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Zesty Chicken Marinara Recipe

Zesty Chicken Marinara Recipe

A friend served this wonderful Italian dish before a church social, and I fell in love with it. —Linda Baumann, Richfield, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:4 servings


  • 4 bone-in chicken breast halves (12 to 14 ounces each), skin removed
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 pound uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • 1. Place chicken in a 4-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the marinara sauce, tomato, salad dressing, Italian seasoning and garlic; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender.
  • 2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Serve chicken and sauce with pasta; sprinkle with cheese.
    Freeze option: Do not cook pasta. Freeze cooled chicken mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Cook pasta according to package directions. Place chicken mixture in a large skillet; heat until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Serve as directed. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 730 calories, 21 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 160 mg cholesterol, 929 mg sodium, 61 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 69 g protein.

Reviews for Zesty Chicken Marinara

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Reviewed Jun. 6, 2015

"Delicious and simple"

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"My whole fam loved this--I added fresh mushrooms a little more than half way through and used 1/2 can italian tomatoes in place of a fresh one. Would definitely make again--"

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"The sauce in the recipe was really good! The chicken, however, was not. The texture was perfect but the taste was not good. If I made it again, I was just make the sauce."

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"The sauce in the recipe was really good! The chicken, however, was not. The texture was perfect but the taste was not good. If I made it again, I was just make the sauce."

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

"Delicious! This goes together quickly and is very tasty."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"I thought this was pretty good-- it was certainly easy to make-- but what makes this a fabulous recipe in MY book, is that my finicky son loved it, and even happily ate leftovers the next day!"

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"Followed recipe. Was easy and good but not memorable! Would make again if needing something easy."

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"This is a delicious reciipe, made a full

recipe going to freeze some for later, when
I dont want to cook. thank you. cant read
the two square under this so dont know what you want to know, but I like this one. Even my two year old nephew like it. Glad to try a new recipe and it turned
out delicious. thanks again fr"

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"So easy and so flavorful. I thought the sauce was going to be too runny but after I thoroughly stirred it, it was just right. I used boneless chicken breasts since that is all I had and they were moist and super tender. My husband volunteered that he liked the dish! That's enough for me to make this on a regular basis."

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2012

"I have made this recipe many times. I use frozen chicken breast so that they come out tender, but firm. I use Vidalia onion dressing. It gives the sauce a great flavor. Pizza sauce, instead of spaghetti sauce, is really good too in a pinch. This is a keeper recipe for a busy day. It couldn't be simpler or more delicious."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"This dish is a great meal if you're having one of those busy days you just feel like adding something to the crockpot and not having to worry about it until dinner time. I would suggest adding cornstarch to the remaining sauce as it is key to making this dish successful."

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"This recipe has so much flavor to it!"

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"This was very good and so easy. Everyone just loved it. For the left overs I combined the pasta, sauce and cut up the chicken . . . yummy!!"

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2011

"I was nervous about making this for company without having done a test run first, but it was a huge success! Our dinner guest took leftovers home with him and my family asked that it become part of my regular repertoire."

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2011

"great recipe...I browned the chicken breasts in olive oil before placing in crockpot..used my homemade spaghetti sauce. YUM!"

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"easy, delicious, kids and husband loved it! Will definitely be a regular recipe in my house."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"Very tasty sauce and easy to make. A nice crock-pot recipe to keep on hand. Family friendly too!"

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"I make this recipe regularly and love it- such a good flavor!"

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2010

"Delicious! Easy to make and it should be good served on a bed of rice. I used bonelss chicken breast. My sister-in-law who was here for dinner wants this recipe as it was quite delightful to the taste buds. Enjoy!"

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"I used frozen bone-in chicken breast & spaghetti sauce which I cooked for 7 hours. It was great. Next time I will add more tomatoes because they were really good."

Reviewed May. 21, 2010

"Very flavorful and simple. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts and I slow cooked on hi for 5 hours. The recipe says to cook on low. I had large chicken pieces and I didn't think that would be long enough."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.