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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 each: 730 calories, 21g fat (5g saturated fat), 160mg cholesterol, 929mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 5g fiber), 69g protein.

Reviews for Zesty Chicken Marinara

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Dobbydoo User ID: 8308572 227550
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2015

"Delicious and simple"

simpson5togo User ID: 5383749 146042
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--"

aligatta1 User ID: 6052169 117395
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."

aligatta1 User ID: 6052169 109731
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."

TheDix User ID: 607421 190080
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

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

DRUST User ID: 1546420 109730
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!"

jwfy User ID: 4335749 171133
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

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

Faye Richardson User ID: 5086937 187249
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"

rmorse154 User ID: 4573500 103474
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."

Summy User ID: 1386846 103472
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."

nicholewikel User ID: 5949945 186450
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."

ssears1 User ID: 6238418 146041
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"This recipe has so much flavor to it!"

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 106339
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!!"

nitsrika User ID: 2086722 171127
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."

postmaster23 User ID: 1130661 186447
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2011

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

MY REVIEW User ID: 1056513 120653
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

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

mombom User ID: 3131641 171126
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

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

debbschaefer User ID: 2075692 188316
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

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

MY REVIEW User ID: 3210893 171125
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!"

gavingrma_OH User ID: 361520 171119
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."

conservativegranny User ID: 1697788 190078
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.