Zesty Chicken Marinara Recipe
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Zesty Chicken Marinara Recipe

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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
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Zesty Chicken Marinara in Simple & Delicious May 2010, p15

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Dobbydoo 227550
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2015

"Delicious and simple"

simpson5togo 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 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 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 190080
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

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

DRUST 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 171133
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

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

Faye Richardson 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 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 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."

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