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 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."

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