Doug is SUPER picky! He had never even tasted spaghetti when he married me! I have no idea how he ever got brave enough to try Parmesan Chicken but, I’m glad he did. I usually ALWAYS make this dish for our anniversary. (Hence the wedding photo LOL.) We didn’t have a stove for the first few months we were married but we did have a microwave (they were a new gadget in the 80’s but we got one for a wedding gift!). The recipe I started with was in the cookbook for the microwave. (Only newlyweds would enjoy chicken cooked in a microwave (ick!) but, we did. Ha!)
I usually make this in the oven (never the microwave anymore thankfully…) In the original recipe you had to dip the chicken in an egg/water combination, then in the bread crumb/parmesan cheese mixture, back in the egg/water, and then again in the bread crumb mixture. It was quite time consuming so we usually only had it on our anniversary.
Old age and practicality took over and I have shortened the process. It works great. Directions are a little different for baking in the oven. I will post those another day.
This week I decided to throw caution to the wind and try it in the crockpot. I told Doug, “I can’t imagine that it could ever be bad enough that we wouldn’t eat it, right?” We loved it! Super fast to ready in the morning and super easy. I only use five ingredients!
How To Make Easy Peasy Parmesan Chicken in the Crockpot (Only 5 ingredients!)
Chicken (I use thawed boneless, skinless breast tenders) (In a quantity that your family will eat. I use about six because we like leftovers but there are only two of us.)
1 1/2 to 2 cups of seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese (I use the green can.)
Jarred spaghetti sauce (I used home canned but use your favorite)
(Use tongs to handle the chicken if you don’t want too much mess.)
In a large baggie or pie plate, combine the parmesan cheese and the bread crumbs:
Dredge the chicken a few pieces at a time in this mixture. I used a baggie and just turned the bag all around to coat, like this:
Place the coated chicken pieces in the crockpot:
Dump on the jarred spaghetti sauce (large jar) (you can dump sauce on each layer of chicken if you are using a few layers of chicken):
Cook on LOW -8-10 hours in your crockpot (covered) (no mozzarella yet; you add that when it is fully cooked):
After you arrive home, go ahead and top with grated/shredded mozzarella. Place the lid back on. Start some pasta water. We like to serve penne pasta with our Parmesan Chicken. By the time your pasta is done cooking, the cheese will be melted and you will be ready to eat!