Easy Crockpot Italian Chicken [Cooking With Kids]

Yummy Italian Chicken Dinner!
Yummy Italian Chicken Dinner! | Source

Kids Cook Monday

The kids are always in my kitchen, but usually that is because they love to help me cook. This week we prepared an easy recipe that will help busy families eat healthy on the go. I love using my crockpot or slow cooker to cook with, especially when I know that I will be very busy that day. For this recipe, we prepared the meal the day before and then started the crockpot in the morning.

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Ingredients for Slowcooker Italian Chicken

  • 1-1/2 pounds of chicken breasts
  • One can (32 oz.) crushed or diced tomatoes
  • one small zucchini
  • one summer squash
  • one small onion
  • 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese (optional)
  • one tablespoon of fresh oregano (1 tsp. if using dried)
  • salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

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Add half of the crushed tomatoes.Add the chicken breasts and season.Have the kids add the vegetables.Vegetables are in!Now for the last of the tomatoes!
Add half of the crushed tomatoes.
Add half of the crushed tomatoes. | Source
Add the chicken breasts and season.
Add the chicken breasts and season. | Source
Have the kids add the vegetables.
Have the kids add the vegetables. | Source
Vegetables are in!
Vegetables are in! | Source
Now for the last of the tomatoes!
Now for the last of the tomatoes! | Source

Directions for Italian Chicken

  1. Trim the fat from each of the chicken breasts and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Slice the zucchini and summer squash into thick (about 1/2 inch) rounds. Slice the onion and set aside the vegetables.
  3. Pour half of the can of crushed tomatoes into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  4. Add the chicken breasts on top of the tomatoes.
  5. Next add the zucchini, squash and onions. Add the oregano.
  6. Pour the remaining crushed tomatoes over the vegetables.
  7. Cook on high in your slow cooker for about 4 hours.
  8. Serve with a side of pasta to complete your meal. Add mozzarella to the top if desired.

Variations for Italian Chicken

These were the vegetables that we had on hand for our meal but there are many ways that you can change this simple dish. Add some garlic for a little extra kick or different vegetables like mushrooms or peppers to change it up a little. There are so many ways that you can make this a family friendly and healthy meal, just peak around in your fridge and see what you find!

Talking to Your Children About Healthy Eating

This recipe is quick and simple so there is not too much for the kids to do with this recipe. However cooking is not always about the tasks of preparing the actual meal, it is also the conversation about healthy eating choices. Here are some things that you can talk with them about.

  1. Talk about the colors of the foods that they are cooking with. Explain in kid friendly terms that each color helps your body to get different nutrients. That it is important to eat all the colors of the rainbow.
  2. Talk about what your child enjoys about cooking. You might be surprised at his or her answer. You may think it is because your child can use a variety of kitchen equipment but really it is because he or she is spending time with you.
  3. Talk about planting a garden. If your child is enjoying cooking with you, talk about the possibility of planting a garden in your own yard. Even if you have a small yard you can still plant some vegetables in containers.

As a parent of a 4 1/2 and 6 year olds, I have found that it is never too early to start these conversations.

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savingkathy 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great recipe and healthy eating tips! I love my crockpot - I will have to give your recipe a try. Love that your kids are involved too :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

My kids love to cook with me. They run to the kitchen when I start to cook! Thanks so much for your kind comments and I hope you like it!


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

I'll try this but I'm going to use mushrooms and garlic and pass on the squash - not a big fan of either type. I'm curious -- which of the kids responded #2 differently than you expected? They are both awesome kids to help you so much. Give them hugs from me - oh yeah, and voted up :)


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Thadrok 4 years ago from Portland, OR

Sounds tasty and simple. You sure this isn't a recipe for bachelors? :)


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

Yummy and super easy - sounds great to me! I have been looking for more crockpot recipes so I will have to add this one to the list. Thanks for the recipe - will be sharing this one!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

We're not much of mushroom fans here but they would definitely work in this recipe. Both kids answered the way that I thought they would but some parents might find their kid's answer surprising.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Haha Thadrok! This is a great recipe for bachelors, working parents, really anyone. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for sharing Alissa. Glad you found it useful and I hope you like it!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Yummy recipe with really useful tips for cooking with kids. Thanks for this, cara. Love the pics of children cooking with such concentration. Cute!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Aww, thanks Docmo. I always appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my hubs. Hope you get a chance to give it a try!


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Doc Sonic 4 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

This recipe looks easy and tasty, which are pretty much my two criteria for evaluating a recipe. :)

Crockpot recipes are always good to have. When my kids were younger and helping out in the kitchen, we were also careful to discuss issues like not using the same cutting board for raw meat and vegetables, etc. Don't want 'em getting sick in their anxiousness to help out.

Thanks for the new recipe!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Cara-I'll have to try this one at home, it has all the right ingredients: easy, cooks while I'm away (sleeping that is...), with food I enjoy-YUM! Thanks for sharing with us from Chef 1 and Chef 2


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Great tip Doc Sonic! Definitely don't want anyone getting sick with our cooking. :) I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

It is very easy and that's my style as well. Hope you enjoy it!


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Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

Squash! Zucchini! Cheese! Chicken! Tomato sauce! How can you go wrong?


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Well we enjoyed it, that's for sure!


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Another engaging 'Kids cook monday' hub from you! This is really a yummy recipe! I would like to give this recipe a try! I am fond of any tomato-based food! Nice photos and well-laid instructions!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the votes up ishwaryaa22! I hope that you enjoy it. We love tomato based foods as well even though my kids aren't fond of tomatoes on their own. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.

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