Slow cooker Italian chicken tenders are an easy one pot crockpot meal that has something for everyone. Classic Italian flavoring, diced tomatoes and tender broccoli make for a light but flavorful treat.Jump to Recipe
Chicken again? Yep! But this one isn't boring or overdone. It is full of flavor and yet still light and healthy. It is a great warm meal in the winter, but light enough to serve on a hot summer day.
For this easy crockpot meal you will need:
- Chicken - chicken tenders are my go to, but thighs work well too and will stay more moist
- Onion - a small diced red onion is perfect, but any onion will do
- Broccoli - fresh, cut into florets
- Garlic - minced
- Italian seasoning
- Diced tomatoes - Canned, diced tomatoes with all the liquid works best. For extra flavor, those with Italian type seasonings already added are great.
- Green pepper - one small, diced pepper
This is one of those super easy dump and go recipes. Everything can be added directly to your slow cooker, mixed together and then forgotten for a few hours while your crockpot works it's magic. BUT (there is always a but!), if you like your broccoli a little more on the al dente side, hold it out and add in for the last 45 minutes or so of the total cooking time. This will allow it to remain more firm and lightly cooked.
Prep in advance option
This chicken tender dish a great one to assemble before hand and store in your refrigerator. Mix all ingredients other than broccoli together in a fridge safe container or bag. When you are ready, pop the mixture into your crockpot.
Slow cooker Italian chicken tenders are great served over pasta (as shown in the pictures). It is also wonderful over rice, riced cauliflower or my personal favorite: mashed cauliflower! Mashed potatoes are also a great side kick. Topping your Italian chicken & broccoli with fresh shredded or shaved parmesan cheese is the perfect finishing touch. And, of course, a crusty Italian loaf is always a welcome accompaniment.
Leftovers will store perfectly in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for several months. They can be easily reheated in the microwave. Storing in single serving sized containers or bags makes for easy reheat and eat future meals.
😉Hints and hacks
- Chicken is considered safe to eat by the FDA when it reaches in internal temperature of 165ºF. I recommend using a meat thermometer to confirm when that your chicken is fully cooked and to help avoid over cooking.
- This dish works well with chicken tenders and thighs. It can also be made with chicken breasts, but it would recommend cutting them up into smaller pieces either before or after cooking.
- Slow cooker liners are an optional but helpful hack whenever using a crockpot. They allow you to cook with little to no cleanup. I like to buy mine in bulk for a better per-piece price.
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Yes! Raw chicken can be safely cooked in a slow cooker. The best way to confirm it is safe to eat is to use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature of the chicken is at least 165ºF.
If your tenders accidentally become a little more dried out than you like then, use two forks to pull them into shreds and mix thoroughly with the sauce in this recipe. That can often make a difference and help to rescue over cooked chicken,
🍗More great chicken dishes
Lazy Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Tenders
- 4 quart or larger slow cooker
- Knife and cutting board
- measuring spoons
- slow cooker liner (optional)
- 1½ lbs chicken tenders This dish is also great with chicken thighs
- 29 oz diced tomatoes Italian flavored canned tomatoes are best
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 small green pepper diced
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- salt and pepper
- add all ingredients other than broccoli to slow cooker
- stir to combine, cover and cook for 4-6 hours on low.
- add broccoli florets to slow cooker for last 45 minutes or so of cooking and stir to combine.
- Salt and pepper to taste prior to serving
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