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Crockpot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti with Broccoli

by Aggies Kitchen on August 19, 2013

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Now that we are back in school and on a schedule, I am working the weekly meal plan again. Last week was our first attempt at meal planning since before summer and it is amazing how easy it makes life come dinner time. For example, Wednesdays have become our designated crock pot day due to late afternoon activities. I love knowing that when we get home close to 6pm that evening that dinner is almost entirely ready. The joy of slow cooking is truly contagious I can tell you. I’m officially addicted.

I made this slow cooker chicken spaghetti recipe a few weeks ago during the summer but my husband is already asking for it to be back in the rotation for one of our slow cooker nights. The chicken cooks up in your favorite spaghetti sauce (I totally cheated for this one and used some good quality jarred sauce that I picked up on sale) and falls apart tenderly right before you add your cooked spaghetti and broccoli. I add the cooked pasta and broccoli straight to the crock pot to keep things less messy and easier to serve. I’ve always loved adding a couple of dollops of ricotta cheese to pasta to give it a more creamy texture, and it worked perfectly with this pasta dish.

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My kids and husband gave this one major thumbs up. Our family of four had plenty left over so this would be great to pack into thermoses for school lunch the next day.

Enjoy!

Crockpot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti with Broccoli

This creamy pasta dish comes together easily with tender slow cooked chicken in tomato sauce - perfect for busy weeknights! Your whole family will love it.

Ingredients

  • 32 oz jar of good quality sauce (or 4 cups homemade sauce)
  • 1 3/4 lb - 2 lb chicken breasts
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 13 oz box of spaghetti
  • 4 cups broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup part skim ricotta
  • red pepper flakes, for serving - optional
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving - optional

Instructions

  1. Add sauce to slow cooker. Place chicken breasts on top of sauce. Season chicken with salt, pepper and oregano. Using tongs, flip chicken breasts over in sauce so that they have sauce on both sides. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  2. When ready to serve, prepare spaghetti as directed. Just before spaghetti is done, about 3 minutes, add broccoli to pasta water with pasta while it finishes its cooking.
  3. When pasta is cooked, drain pasta and broccoli in a large colander. Using two forks, gently shred up chicken in crockpot and incorporate into sauce. Add pasta and broccoli to slow cooker and along with ricotta. Using forks, gently toss spaghetti with sauce, chicken and ricotta until fully incorporated. Ready to serve!
  4. Serve with red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese if desired.

Notes

I normally cook with whole wheat pasta, but lately have been using Dreamfields low glycemic pasta to change things up and love it. This pasta dish is pretty versatile as far as vegetables go - next time I would add a cup of frozen peas when adding the broccoli to get some more veggies in!

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bellini August 19, 2013 at 7:06 am

It souds lie a great comfort food dish that keeps the kitchen cool.

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Erica August 19, 2013 at 7:25 am

There is something about slow cooked meat that is just amazing! This looks totally delish

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Kim | Just For Clicks August 19, 2013 at 7:50 am

I am with you…. back to school means menu planning is a necessity! And I LOVE crockpot meals for busy nights of homework and after-school activities. Can’t wait to try this… love that it has broccoli. Adding it to pasta makes it very kid-friendly! Hugs Friend!

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Tracey August 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

I love a good slow cooker meal too – it just makes dinner time even easier. Pasta and chicken is always a winner in my house, this looks delicious!

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carrian August 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

That is perfect for back to school! Yay for an easy recipe!

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Tieghan August 19, 2013 at 9:19 am

This is perfect for back to school! I love it!

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bridget {bake at 350} August 19, 2013 at 9:23 am

I can’t wait to try this! It sounds so comforting and I know it would be a hit with my boys!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks August 19, 2013 at 10:30 am

Seeeeeeeeeeeriously gonna be all over dis.

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Meagan @ A Zesty Bite August 19, 2013 at 10:34 am

I would love to come home to a meal like this. I can’t believe that school is already starting back up.

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Title Boxing Club Naperville 75th & Naper Blvd August 19, 2013 at 10:34 am

Sounds deliciously wonderful! Can’t wait to try it.

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Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain August 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Seriously, can I come over for dinner?!! I want a big bowl of this deliciousness!!

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Amy @Very Culinary August 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Our late nights this school year will be Monday AND Thursday…give me strength. So I am totally on the look out for easy recipes, especially slow cooker meals. Adding to my list!

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cassie August 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

This is my kind of spaghetti! I love the ricotta and broccoli in there!

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Julia August 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm

This looks delicious and I love easy crockpot recipes–bookmarking this!

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Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer August 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

This sounds so perfect for a family meal, Aggie. Yummy-yum!

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Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective August 20, 2013 at 8:02 am

Perfect weeknight meal! Thanks for sharing! :)

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Cate @ Chez CateyLou August 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm

This looks so good! The perfect weeknight meal :)

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Cookin Canuck August 21, 2013 at 10:40 am

I need a dedicated slow cooker day! I love that you cook the broccoli in the pasta water…I am constantly doing that so that I don’t have to dirty another pot. Great back-to-school meal, Aggie.

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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Oh goodness, this is PURE comfort food! I want to twirl my fork around a big bowl of this!

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Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) August 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

This pasta dish is beautiful. It’s the perfect anytime comfort food.

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Nutmeg Nanny August 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Crockpot recipes are my favorite!! This looks so freakin good, my mouth is watering :)

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Shelly (Cookies and Cups) August 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm

School is almost here for us, gonna add this to the dinner list! =)

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katie August 25, 2013 at 8:48 pm

mmmm love this idea of a slow cooker chicken spaghetti dinner! I too have been embracing the slow cooker a lot more lately! Must give this recipe a try!

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heather August 6, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Hi this looks great! is this web sight about clean eating??

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