Easy Slow Cooked Chicken Pesto Pasta


August 25, 2018

Easy Slow Cooked Chicken Pesto Pasta 5 0 5 16

easy and full of flavour you may want to make up extra as your family will be wanting seconds !!!

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • 10 mins

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 10 mins

  • Yields: 4


4-6 chicken thigh (leave whole)

1 cup spinach

6x sundried tomatoes sliced or cherry tomatoes work well

1x tsp garlic

300ml of cream

1 cup chicken stock

1 jar of basil pesto (recommend barilla)

Parmesan about 1/4 of a cup

Salt and pepper


1Place all Ingredients (apart from spinach) into slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours add the spinach about 30 minutes before serving just to soften it.

2If cream splits add 1tbs or cornflour to 1-2 Tbs or water mix and pour into slow cookers and it should fix that problem. Alternatively you can add the cream when you add your spinach.

3Serve with pasta cooked as per packet directions and a good sprinkle of Parmesan

4I almost used a full packet of penne this made enough for 4 people

Submitted by Jarrah King


37 Reviews


April 23, 2022

Great recipe. Simple and tasty.


April 22, 2022

Delicious !!! Will definitely make it again!


December 22, 2021

Is there anything that would work instead to cream to reduce fat?


March 14, 2021

This is always a family favourite!!! I brown the chicken thighs on the pan with the oil of the stuffed cheese red baby capsicums that I add to this, gives it a nice flavour! I also add cashews to this recipe and it just works! Super yummy!

Belinda Rodoreda

February 2, 2021

Absolutely Delicious !!!
Tried for the first time today and hugely impressed. The chicken was super tender and just pulled apart so easily. Loved the flavours, I used cherry tomatoes as I forgot to buy sundried.
Next time I’ll add more cherry tomatoes and more spinach as there was heaps of sauce.

Tess Murray’

November 11, 2020

Wow, both my husband and I totally love this meal. The flavours are unbelievable.

Nicole Lovell

November 9, 2020

OMG!!!!! It’s an absolutely delicious meal. Will definitely be making it again and again


August 13, 2020

This is so yummy! Super easy and cheap
Even my fussy toddler loved it and ate heaps and she is really hard to cook for.
I’ll definitely be making this again


June 19, 2020

Lovely meal. Even my dad (who doesn’t usually eat chicken) enjoyed it as well. I did add some basil leaves for extra flavour.

As per first step, everything but spinach goes in at the start 🙂

In the cooker as per first step 🙂


January 26, 2020

Does the 1/4 cup parmesan go in the slow cooker ? Or is that what’s sprinkled on top at the end ?


January 26, 2020

The recipe says everything in except the spinach, so do I put the parmesan in with It all? Or is the that on the list because that’s sprinkled on top at the end

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

December 10, 2019

It would significantly change the taste of the dish … but it would ‘work’ as such. Just very different to how it’s intended


December 9, 2019

Would this still work if I didn’t have the pesto?

Vivienne Gibson

November 24, 2019

Beautiful recipe, I cut down on the fats, cream etc as plenty of oil in the pesto. Still very tasty,and great for big group of people.


November 22, 2019

Fantastic and so easy to make! I love adding a bit of bacon, onion and avocado, it works really well with this dish. The kids love it and it’s just so simple. I prefer the jar of Sacla pesto 🙂


September 16, 2019

So delicious!! Will be making again❤️


August 31, 2019

Omg, this has become another favourite slow cooker meal! It’s restaurant quality. Could easily have this twice a week. The one year old loved it as well which is always a win 😊 delicious!

Your pasta would be very overcooked if you added it at the start Yvonne

Yvonne Dever

August 2, 2019

Could you substitute coconut cream for the cooking cream and also could you add the uncooked pasta to the slow cooker at the start??


July 4, 2019

Fantastic recipie. Very tasty.


June 28, 2019

Absolutely amazing

Leslee Twemlow

June 25, 2019

Seriously the best dish i have come across on this site. Kids love it every time i make it. I did try using a tomato pesto but it was not great. Will be sticking with the traditional basil pesto.

Leslee Twemlow

May 27, 2019

Love this recipe! Full of flavour and kid friendly! Do not usually like pesto flavour but i love this!

I always recommend cooking cream myself 🙂


May 2, 2019

What type of cream is it please?

Maddison Smith

May 1, 2019

Made this tonight and i am far from disappointed! My partner said it’s the best thing I’ve ever cooked and went back for seconds, the entire family loved it.

I served it with cheddar cheese instead of parmesan , and added extra spinach. And of course, garlic bread on the side!!

Will definitely make this again!

Yes 🙂 I find breast more dry to slow cook but definitely still works if you prefer breast


April 28, 2019

Would chicken breasts still work with this?


April 27, 2019

Cud I use drum sticks instead of thighs?

The Barilla brand listed is a 190g jar

Anthony Butt

April 5, 2019

how big a jar of pesto would you use for this recipe?


January 27, 2019

Family Favourite my 8 yo loves this one. I left out the sun dried tomatoes/ tomatoes and we used the red pesto .. was so full of flavour. We had leftovers for work lunches the next day and it was even better.

Jordan Rowland

January 25, 2019

This was utterly amazing! Definitely going to become a regular in our house from now on when we are in a hurry… We used Gluten free pasta, which didn’t make any difference to taste, it was still delicious!

Ashleigh Barnier

October 2, 2018

Tastes amazing! Chicken just falls apart when eating.

Tracey Tyrrell

September 25, 2018

What a winner this is. Family loved it. Hubby is extremely fussy 3 veg and meat but he went back for 3rds on this one.

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