Easy slow cooked pesto chicken


May 22, 2019

Simple, delicious and really tasty even the fussy ones should enjoy this !

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • 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.


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

2Serve with pasta cooked as per packet directions and a good sprinkle of Parmesan

3I almost used a full packet of penne this made enough for 4 people

Submitted by Jarrah King


15 Reviews

Lauren crick

July 7, 2022

My son asked me to find a pesto chicken recipe and boy did he love it! Full of flavour! Definitely a keeper..
I added cream with the spinach and cooked the pasta and added at the end! Yummo!

For slow cooking I always use cooking cream myself Debra 🙂

Debra Lingier

July 1, 2022

Can you use cooking cream instead ?


June 18, 2022

This recipe is on high rotation at my house. It is simple to prepare and it smells and tastes devine.


November 3, 2020

Really easy dish to make and totally yum. I put extra chicken in as I had 2 packs (1.7kg in total) and an extra 3/4 cup of water then I put a whole packet of pasta in 40 mins to the end and it cooked perfectly. I kept the rest of the ingredients the same quantities as the recipe and it was really tasty and made 8 portions

Andrew Shaw

July 9, 2020

Tried this last night and my partner and I loved it.
I made a couple of very minor tweaks that I will definitely repeat next time:
– Added some bacon and gave it and the chicken a light sear the start
– Half way through the cook, added some sliced mushrooms
– Added the cream and the spinach at the same time close to the end (as suggested as an option in the recipe)
– Half cooked the pasta in a pot to start with and then added it in at the end to finish off.

I have been instructed to put this on the “We must do this regularly” list !

Yes you could 🙂


July 9, 2019

Pauline can you use chicken thigh cut up into small pieces?

You’ll find this and other info that will be useful to you in the BLOG tab of our website where we post articles on slow cooking topics. This one on SLOW COOKING PASTA has all you need 🙂


July 8, 2019

Just starting out with my slow cooker how does everyone cook the pasta can it go into the slow cooker all day do you boil it on the stove and add In at the end? Please help

Usually they are around 190g


July 1, 2019

How big of a jar of the basil pesto?


May 26, 2019

Great recipe – easy and everyone loved it. Added cooked penne in for last 30
Mins, along with the spinach and some basil.


May 22, 2019

This recipe is AMAZING! quickly became one of my boyfriends favourite recipes. Easy to make and follow.

Suzie Stares

May 22, 2019

Love this dish but next time I might try gnocchi instead of pasta and see how that works out.

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