Slow Cooker Chicken and Tomatoes with Bow Tie Pasta

Bumper crop meets pasta = HUZZAH.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Tomatoes with Bow Tie Pasta / Bev Cooks

I almost didn’t shoot this recipe. It was such a last-minute kitchen-sink throw together, so it didn’t really occur to me.  Then Aaron was like, “Are you going to shoot this?” And I was like, “Naw.” And he was like, “You better did.” And I was like, “You better DON’T.” (wait, have I ever told you the “you better don’t” story? ohhh man, some day.) And then he was like, “YOU BETTER DON’T DID.” So I did. We have a very understanding marriage.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Tomatoes with Bow Tie Pasta / Bev Cooks

This recipe is preposterously simple to make. You honestly just toss a bunch of chicken thighs (<–best decision in life) into a slow cooker with a ba-junk ton of chopped tomatoes. Like, twenty of ’em. Whatever burgeoning boogers you have in your garden. Romas, Big Boys, heirlooms, whatevs.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Tomatoes with Bow Tie Pasta / Bev Cooks

Then add a diced red bell (you won’t believe a what a delicately subtle difference it makes), an obscene amount of fresh herbs (just whatever. go cray.), lil’ bit of minced garlic and balsamic (holy balls), a kiss of smoked paprika and a fresh Thai chili (you’ll fish it out later so stop panicking), and a tiny bit of sugar (I don’t really have anything to say here, but I felt one more parentheses was needed.), and das it! Let the slow cooker do the work while you deep clean bathroom drawers because your life is thrilling.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Tomatoes with Bow Tie Pasta / Bev Cooks

After about four to six hours, take a couple of forks and give the thighs a light shred. Kind of like a Jillian Michaels workout, but without the tears and therapy.

You’ll just serve this over your fave pasta! I used bow tie this time because it’s easier for tiny toddler paws to manhandle. But anything works. Linguine, elbow, angel hair, rigatoni. Shoot, even rice’ll do.

It’s a brothy sauce (at first), so be sure and serve it with a good ladle of that juicy-ness right at the end, with fresh basil and wilted parmesan shavings. But make sure they’re super wilted, because that makes you a better person.

Don’t listen to me.

But make this!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Tomatoes with Bow Tie Pasta / Bev Cooks


Slow Cooker Chicken and Tomatoes with Bow Tie Pasta:

What it took for 4-6:

* two pounds chicken thighs
* 15-20 roma tomatoes, chopped
* 1 red bell pepper, diced
* 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 pinch crushed red pepper
* 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
* 1 pinch sugar
* 1 Tbs. mixed fresh herbs (thyme and oregano)
* 1 tsp smoked paprika
* 1 large pinch of salt and pepper
* 1 Thai chili pepper (optional)
* 1 pound bowtie pasta

Combine all the ingredients (but not the pasta) in a slow cooker. Cook on medium for 4-6 hours. Shred the chicken with two forks and toss to incorporate with the juices of everything. Which sounds grody. Sorry. Fish the Thai chili out before serving.

Cook the pasta until it reaches al dente, and serve a nice mound of shredded chicken and tomatoes on top. Garnish with fresh basil and parmesan shavings! SRSLY.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Tomatoes with Bow Tie Pasta / Bev Cooks

Now I want ice cream.


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14 Responses to Slow Cooker Chicken and Tomatoes with Bow Tie Pasta

  1. Julie August 11, 2015 at 6:57 am #
    Looks so delicious! Aren't chicken thighs the best thing ever?? I rarely use chicken breasts anymore.
  2. Heidi @foodiecrush August 11, 2015 at 7:52 am #
    My mission is to make more slow cooker recipes, it keeps the chicken so moist! Gorgeous as always and way to bump out that bumper crop!
  3. Liz A August 11, 2015 at 10:25 am #
    Thank you for planning my dinner for tomorrow. Love this, super simple and super perfect.
  4. Brian @ A Thought For Food August 11, 2015 at 10:04 pm #
    At the end of the summer season, I swear I'm going to pull apart all the basil from our garden, use up the remaining tomatoes, and make Eric a big batch of this beautiful chicken dish.
  5. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough August 12, 2015 at 7:10 am #
    Chicken thighs are the best decision I've made in, like, the last year. I don't know what that says about me, but it does also mean I want this slow cooker sitch in my life IMMEDIATELYS.
  6. Jess August 12, 2015 at 2:05 pm #
    This is SO worthy of a blog post and so amazingly, wonderfully, simple looking that I can't wait to try it. He's a smart guy that Aaron.
  7. Macey Lewington August 13, 2015 at 8:39 am #
    I love pasta. I love chicken. Lovely recipe!
  8. Natalie August 19, 2015 at 12:12 pm #
    Well shit I added it all to the crockpot (pasta included) because I can't follow directions, so I just added some chicken broth and hopes that works to cook it..
    • Bev Weidner August 20, 2015 at 10:16 am #
      Uh oh! How did it turn out?
      • Natalie August 20, 2015 at 10:27 am #
        It worked! It smelled SO good when I got home. I actually came home and forgot I was cooking food so was a little alarmed at first. I should have taken it out at 4 hours (but it was 3PM) the pasta was perfect then. It worked, but next time I'm going to cook the pasta separate. I also think that the chicken brother diluted some of the flavor :( on a happy note, my 10 month old gobbled it up. Win!
  9. MC February 7, 2016 at 3:25 pm #
    Thank you for this delicious recipe! Made it just now and it was so easy and made my whole house smell good!
  10. Michelle September 2, 2016 at 12:40 pm #
    I plan on using chicken breasts (what I have left over in the freezer). Would the cook time be the same or less? I don't want them to dry out. But I am super stoked to try this!! Thanks for the share.


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