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a light blue bowl filled with this slow cooker cheesy pesto chicken pasta
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Slow Cooker Cheesy Pesto Chicken Pasta

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time2 hrs 7 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow Cooker Pasta Recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 420kcal


  • 1.5 pounds chicken breast tenderloins (or chicken breasts)
  • 7 ounce pesto (I used the Buitoni Pesto with Basil)
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • ½ stick butter sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 ounce bowtie pasta
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella and provolone cheese blend shredded, (you can use mozzarella if you can't find the blend)
  • parsley to garnish


  • Place chicken in slow cooker (I put them in frozen). Spread pesto on top of chicken. Squeeze juice of ½ of a lemon over pesto. Put sliced pats of butter evenly on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Put on lid and cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 3 to 4 hours.  Once done shred with two forks.
  • In a sauce pan or pot, cook pasta according to package directions to al dente. Drain pasta and pour into slow cooker. Add in cheeses and stir to distribute. Let cook until cheeses are melted. About 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with parsley if desired and serve immediately. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 533mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 661IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 1mg