Italian Flavored Chicken and Potatoes

Italian Flavored Chicken and Potatoes

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
345 Calories
8g Fat
28g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 345
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 290mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 12mg 59%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 935mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Italian-flavored recipe takes just minutes to prepare and is a wonderful family dinner for a busy day. Fix the ingredients in the morning, place in the slow cooker, and come back for a deliciously easy meal. Seasoned with Italian herbs and a zesty dressing, the chicken and potatoes make a wholesome and simple meal.

Simply mix all the ingredients and cook. You can use store-bought zesty Italian dressing, but by making your own you can control the quality of the ingredients and monitor the amount of sodium and fat added, as many pre-made sauces and dressings are heavy on those items.

Serve this wonderful recipe with a green crunchy salad with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, or a simple mixture of avocados and cherry tomatoes dressed with olive oil and lemon juice. As the dish already has a good deal of hearty nutrition, a side of green vegetables is best. Alternatively, steam some broccoli or french string beans to add some crunch to your meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts (boneless and skinless, sliced)

  • 1/2 cup zesty Italian salad dressing

  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 4 medium potatoes (cubed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Italian Flavored Chicken and Potatoes ingredients

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  2. Place the chicken, salad dressing, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic, and potatoes in a 3- to 4-quart crockpot. Mix well to coat the chicken and potatoes with the dressing and seasonings.

    chicken, potatoes and seasonings in a crock pot

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked to 165 F and the potatoes are tender.

    Italian Flavored Chicken and Potatoes

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Make Your Own Zesty Dressing

To make your own zesty dressing for this recipe, or to use on salads, you'll need 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/3 cup red wine vinegar, 1/2 tablespoons agave or maple syrup, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 4 small minced garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1 pinch onion powder, 1 pinch dried oregano, 1 pinch dried basil, and 1 pinch dried parsley. Mix all the ingredients well and serve. Alternatively, place all the ingredients in a mason jar, and shake vigorously. Keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Additions and Substitutions

Add other ingredients to this super easy recipe, or use it as a template to create your own version:

  • Add chopped onions, baby carrots, peppers, peas, parsnips, grape tomatoes, or a combination of two or more of these ingredients.
  • Use 1 pound of mini potatoes instead of the cubed potatoes. Leave them whole.
  • Add 1 pint of sliced white mushrooms halfway through the cooking process. Before serving, add 3/4 cup of heavy cream to the pot, mix well, taste for seasoning, and adjust to your taste. Allow the cream to heat up and serve. For a meatier texture, use sliced Portobello mushrooms.
  • Substitute boneless, skinless chicken thighs for the breasts in this recipe to get more flavor and a little extra fat. Use the same amount of thighs, and increase the cooking time to 7 to 9 hours.
  • Substitute chicken for sliced turkey breast or sliced beef. Adjust the flavor of the broth accordingly.
  • Use bone-in chicken pieces to get extra flavor. Remove the skin and cook the ingredients for 7 to 9 hours or until they test 165 F on an instant-read meat thermometer.
  • Add shredded cheese on top 20 minutes before the time is up, allowing the cheese to melt before serving. Or transfer the cooked mixture to a large baking dish, top with cheese, and place under the broiler until the cheese is melted and of a golden brown color.