Delicious and Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

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Delicious and Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
154 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on October 29, 2023

Enjoy the convenience of a slow cooker with this tasty recipe for chicken meatballs in tomato sauce. These meatballs are made with ground chicken, breadcrumbs, and flavorful herbs and spices. They are then slow cooked in a rich tomato sauce, making them tender and full of flavor. Serve these delicious meatballs with your favorite pasta or on a sub roll for a hearty and satisfying meal.


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, chopped basil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to combine.
  2. Shape the mixture into small meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter.
  3. In a slow cooker, combine the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Stir well to combine.
  4. Place the meatballs in the sauce in the slow cooker. Make sure they are submerged in the sauce.
  5. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 4 hours, or until the meatballs are cooked through and tender.
  6. Serve the meatballs and sauce over cooked pasta or on a sub roll. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.

Interesting Facts

  • Using ground chicken instead of beef makes these meatballs lighter and healthier.
  • The slow cooker allows the flavors to meld together and creates tender meatballs.
  • The addition of red pepper flakes adds a subtle heat to the tomato sauce.