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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Thighs with Orzo Recipe

Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
5 hrs
Serves 6- 8
In this Recipe

Boneless skinless chicken thighs are a great value and super easy to cook in a slow cooker. This recipe uses just a few ingredients to make a delicious dinner that is full of classic Italian flavor. To customize this recipe to your own taste, use your favorite pasta sauce. If you love garlic, use a stronger garlic flavor sauce, or if you like spicy, use a spicy sauce! The possibilities for tweaking are endless with this recipe, so if you made an addition or change, let us know! Just rate the recipe and leave a comment below to share how you made this recipe your own. Enjoy!


  • 2 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 jar Marinara Sauce (24 oz. size)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
  • 1 Yellow Onion (chopped)
  • 1.5 cup Orzo
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth


  1. Add chicken thighs, marinara sauce, pepper and onion to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.

  2. Remove the chicken thighs from the slow cooker and set aside. Add chicken broth and orzo. Stir mixture. Add chicken thighs back in. Cook for another 30 – 45 minutes until the orzo is cooked. Add more chicken broth if necessary to cook orzo.

  3. Once orzo is done cooking, remove mixture from slow cooker and serve. Garnish with fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese if desired!

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