Tender, fall-off-the-bone Slow Cooker Italian Chicken is a hearty and wholesome dish that the whole family will love — you only need 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep! Sponsored by Imagine® Foods.
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Drumsticks
In college, my sister and I lived together. While frozen chicken and broccoli was my specialty, my sister used to make a slow cooker chicken legs recipe that was out-of-this-world amazing! She definitely inherited most (ok, all) of my Granny’s talent in the kitchen.
It’s been a cold and rainy week here in Texas, so I decided to create my own spin on those easy slow cooker chicken drumsticks that I remember so fondly.
I recently noticed that Imagine® Foods soups and broths are now available at Walmart, so I picked up a few of my favorite varieties to have on hand at home. I especially love their Creamy Tomato Soup — it was another one of my favorite easy meals in college!
And that’s when inspiration struck…
I just had a hunch that those chicken drumsticks would taste fabulous after simmering all day in a slow cooker with Imagine® Creamy Tomato Soup, potatoes, and a bit of Italian seasoning.
It doesn’t get any easier than this:
- 5 ingredients
- 5 minutes prep time
- less than $10 for all the ingredients needed
The end result was just as delicious as I’d hoped! This is a hearty, wholesome dish that can easily be scaled up or down in size — perfect for a busy weeknight meal or to make when you’ve got company over for dinner.
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Ingredients
Let’s talk a minute about the ingredients first, because that’s what really makes this recipe rock!
Imagine® Creamy Tomato Soup
I absolutely love Imagine® Creamy Tomato Soup! This was my go-to lunch in college because it was easy, fast, and flavorful — it’s just as delicious as I remember!
Another reason I choose Imagine® products is because they are Ingredient Proud — one taste and you’ll notice the difference. Their Creamy Tomato Soup is made from only the best organic vine-ripened tomatoes, and the garden fresh flavor truly shines through!
What’s even more amazing about Imagine® Creamy Tomato Soup is that it gets all its creamy flavor without the addition of any dairy! Since I’m lactose intolerant, I’m always careful to read labels — I get super excited when I find delicious, accessible dairy-free options.
Imagine® Creamy Tomato Soup is also USDA Organic, Gluten free, Vegetarian, Non-GMO Project verified, and Kosher Parve. There are no MSG or artificial preservatives inside, but there are LOTS of key nutrients, like Vitamins A and C. I look for every opportunity possible to add nutrient dense foods to our day and Imagine® products make it easy!
Believe it or not, you don’t have to seek out a fancy health food store to find Imagine® Creamy Tomato Soup and other Imagine products —they’re available in the soup aisle at your local Walmart. In fact, you can find everything we used to make our crockpot Italian chicken at Walmart — for less than $10!
Last, but definitely not least, Imagine® products feature innovative aseptic carton packaging that not only preserves freshness and homemade taste, but uses less material and less energy than conventional packaging. Premium taste and better for our environment — I couldn’t love this more!
For our vegetables, we chose new potatoes and artichokes because they would hold up after hours in the slow cooker. The artichokes are especially delicious because they literally melt in your mouth and the potatoes soak up all the savory juices. It’s a winning combination for sure!
You can absolutely use fresh veggies, but we used canned to save time. Walmart has an expansive selection of canned vegetables at an unbeatable price!
I’m partial to drumsticks, but you could also use leg quarters or thighs for this slow cooker Italian chicken recipe. We left the skin on for cooking so the meat stays together. This method of “slow and low” cooking makes the meat so tender it falls off the bone!
We have a fairly large slow cooker, so we used two pounds of chicken drumsticks. However, you can use more or less meat depending on how many people you’re serving. I recommend making enough for each person to have 2-3 drumsticks.
How to Make Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Potatoes
A free printable copy of this crockpot Italian chicken is available at the end of the post.
My husband is the chef in our family, but this recipe is so simple that even I can handle it. All you need to do is add your ingredients to the slow cooker and set it to “low” for 4-6 hours or until chicken is done.
Seriously, it’s that easy!
- Our slow cooker Italian chicken is hearty enough to stand on its own, but is also delicious plated over rice or cauliflower rice.
- Want more veggies? Try our 2-ingredient Ginger Ale Glazed Carrots on the side!
- Soak up the delicious broth with our slow cooker bread recipe!
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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Potatoes
- 1-2 lbs chicken drumsticks
- 1 package Imagine® Creamy Tomato Soup 32oz
- 1 can new potatoes 15oz
- 1 can artichoke hearts 13.75oz
- 1 package Italian dressing mix
- Add chicken drumsticks to slow cooker, followed by potatoes and artichoke hearts.
- Pour Imagine® Creamy Tomato Soup over chicken and vegetables, trying to coat as much surface as possible.
- Sprinkle Italian dressing mix on top and place lid on slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until chicken is done.