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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Marinara Stew (Gluten Free, Whole 30)

This  slow cooker Italian Chicken Marinara stew is insanely healthy, remarkably delicious, gluten free, and Whole 30 approved, plus it is perfect for meal prep and freezes like a dream. Get the recipe, and check out my week-end thoughts and updates at the end of the post.

I’m going to jump right in to the recipe, so that we can all start drooling and figuring out if we have everything we need to make this Chicken Marinara Stew!

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Marinara Stew (Gluten Free, Whole 30)

This slow cooker chicken marinara stew is the perfect healthy dinner and perfect for meal prep! Gluten free, dairy free, high protein, Whole 30 approved, and HUGE in flavor. @suzlyfe http://suzlyfe.com/slow-cooker-italian-chicken-marinara-stew-gluten-free-whole-30/

I’ll be the first to admit that when I have pasta, I don’t want pasta: I want everything BUT the pasta. My dream Italian meal? A giant bowl of pomodoro sauce filled with veggies and chicken or seafood (Frutti di Mare?? UM YES). You can keep your ravioli, spaghetti, and rigatoni. Give me zoodles and red sauce, and a fresh piece of foccacia. 

This slow cooker chicken marinara stew is the perfect healthy dinner and perfect for meal prep! Gluten free, dairy free, high protein, Whole 30 approved, and HUGE in flavor. @suzlyfe http://suzlyfe.com/slow-cooker-italian-chicken-marinara-stew-gluten-free-whole-30/

I created this recipe with that sentiment in mind (no pasta is required here, but I did serve it over sweet potato noodles the first time we had it) plus a little inspiration from a friend (Megan’s Crockpot Italian Chicken and Peppers). The marriage of the two plus making my own marinara created a fantastic love child!

This slow cooker chicken marinara stew is the perfect healthy dinner and perfect for meal prep! Gluten free, dairy free, high protein, Whole 30 approved, and HUGE in flavor. @suzlyfe http://suzlyfe.com/slow-cooker-italian-chicken-marinara-stew-gluten-free-whole-30/

And I must insist that you let this Chicken Marinara stew sit overnight. Because you are essentially making your own marinara sauce, the stew really benefits from that time to let the flavors meld. If you are using a pre-made marinara, you could probably eat it straightaway, and it would be just right!

This slow cooker chicken marinara stew is the perfect healthy dinner and perfect for meal prep! Gluten free, dairy free, high protein, Whole 30 approved, and HUGE in flavor. @suzlyfe http://suzlyfe.com/slow-cooker-italian-chicken-marinara-stew-gluten-free-whole-30/

Ready to dig in? 

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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Marinara Stew (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

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This slow cooker chicken marinara stew is the perfect healthy dinner and perfect for meal prep! Gluten free, dairy free, high protein, Whole 30 approved, and HUGE in flavor.

You'll Need...

  • 1 lb boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 cans no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatos
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced or diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced or diced
  • 1 white onion, sliced or diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced OR 2-3 TBSP Garlic powder, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped or jullienned sun dried tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp Italian Seasoning (or 1 tsp each rosemary, thyme and 2 tsp each oregano, basil)
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp each red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • Optional:
  • 8 oz red wine (not Whole 30)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. Layer all ingredients into slow cooker or crock pot, starting with veggies and balsamic (and optional olive oil) at the bottom, then chicken, then herbs and salt and sun dried tomatoes, then tomatoes and optional red wine. Cook on low 4 hours, stir and break up any chunks, then finish for additional 30 min to 1 hour. For best taste let sit overnight.
  2. ALTERNATE METHOD (updated 3/5/17)
  3. Cook tomatoes, herbs (reserve 1 tsp garlic powder), and balsamic for 1 hour on high, then add remaining ingredients (save chicken) and stir. Add chicken and cover with tomato mixture. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours, stir and break up chicken, finish for additional 30 minutes to 1 hour on low or no heat.

Additional Notes

Serve alone or over top of your favorite pasta or spiralized vegetable!
For an extra protein and creaminess kick, add Greek yogurt before serving.
* Replace with favorite marinara sauce if doing that option

Closing out the Week

Well, it has been quite a week indeed. Get caught up on the comings and goings:

I successfully laid low yesterday. Well, my version of laying low. Most exciting part of my day yesterday was heading downtown to meet up with Kim for a snack! Of course, we talked all things running, and it was just so lovely to get to meet her in person. I wish I was running with her, Wendy, and Marcia on Saturday, but we know that is off limits. No picture, mostly because I suck and I fail whale at those types of things. 

Nothing much else too exciting to report, otherwise. I think that Alex and I are going to watch us some Sherlock this weekend (I know you all said that I should watch it while on couch arrest, but I’m not allowed to watch it without Alex…). It is supposed to rain on and off all weekend, so mostly I’ll be inside, eating. And trying not to move. Because I am so good at that.

BIGGEST THANK YOU EVER

This whole IVF process is rather surreal; IVF takes what is often a rather organic and natural process and puts it on a (rather public) schedule. I decided to be open and forthright about the whole shebang because I knew that I selfishly needed to be; that is who I am, and I just couldn’t be myself otherwise. 

But it is also a tenuous position. 

Ultimately, my goal in sharing my IVF story is not to win any favors or fans, but rather to expose the ins and outs of what is becoming an increasingly prevalent infertility option. Rest assured, this is not going to become a permanently IVF-focused blog. But right now, IVF is my story, my reality, and I need this space to help me make sense of it all. 

IVF is not her future, but right now, it is her reality #infertility #IVF Click To Tweet

I know I say this so often, and I think that is pretty telling, but thank you, so much, from the bottom of my heart, for your love and support. I cannot express how much it means to me.

GO YOSHI GO

I would also like to say thank you to the Obamas. Regardless of your feelings re: their administration, they were bastions of grace, style, civility, and class. True role models.

Have a fabulous weekend, my friends. 

Pasta or the sauce?

What are you up to this weekend?

Linking up with Foodie Friday (Farrah, Annmarie, Esther, and Jess) and Food and Fitness Sunday (Ilka and Angela).

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75 Comments

  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    This looks like a perfect winter meal! Have a great weekend!
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    January 20, 2017 at 5:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is so good when it is cold! (of course, today it is nearly 60*!)

      January 21, 2017 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    This looks so warming! I bet it would be good with tofu or white beans instead of chicken too. Hope you have a lovely fun and restful weekend. <3

    January 20, 2017 at 7:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely could be done with beans. You might like that more than tofu (because it might fall apart)

      January 21, 2017 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    I have marinara sitting in my refrigerator as we speak. This is going to happen. I can take or leave the noodles but I have to have bread for dipping. Also, let me know what you think of Sherlock. I have TOO MANY THOUGHTS.
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    January 20, 2017 at 7:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG I’m so excited.

      January 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    This looks good! I’m going to be making something similar this weekend!
    Anna @ Piper’s Run recently posted…Friday Five: Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

    January 20, 2017 at 7:29 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    The pasta sauce and toppings are always the best! That’s why I love spaghetti squash because it’s a vehicle for all the meat and sauce. Enjoy Sherlock (omg the last episode) and your weekend!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Quick Recipe: French Press CoffeeMy Profile

    January 20, 2017 at 7:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love spaghetti squash, period. Sometimes I don’t know what to do when I have it with all the sauces and toppings, because I want them both, together and separate!

      January 21, 2017 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    What a great recipe!!! I love the sauce AND noodles… don’t make me choose!!! have a great weekend!
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    January 20, 2017 at 7:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ahaha, I would never dare to make you choose!

      January 21, 2017 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    Slow cookers are such amazing pieces of equipment. They make dreams come true. I’m one of those who could eat pasta by itself, so this sounds fabulous to me!
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    January 20, 2017 at 8:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hhahahaha it is indeed the thing that makes dreams come true!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    This recipe sounds very tasty! I use the slow cooker a lot more in the winter. I have been trying to make whole 30 recipes so this is great!
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…Winter RandomnessMy Profile

    January 20, 2017 at 8:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m just getting in to using my slow cooker, and I am having so much fun with it!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    That looks amazing! I prefer to skip on the carbs…they go straight to my stomach, LOL!

    January 20, 2017 at 8:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      In more ways than one!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    How are we so similar? I, too want all the stuff that comes with the pasta (ALL the red sauce) minus the pasta. I’m gonna adapt it for no slow cooker because limited kitchen space. Have a lovely weekend! See ya next week ๐Ÿ™‚
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    January 20, 2017 at 8:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So excited! See you then.

      January 21, 2017 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    The human body fascinates me and I love hearing about medical things in general, but even more so when it comes to making babies and even MORE so that it’s you, my friend, who is telling it.
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    January 20, 2017 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    This is a dish that I could easily make for the meat eater men in my family. I do love my pasta as well but I think it’s the tomato sauce that just makes everything taste good. Have a fab weekend ๐Ÿ™‚
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Favorite Winter Fitness & Fun ActivitiesMy Profile

    January 20, 2017 at 9:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree! Have a great one, Deborah!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    My hubby loves crockpot recipes and marinara- I can totally see him loving this! Looks delish!
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    January 20, 2017 at 10:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If he likes those things, then he will love it!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Cora

    I’m so happy you chose to share this recipe!!! Thank you! Man I love your use of balsamic vinegar and sundried tomatoes. They’ are the things that give recipes that special Suz-finesse that I lovvvve. Totally making this.
    And for the rest of you – you are just a fabulous rockstar. That is all. Have a restful weekend <3
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    January 20, 2017 at 10:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Balsamic vinegar is, in my opinion, one of the most versatile ingredients in the pantry. I use it in so many applications!
      And thank you. I will do so.

      January 21, 2017 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    Now you are talking my language, I don’t typically like soup but some pasta sauce I could totally get behind!!!!
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    January 20, 2017 at 11:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha pasta is so unnecessary, IMHO

      January 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    I used to make something very similar…yummy! I don’t know what I would do without my crockpot. Makes life so easy!

    January 20, 2017 at 11:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am just getting started with mine. I need to come up with my next recipe!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Yum! This looks so warm and comforting. I’m a pasta loving girl – but I also load up on the sauce. Best of both worlds, haha.
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    January 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, then, go for it!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply abbey sharp

    Mmm my mouth is watering just looking at how tasty this is!!

    January 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is definitely drool worthy!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

    This is such a good reminder that I need to get out my slow cooker this winter! I really haven’t gotten it out at all so that needs to change!

    January 20, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s time for me to get it back out and come up with my next creation!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    It was so nice to get to meet the famous Coach Suz in person…. I literally face-palmed myself when I got back & realized we did not “selfie document” the experience. I guess we’ll have to do it all over again….

    January 20, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know. We just so caught up in everything! I’m so glad that we got to hang out. Have a great time with the ladies!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I wish you were running with us too! But we need to let Yoshi find his spot….
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    January 20, 2017 at 5:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Get nestled, little Yoshi!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Hooray for slow cooker recipes! :D! I’m going to go defrost some chicken so I can make this! :]

    January 20, 2017 at 7:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ooooo take a picture if you do!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Cassandra

    You had me at slow cooker. I’m living by mine right now. Recipes like this one are so perfect for busy weeknights.

    January 20, 2017 at 8:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you try it! What are you making now?

      January 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply dixya @food, pleasure, and health

    for me, its just the opposite – i dont want anything but the pasta ๐Ÿ˜›

    January 20, 2017 at 9:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOL! Tell you what: I’ll trade you my pasta for your sauce ๐Ÿ˜€

      January 21, 2017 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Esther

    Yum! I love me some good soup! I used to be all about the pasta, but having to stay gluten free has not made it as fun or tasty!
    Sending you HUGE hugs!

    January 20, 2017 at 10:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, lovely! I’m sure that going gluten free changes how you eat big time. Nothing to worry about here!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Esther

    Also, thanks for linking up!
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    January 20, 2017 at 10:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for hostin!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply jill conyers

    You have to love the ease and convenience of crockpot cooking. I make a similar dish for my family that they love. I love it because I can make it on Sun and they eat it a few times during the week.

    Have a great weekend!
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    January 21, 2017 at 3:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And anything you don’t eat? Freeze for later! Thank you, and same to you, Jill!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Christina Bauer

    Ooh, I wonder if this stew would work with chickpeas in place of chicken! Sounds delicious.

    January 21, 2017 at 7:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, I have no doubt! What a great substitution!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Marinara sauce is SO GOOD, and this sounds amazing!

    January 21, 2017 at 9:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is so good, Emily!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Alisa Fleming

    This is the perfect healthy dinner – you are spot on! these are ingredients I always have on hand, and a good excuse to bust out my little slow cooker ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 21, 2017 at 10:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just loved how balanced it was–all the flavors and textures that you want and need, and so easy!

      January 21, 2017 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar

    I do like pasta–but good-quality gf pasta can be expensive, and this stew looks really delicious and nutritious! And I adore that you can do it in a crock pot ๐Ÿ™‚ I would cover mine in cheeeeeese!
    I need to get caught up on Sherlock–I haven’t seen any of the latest season. Such a good show. It sounds like the perfect thing after all this IVF craziness.
    I’ll miss the Obamas a lot.
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    January 21, 2017 at 1:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Good GF pasta not only is expensive, but it can be hard to come by! And speaking of the glory of the slow cooker… think of how many episodes of Sherlock I can watch while it cooks…

      January 21, 2017 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I really need to use my slow cooker more, I have a couple and use them like once a year. This looks so easy and delicious.

    January 21, 2017 at 6:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am using it in spurts–we still have a little more to eat in order to have room in our freezer!

      January 22, 2017 at 7:37 am
  • Reply Tara @ A Daily Dose of Fit

    YUM! Look at all the chunks. I gotta have chunks in my bowl…

    January 22, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SO chunky. LIke a little baby ๐Ÿ˜€

      January 24, 2017 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Ilka

    This Marinara Chicken also looks insanely delicious!! I hope you had a great weekend and remember that keeping it easy right now is absolutely necessary for a beautiful outcome. Hugs!!

    January 22, 2017 at 7:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m trying Ilka, I’m trying! Thank you.

      January 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm
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    January 22, 2017 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I love this! I just bought chicken tonight… but now I need tomatoes. DAMMIT!

    I love that you are sharing you story. I can’t wait to follow the whole way. And yes… the Obamas rock. They’ll be sorely missed.
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    January 23, 2017 at 1:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Do you have a jar of marinara? That’ll work!

      January 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm
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    January 24, 2017 at 10:01 pm
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  • Reply Laura

    Suz, We made this the other day – super easy. The best part is I think the leftovers are even better. This will be a go-to meal for us!
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    February 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Laura, YAY! That makes me so happy! I totally agree with you–this is the dish that just keeps getting better. I am so happy you loved it!

      February 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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