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A white platter filled with shredded slow cooker balsamic chicken with tomatoes and basil, on a white background with fresh herbs.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken with Tomatoes and Basil

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This healthy slow cooker balsamic chicken with tomatoes and basil is a fresh, easy meal that draws on the flavors of bruschetta for a simple, flavorful meal everyone will love. It’s one of those recipes that we find ourselves making on repeat week after week!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword balsamic pulled chicken, slow cooker balsamic chicken
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Servings 6
Calories 284


  • 2 medium garlic cloves minced or finely grated
  • 1 ½ pound Roma or cherry tomatoes roughly chopped (about 5 cups total)
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt divided
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs

To Add at the End

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced basil


  • In a medium bowl, stir together the garlic, tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil, and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • Add 2 cups of the tomato mixture to a 6-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, then add to the slow cooker. Top with an additional 1 cup of the tomato mixture. Set aside the remaining tomato mixture, covered, for serving.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6, or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork.
  • Remove the chicken to a cutting board or plate, shred with two forks, then return to the slow cooker, stirring to combine with the tomatoes and juices.
  • Serve the chicken, topped with the remaining fresh tomato mixture and sprinkled with the fresh basil.


Nutrition information calculated using chicken breasts and cherry tomatoes.
For more ingredients & modifications, see the full blog post above.


Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 823mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 653IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg