Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Puttanesca

WW Recipe of the Day: Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Puttanesca
(192 calories | *1 WW SmartPoints)

Boneless, skinless chicken topped with tomatoes, garlic, olives, and capers and cooked in the CrockPot until tender. This is an easy, healthy, low carb, flavor packed recipe that was an immediate hit with everyone who’s tried it. 

I’m a huge fan of slow cooker recipes that take five minutes in the morning yet taste like your spent all day in the kitchen. It’s easy enough to serve for a weeknight supper, yet fancy enough for weekend guests!

I love spaghetti alla puttanesca, a classic Italian pasta dish made with a sauce consisting of tomatoes, olive oil, anchovies, olives, capers , crushed red pepper flakes, and garlic. But I never thought of adding chicken until this recipe showed up in my email a while back.  With it’s short list of fresh, flavorful ingredients I just knew it would be a winner of a chicken dinner 🙂

How Many Calories and WW Points in this Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Puttanesca?

According to my calculations, each serving of chicken and puttanesca sauce has 192 calories and *1 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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How to Make Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Puttanesca Step-by-Step

Step 1: Gather and Prep Your Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (I used a combination of red and yellow ones from the garden)
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, drained and sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic (or 3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning or oregano (I used herbs de provence in stead)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red chile flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Seasoned boneless skinless chicken breasts in the slow cooker

Step 2: Load the Crock Pot, Cover & Cook

Chicken breasts topped with tomatoes, olives, capers and seasonings

Use a 4-quart slow cooker for best results. If you use a larger crock pot your chicken is apt to cook more quickly so check it sooner to prevent overcooking it. 

Season the chicken with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and then place them in the bottom of your slow cooker. Top with remaining ingredients. Cover, and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours or until the chicken is fork tender. 

Cooking Notes

This recipe can be modified in a number of ways to suit your tastes and what you have on hand. Here are a few suggestions that come to mind:

Substitutions & Variations

No chicken breasts? Boneless skinless chicken thighs are a great substitute. They are less prone to overcooking making them a good choice if you want a dish that can hang out longer in the crockpot. Pork chops would be good too.

No cherry tomatoes? Chopped fresh roma tomatoes would be good. Canned diced tomatoes or stewed tomatoes would work as well.

Garnishes? Grated or shaved Parmesan or crumbled feta would be good as would a sprinkling of fresh chopped Italian parsley. We enjoyed it with a drizzle of good balsamic vinegar.

Zestier? For a zestier more authentic version add 1-2 tablespoons chopped anchovies or anchovy paste.

Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Puttanesca Serving Suggestions

I served our chicken puttanesca with Al Dente Carba-Nada Pasta (Egg Fettuccini) on the side.  It’s low in carbs, with texture and taste like real pasta and only 3 SmartPoints for 1 1/2 cups. 

Al Dente Carba Nada Pasta – Fettuccini

You could also serve this with rice, cauliflower rice or zoodles zucchini noodles if you are looking to keep your points low. Warm crusty bread and a simple green salad would also work nicely. 

Ways to Use Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Puttanesca Leftovers

This recipe makes four generous servings. You could always portion out and freeze the leftovers for future quick and easy meals. We simply reheated ours in the microwave the next day for a quick and easy lunch. 

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Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Puttanesca

Chicken breasts braised in fresh cherry tomatoes, olives, capers and seasonings until tender makes a quick and easy dinner fancy enough for special friends.

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half ((about 2 cups. I used red & yellow))
  • 3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic ((or 3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled & minced))
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning or oregano ((I used herbs de Provence))
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red chile flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced in half ((about 25 olives))
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  1. Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 4-quart (If you use a larger slow cooker, check after 4 hours on low as it will cook more quickly.)

    Season the chicken with salt, pepper and Italian Seasoning and place in the bottom of your slow cooker.

    Add the remaining ingredients.

    Cover, and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours or until the chicken is fork tender.

     

Serving Size: 1 chicken breast and 1/4 of the olive/tomato mixture

WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 1

WW PointsPlus (old program): 5

Substitutions & Variations

No chicken breasts? Boneless skinless chicken thighs are a great substitute. They are less prone to overcooking making them a good choice if you want a dish that can hang out longer in the crockpot. Pork chops would be good also. 

No cherry tomatoes? Chopped fresh roma tomatoes would be good. Canned diced tomatoes or stewed tomatoes would work too

Garnishes? Grated or shaved Parmesan or crumbled feta would be good as would a sprinkling of fresh chopped Italian parsley. We enjoyed it with a drizzle of good balsamic vinegar.

Zestier? For a zestier more authentic version add 1-2 tablespoons chopped anchovies or anchovy paste

Recipe source: adapted from A Year of Slow Cooking

*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.

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