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Crock-Pot Lemon Pesto Chicken with Zucchini Noodles

Crockpot Lemon Pesto Chicken

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 2 HOURS

total time: 2 HOURS 10 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 6 oz. jar of pesto sauce
  • 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 medium-sized zucchinis
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

1

Combine jarred pesto sauce, chicken broth, and softened cream cheese in a bowl and mix together.

2

Place 4 boneless chicken breasts in the slow cooker and pour sauce mixture over the chicken until it's completely covered.

3

Slice 1 whole lemon and place individual slices on top of the chicken breasts. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Cover with lid and set your slow cooker on high for 1 hour.

4

After 1 hour of slow cooking, add in 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and stir into the sauce. You'll see a good bit of oil rising to the top. Cover and cook on low heat for 1 more hour. That's it!

5

In a large saucepan on the stove, cook the zoodles over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until tender. If you're using pre-spiraled noodles, you'll need about four cups.

6

Plate your zoodles and top with 1 chicken breast. Drizzle some of the excess sauce over both your noodles and chicken so everything is filled with the lemon pesto flavor. Sprinkle parmesan on top and eat up!

Nutritional Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 1 chicken breast & 1 cup of zoodles
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 686, Total Carbohydrates: 7g, Fiber: 2g, Net Carbohydrates: 5g, Total Fat: 50g, Protein: 58g

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Pouring sauce over crockpot lemon chicken with zoodles

Keto Crockpot slow cooker meals are the best!

I love a good pesto sauce, but with the addition of lemon, it takes things to a whole new level of YUM. This keto Crockpot lemon pesto chicken recipe will likely have you reaching for a second serving…. and maybe even more the next day, if there’s any left!

Pesto sauce in a bowl next to sliced lemons

This keto lemon pesto chicken is not only undeniably delicious, but it’s also extremely easy to make!

With simple ingredients, including jarred pesto sauce and chicken broth, you can quickly throw this dish together and get back to Netflix binging while it cooks in the Crockpot.

Keto lemon pesto chicken simmering in the slow cooker

After a couple of hours have passed, your lemon pesto chicken will be nice and juicy, and almost ready to devour. I recommend complementing the zesty chicken with zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for a fully appetizing meal.

You’ll have a decent amount of sauce lingering in your slow cooker, so put that to good use and drizzle it over your low-carb “noodles”. Try to keep it together without drooling over the table before you take your first bite! 😉

ingredients for keto lemon pesto chicken

saucepan full of zucchini noodles

lemon pesto chicken on plate with zoodles


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Crockpot Lemon Pesto Chicken

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 2 HOURS

total time: 2 HOURS 10 MINUTES

Tender and juicy slow cooker chicken smothered in a savory lemon pesto sauce served over zucchini noodles.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 6 oz. jar of pesto sauce
  • 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 medium-sized zucchinis
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

1

Combine jarred pesto sauce, chicken broth, and softened cream cheese in a bowl and mix together.

2

Place 4 boneless chicken breasts in the slow cooker and pour sauce mixture over the chicken until it's completely covered.

3

Slice 1 whole lemon and place individual slices on top of the chicken breasts. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Cover with lid and set your slow cooker on high for 1 hour.

4

After 1 hour of slow cooking, add in 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and stir into the sauce. You'll see a good bit of oil rising to the top. Cover and cook on low heat for 1 more hour. That's it!

5

In a large saucepan on the stove, cook the zoodles over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until tender. If you're using pre-spiraled noodles, you'll need about four cups.

6

Plate your zoodles and top with 1 chicken breast. Drizzle some of the excess sauce over both your noodles and chicken so everything is filled with the lemon pesto flavor. Sprinkle parmesan on top and eat up!

Nutritional Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 1 chicken breast & 1 cup of zoodles
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 686, Total Carbohydrates: 7g, Fiber: 2g, Net Carbohydrates: 5g, Total Fat: 50g, Protein: 58g

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.

lemon pesto chicken on white plate with zoodles

Hip Recipe Tips:

  • Don’t have a spiralizer for your zucchini? You can use frozen zoodles instead to save yourself the spiralizing step.

I’m literally eating this yummy lemon pesto sauce by the spoonful while plating the chicken!

serving spoon filled with lemon pesto sauce from Crockpot
This recipe is enough to feed 4 very hungry mouths, but could also be stretched for 6 smaller portions.

If you’ve got leftovers sitting around, don’t let them go to waste! Place your leftover lemon pesto chicken in the oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes the next day and wait for a flavorful comeback that’s just as tasty as the fresh meal.


If you like this recipe, try this Keto Chicken Alfredo Casserole next!

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Comments 6

  1. mimacuevas

    Made this today and it was delicious… I tooka little bit of the sauce and used it on my chicken crust pizza… Will make it ahogan.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      What a great idea with the sauce! So glad you liked this, mimacuevas!

  2. Michelle from Florida

    Is 2 hours really enough cooking time, especially with one being on low? I have 4 different slow cookers and all of them would take 4 hours on high to cook through chicken.

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      Hey Michelle! I suppose the cook time could vary depending on the slow cooker you have, but mine came out fully cooked with these directions. To be on the safe side, maybe keep yours on high for 2 full hours, and then turn to low for another 30-60 minutes.

      I hope that helps!❤️

  3. michellebadair

    Wow, this was amazing. The chicken was so moist and tender. The flavor was outstanding as well. We followed the directions exactly, and I just used leftovers to make a sandwich with a low carb wrap and spinach.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! SO glad to hear how yummy it turned out! Such a great idea for the leftovers! Thanks a bunch for taking the time to share with us!

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