Greek Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce with Chicken (Greek Kokkinisto)

This is a traditional Greek dish that is savory and warms you right up. Of course, it isn’t traditionally made this way, but for the ease and foolproof fork-tender meat, I’m using a slow cooker. This is one of those Greek comfort foods I can imagine myself eating in a small taverna high up in the mountains of Central Greece with the smell of wood fires burning and slow-cooked meats stewing. Because of Greece’s varied topography, there are many regions of Greece that have a colder climate, especially in the mountains. Because of this, you’ll find much more comfort foods from these places like slow-cooked meats, pies, soups, and stews. For me, it’s the combination of cinnamon, clove, and allspice cooking in wine that gives this recipe it’s comforting nature. It’s not only the flavor that these spices impart on the slow cooker pasta sauce, it’s the dizzying aromas. Another thing that makes this dish so comforting is the sheer tenderness of the chicken.

Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce with Chicken

This recipe usually uses beef or lamb. There are versions with chicken too but they use legs and thighs instead of breasts, which I’m using here. Doing this recipe on the stovetop in a pot, it’s much harder to get the chicken breast fork-tender in the time it would take for chicken thighs or legs. The chicken breast in the slow cooker always comes out pull apart tender.

This slow cooker pasta sauce is usually served with rice or pasta. Greeks love pasta too, it’s not just their neighbors, the Italians, who have a love for the stuff. A big plate of spaghetti with this chicken kokkinisto on top and some grated cheese is a favorite comfort food of many Greeks. If you’re looking for more healthy slow cooker recipes, check these out:

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Eggplant, Zucchini, and Tomatoes

Slow Cooker Chicken Stifado (Greek Chicken Stew)

Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Raisins (Slow Cooker)




greek slow cooker pasta sauce with chicken (greek kokkinisto)

Greek Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce with Chicken (Greek Kokkinisto)

George Zikos
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 624 kcal


  • 2 pounds chicken breast
  • 2 large tomatoes or 3 medium tomatoes, grated
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 allspice berries or 1/8 tsp ground
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1/8 tsp ground
  • 2 whole cloves or 1/8 tsp ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 pound spaghetti, or your favorite pasta, cooked as desired


  • Cut the chicken into about 1-inch chunks.
  • Combine all ingredients (except pasta) in the slow cooker and stir well.
  • Cook on High for 6 hours.
  • Serve over spaghetti or your favorite pasta. Enjoy!


Calories: 624kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 43gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 424mgPotassium: 1017mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 635IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg
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About the Author: George Zikos
George studied International Business in Greece in 2015 for three semesters. His family is from the island of Crete, and he lived with them for a whole summer. During that time, he started working for Mediterranean Living and contributing his firsthand experiences of the traditional Cretan diet. He learned fluent Greek along the way, being fully immersed in a traditional Cretan village. He is since graduated with a business degree from Worcester State University. George loves language and traveling, so he completed a TEFL certificate program at the Boston Language Institute in order to teach English abroad and travel the world. He currently works full-time blogging, recipe formulating, and social media marketing for Mediterranean Living. His passions include language, gardening, hiking, skateboarding, and watching sports. He dreams of living in Crete one day, after he travels the world learning as many languages and cultures as possible.


  1. Mavis Pearce October 30, 2021 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Can you replace the white wine, with chicken stock as being diabetic and not drinking any alcohol.
    This going to be dinner tonight.

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. October 31, 2021 at 7:39 am - Reply

      Hi Mavis,
      Yes, you can replace the wine with chicken stock. I would probably also replace the water with chicken stock then. I also have used white grape juice instead of the wine, but chicken stock would be better for blood sugar. -Bill

  2. Alex February 3, 2019 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    I was looking for greek slow cooker receipes. Glad I found this one! I already made it 3 times. I use a can of diced tomates and only one cup of wine though. Goes good with feta and chilopites, too. Thanks for the receipe!

    • George Zikos February 6, 2019 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      Wow! 3 times already. That’s awesome. Hilopites is a delicious pasta, and yes this would go perfectly with it! Thanks for trying the recipe!

  3. AJ Crotty January 6, 2019 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    The noodles are cooked separately, right?

    • George Zikos January 8, 2019 at 6:05 pm - Reply


      • Bill Bradley, R.D. January 14, 2019 at 7:05 pm

        Yes, I cook them when I get home after the pasta has been cooking all day in the slow cooker.

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