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Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Pasta

pan filled with firecracker chicken pasta with fork

Hello!!! Just popping in from the beach really quick to say hi and share a recipe with you! I had actually planned to have several recipes ready to go for you all that I could share throughout this week but life got the better of me and I just didn’t get everything done before we left for vacation. I have to admit that as much as I love to keep busy and as much as I love to create new recipes it’s been pretty nice to disconnect a bit and spend some time with my family. If you like seeing vacation pics make sure you pop over and follow me on Instagram!!

fork filled with firecracker chicken pasta

In order to get back to my vacation quickly I won’t say to much about this recipe except that it’s pasta made in the slow cooker so of course it’s the perfect easy meal. And it’s got a good amount of spice so it’s also pretty darn delicious!

bowl filled with firecracker chicken pasta with forkNext week I’ll share a little more about our trip and what it’s like to take a road trip with two kiddos! The first couple of days we ate out quite a bit and now we are doing some cooking at our condo! Here’s a couple pics for now and I’m going to bore you with plenty more when I do my vacation post! 🙂

parchment lined plate with takeout nachos

We got caught in the rain so instead of our original lunch plans we ended up trying these super yummy nachos. Meant to be!!!

salt lined margarita glass with lime wedge and green straw

And of course how could the meal be complete without a little margarita? 😉

So, if you need a great and simple meal idea I’d love for you to try out this pasta that my family loves and then I will be back soon and hopefully coming up with some creative new meal ideas to share. Any requests?

bowl with firecracker chicken pasta with fork

Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Pasta

Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Pasta

Jennifer Draper
This Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Pasta is an easy dinner recipe that is sure to bring the heat to your dinner table!
3.99 from 139 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 55 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 395 kcal


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast (chopped into bite sized pieces)
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (like Frank's)
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch + 1 tablespoon water (whisked together)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (more or less depending on how creamy vs. spicy you prefer, for later)
  • 10 oz uncooked linguine pasta noodles for later


  • Place chicken in slow cooker
  • Whisk together broth, hot sauce, tomato sauce, sugar, seasonings and corn starch mixture together
  • Poor over chicken and cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8
  • Turn slow cooker to high heat
  • Add cream and noodles (break up if needed) and stir and press noodles to submerge in liquid as much as possible, stirring a few times while cooking
  • Let cook until noodles are done, about 45 minutes


I cooked this on high for 3 1/2 hours + 45 minutes for pasta on high in my 4 quart multi-cooker


Calories: 395kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 25gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 593mgPotassium: 636mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 520IUVitamin C: 11.1mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1.6mg
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firecracker chicken pasta in bowl with white wooden spoon on side

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  1. I made this with chickpea pasta (spaghetti) but this was not a good choice as apparently I overcooked it and it was just a gloopy, gluey mess that was inedible. I’m determined to make this again because the creamy/spicy combo sounds so good. I’m going to make it the way it’s written next time but do you have any recommendations for adjusting cook times for chickpea pasta?

      1. I just made this yesterday with regular pasts and OMG, soooo good. I love the combo of sweet, creamy and heat. I’ll definitely be making this again. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    So so easy! We found it a bit sweet for our taste. so I reduced the brown sugar to 2 tbsp, added 1/4 tsp of cayenne in addition to the crushed red pepper and reduced the cream to 1/3 c. We got the right amount of heat and flavor then

  3. 5 stars
    I have one question – at the end when you add the pasta you said to put the slow cooker on high hear. Do you mean on the high setting as opposed to the low setting, or does your slow cooke (like mine) have a saute function?

  4. this looks really good! any suggestions for substitute for the heavy cream? my husband is lactose intolerant,

    1. Hi Ruth! I haven’t tested it this way to say with certainty. My concern would be that the thinner consistency would leave you with a runny sauce. If you try it, be sure to report back!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe has become a stable in my house! My husband asks for it once a week!!
    We sometimes do zucchini noodles on the stove instead of the pasta in the pot, just so it’s a little healthier, and it’s super tasty that way! Love this recipe!!

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