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Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta is loaded with Italian seasoned chicken and pasta mixed in a creamy tomato sauce. Add this to your dinner rotation! Set it, forget it and enjoy! While you have extra time (thanks to your crockpot cooking!), check out this lighter version of an Olive Garden copycat classic: Olive Garden Chicken Pasta.
Why you will love this recipe
This recipe for Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta has become a staple in our house, mostly because it takes so little time to put together and we ALL love it! Win, win! This is no ordinary chicken pasta recipe, this is a delicious crockpot slow cooked chicken pasta recipe. With a handful of ingredients and a little time, you can cook dinner all day and finish it when everyone is hungry.
Do you love chicken pasta? Try these next: Creamy Pesto Alfredo Chicken Pasta, Cheese Chicken Spaghetti Recipe, Garlic Chicken Kale Spaghetti, and Buffalo Chicken Blue Cheese Fettuccine Alfredo.
Which chicken is best for shredding?
To save time I would recommend using boneless chicken. If that’s all you have, feel free to use it. Don’t forget to remove the bones when chopping though. I used chicken fillets for this recipe. You can also use boneless chicken breasts or thighs.
Pro tip: I like to use my stand mixer or electric hand mixer to shred chicken! I put the cooked chicken in a bowl (even if it’s still hot!) and let the mixer attachment or whisk do the chopping. It works like a dream, giving you perfectly shredded chicken in just about 30 seconds!
How to make Italian Crockpot Chicken Pasta
Full recipe details, including required ingredients and measurements, are on the printable recipe card below. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to expect when preparing this recipe:
Layer ingredients in cold crockpot
Add diced Onions, Garlic, Chicken Breast, Cream Cheese, Marinara Sauce, Bay Leaves, Italian Seasoning And salt pepper place in a cold casserole dish. Many Italian spices vary! Pick one you like or use your own combination of basil, oregano, and thyme.
Pro tip: Spread some marinara sauce on the bottom of the casserole before layering the chicken. This prevents sticking. Then add the remaining ingredients.
Cover and cook on high
cover and Cook on high for 3-4 hours. If your casserole is overheating, you should check after 2 1/2 hours to see if the chicken is done. Once the chicken is cooked, remove, shred and return to the casserole. At this point Remove bay leaves as well as.
stir melt cream cheese completely into the sauce.
Place cooked noodles in crockpot
You can use any type of pasta here. I used Gemelli pasta pasta. I wouldn’t recommend adding pasta to your crockpot mixture while it’s cooking, it gets gooey and gross. Always prepare pasta separately then mix once the sauce is ready.
This is a high-carb, high-fat dinner. So if you’re feeling like taking it easy, try these healthy side dishes that pair perfectly with chicken noodles.
Any leftover chicken noodles can be stored in the Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Simply reheat periodically in the microwave, stirring occasionally until heated through.
Tips for cooking crockpot recipes
- Know Your Crockpot! Some run hot, some run cold. This largely depends on when it was made and how long it lasted. If you have an older slow cooker, it often runs very HOT! Knowing your crockpot will help you estimate your cooking times and know when your food will be ready. You don’t want your dinner to burn the floor, so cook a few things first to get to know your slow cooker.
- Be careful when cooking with dairy products. This chicken pasta recipe calls for cream cheese. If it stays in the casserole too long at too high a heat, it will curdle. The same goes for milk, cream or Greek yogurt. If you’re concerned about clotting because your Dutch oven gets hot, try a longer cook on low or stir in the dairy at the end. For this recipe, once you shred the chicken and add it back to the marinara, stir in the cream cheese and melt it into the sauce. It should work just as well!
- Use the correct size crockpot. From 2 to 8 1/2 liters, there seems to be a crockpot for every recipe! A good rule of thumb is to only fill the container 1/2 to 2/3 full to ensure proper cooking.
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If you’ve been devouring these chicken noodles like my family does, you’ll love these other crockpot recipes.
The printable recipe card is below. Have a great day!
Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta
The Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta recipe is shredded chicken and pasta mixed in a creamy tomato sauce. Set it, forget it and enjoy! Add this to your dinner.
**Here’s a helpful tip from a reader: Spread some marinara on the bottom of the casserole before layering the chicken. This prevents sticking. Then add the remaining ingredients.
Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 50G | Protein: 26G | Fat: 17G | Saturated Fatty Acids: 8thG | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 687mg | Potassium: 760mg | Fiber: 3G | Sugar: 7G | Vitamin A: 975IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2.2mg