Italian Cream Cheese Chicken

This is been a family favorite for years.  It is still in the recipe rotation.  That is how much everyone loves it.  Like I said before, I love cream cheese in recipes.  Some turn out better than others.  This one is awesome.  I skinny it up a little by using fat free cream cheese and wheat noodles.

Rating: 5 stars  Difficulty of Recipe: 2 stars
How I changed it:  I like it saucy.  So I doubled it by adding in 2 cream cheese, 2 italian packets, and 2 cans of soup.
Things I may do diferently next time: Nothing

Will I make it again: You know it!

4 chicken breasts,

1 packet Zesty Italian dressing seasoning,
1 8 oz. cream cheese (softened),
1 cans cream of chicken soup;

Cook on low in crockpot for 4- 6 hours. I always throw in frozen chicken breasts at around 11 and it is ready by 5.  (If sauce is too thick, add a little milk.)

Serve over pasta or rice


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  1. This sounds so good! I pinned it immediately!

  2. me too!

  3. Sarah Carletti says:

    Sounds great!

  4. I make something similar that includes cream of mushroom soup. I love meals with cream cheese.

  5. I would love to make this while I’m at work but my husband doesn’t get home until about 9 hours after I would turn the crock pot on. unfortunately I am not home for 10 hours and its nice to come home to a meal that’s ready to eat. Have you attempted to cook this on low for longer or in the oven instead? I’m looking for a way to make this without overcooking it.

    • This is precisely why I got a programmable crockpot! I am a substitute teacher and frequently get a call early in the morning that gives me only an hour to get to school. I had only a limited number of recipes that would be okay in the crockpot until I got home without getting over cooked. So I invested in a programmable crockpot that will switch to a keep warm setting after the cooking time was up. I love it and now I can cook many more recipes!

      • I have made this recipe for years! I use frozen chicken breast to start (I buy the family packs of breast when they go on sale and opt for the thick ones). Cook on low and add plenty of chicken broth. I am usually gone about 9 hours before I get back from work and its always perfectly cooked. Haven’t tried it with fresh chicken breast but the frozen has never let me down 🙂

    • Back in the day…….before we had programmable crock pots I used a wall timer, so I could set the time for the crock pot to turn on. And I ALWAYS started with frozen meat. It must have worked; I’ll still cookin’.

      • Thanks this is a great idea! Cheaper that getting the programmable and tossing out my slow cooker that I got a deal on black Friday, that I’m just now taking out of the box:)

  6. I made it today for dinner and my husbands workers stop in for dinner occasionally and I recieved nothing but great reviews! Little do they know it was so easy to make! lol Thanks for the recipe! although i did add a tablespoon of garlic powder gave it a little extra kick.

  7. This was delicious! I added an additional can of cream of chicken. I served it over elbow macaroni. Thanks for posting!

  8. this was fantastic..making again tonight…but shredding the chicken and rolling in tortillas….spreading sauce over with some cheese and baking for yummy enchiladas!

  9. I am an avid home cook and this recipe was absolutely delicious! My daughters loved it served over rice. I made it again and added some garden peas and diced carrots for a little color… This is definitely a favorite!

  10. Great looking urban art. I am so glad to get a peek at it!

  11. Amanda Risher says:

    Looks good, but I’d like to know what are the directions for making in a pan or baking. I love cream cheese recipes.

    • I would just combine the ingredients and soften the cream cheese to make sure it blends together and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until chicken is no longer pink and cooked through. This is one of our favorites! 🙂

  12. Do you use boneless or bone in chicken breasts??

  13. i would love to make this but am in UK and havnt a clue what zesty Italian is. Can anyone help with an equivalent. thanks in advance

  14. This sounds good till you read you put in a can of cream of chicken soup. I cook only from scratch. All the cans of soup, even the lower sodium ones have enough sodium to kill all of us. The daily intake of sodium that is safe, is between, 1500- 2300mg/per day. Thats about a tsp. The CDC recommends only 1500mg and no more to stay healthy. One can of cream of chicken soup has 1998mg. Thats just one meal for the day. You can make your own cream of chick soup with low sod chick broth or stock, flour, and butter. Like making a gravy, add some spices, and kosher salt. ( kosher salt has less sodium than table salt, it takes 2 tsp of table to equal one tsp of kosher) Much healthier. So quit being lazy and cook from scratch, make your family healthier. We need to teach our children how to eat better.

  15. Frankie Higdon says:

    Instead of grated cheese, try slices of Swiss cheese and then cover with herb stuffing mix. I also like to put a little white wine when I mix the cream of chicken soup to put in the recipe.

  16. RITA W. says:


  17. Do you add the cream cheese at the beginning, or at the end?

  18. Bonnie Speckels says:

    Our family doesn’t care for white meat. Could I substitute thighs and then for how long should I cook them? I can’t wait to try it—-sounds wonderful!

  19. Is there a way to make it without the soup I am celiac and there is no cream soup I can eat. .????

    • Tammie Schaffer says:

      I think Amy’s makes some gluten free cream of soup. If not Amy’s, I know some brand does. Publix carries it. If you don’t have Publix & your grocery stores don’t carry it, try the health food store.

  20. If I have a bottle of the Italian dressing how much do I add? Does the sauce not burn?

    • You have to use the dry seasoning packet for this not the stuff in the bottle.

    • I’ve used the bottle before and it just makes it more saucy. Don’t use the entire bottle. Sometimes I just throw what I have lying around in a crockpot. 🙂

  21. I made this today. It was so easy and smelled so good. However the sauce was very thick and it was sooo salty. Not sure if I would make again but if do I would add some chicken broth and only half package seasoning.

  22. What brand of zesty Italian dressing mix so you suggest?
    Also, does this have a spicy taste with it being “zesty” Italian?

  23. I am in love with this dish! I had only the regular Italian dressing mix on hand and being short on time took another reviewer’s suggestion to bake in the oven. Fresh chicken breast in a 350 degree oven for about 40 mins was all it took for this easy dish to make my night! Highly recommend!

  24. There are no instructions with this recipe. Do you put the chicken in first, and then mix all the other ingredients together and pour over chicken?

    • Minzerella says:

      That was my question as well

    • I put the soup in the bottom of the crock and put the chicken on top, then add Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Let that cook 4-6+ hrs (until chicken is done) Take 2 forks and shred the chicken then add the cream cheese and cook another 30 minutes. If you are using noodles, cook them then add to the crock at the very end just to marry the flavors with the noodles. I have made with minute rice too and its very yummy- With the rice you can add uncooked at the end and it only takes about 10 minutes to finish in the crock. Make sure there is enough chicken stock to cook the rice.

  25. I made this tonight & it was a hit with everyone! Super easy & super yummy! Thanks so much 🙂

  26. trying this tonight…I added some other spices. I will let you know how it turns out. Sounds so yummy!

  27. You add the cream cheese at the beginning?? Does it cook ok like that? I tried that in another recipe and the cream cheese got chunky and yucky cooking in the crockpot. 😕 Just don’t want to ruin the recipe.

    • I always add the ingredients together and microwave it and stir it until it smooth and then spread it over the chicken. 🙂

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