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Italian cream cheese chicken is a simple way to enjoy tender, creamy, flavorful chicken over noodles, rice, or potatoes. With only four ingredients, this is definitely one of those slow cooker recipes you will have on repeat.

Make sure you keep the ingredients needed for this recipe on hand so you can whip this up for busy weeknights. I have a few more recipes that use similar ingredients and come together quickly. Try my crockpot parmesan garlic chicken pasta, olive garden chicken pasta, and my Italian chicken and potatoes.

Overhead shot of a bowl of Italian cream cheese chicken over egg noodles.

Crockpot Italian Chicken Variations

I love how customizable this recipe is. You can keep it simple with just the four ingredients that are already in the recipe, or you can get creative! Try adding sauteed garlic mushrooms, your favorite cooked pasta, or steamed broccoli.

Another great thing about this recipe is you can double it and have plenty of leftovers for multiple meals throughout the week. I love having this in the fridge so my kids can heat it up for a quick meal or snack that is hearty and filling and doesn’t break the bank!

Tips for Italian Chicken Success

This recipe is hard to get wrong, but here are some tips and suggestions to ensure it turns out to suit your taste.

  • Sauce: Typically, the chicken will produce enough juice, but if the sauce is too thick, add a little milk or chicken broth when flipping the chicken.
  • Timing: If you want to speed up the cooking process a bit, once you flip the chicken over and mix the sauce, set the heat to high and cook for another 1-2 hours. Always check to make sure the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Side Suggestions: The beauty of this dish is that it goes well with so many options, such as rice, potatoes, and pasta.

Ingredients for Italian Cream Cheese Chicken

This recipe uses only four ingredients, and you probably already have them in your kitchen! Scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements.

  • Chicken Breast: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts absorb flavors well and pair perfectly with cream cheese and Italian seasoning. Their tender texture creates an ideal consistency for the sauce.
  • Zesty Italian Dressing Mix: The Italian dressing mix will add zest and flavor to this dish, which is what makes it so incredible!
  • Softened Cream Cheese: Provides a rich, creamy texture and a tangy, sweet flavor that enhances the dish.
  • Canned Cream of Chicken Soup: Adds a smooth texture and a savory chicken flavor to the dish.
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How to Make Italian Cream Cheese Chicken

I love how simple this slow cooker creamy Italian chicken recipe is! You can easily have this prepped in 10 minutes, set the crockpot and forget it! Dinner is ready without much effort at all!

  • Combine: Mix the cream of chicken soup and Italian seasoning in a crock pot. Cube the cream cheese and then place it in the crockpot.
  • Add Chicken: Lay the chicken over the soup and cream cheese, set the crockpot to low, and cook for 3 hours.
  • Stir and Flip: Remove the chicken and mix the sauce together. Replace the chicken flipped from how it originally was. Cook for another 2-3 hours or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Shred: Once the chicken is cooked, shred it inside the crockpot. Remove the shredded chicken and serve with your favorite sides!

How to Store Leftover Italian Cream Cheese Chicken

This is by far one of my favorite recipes to have a bunch of leftovers. My kids devour it so I usually make a double batch! It is perfect for them to heat up and eat for lunch the next day or as a snack.

  • Let Cool: Ensure the chicken mixture has cooled completely before transferring to an airtight container.
  • Refrigerate: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat: Place the desired amount in a microwave-safe plate or bowl—heat on high in 30-second increments until it reaches your preferred temperature.
Overhead shot of cooked Italian cream cheese chicken in crockpot with wooden spoon.

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Italian Cream Cheese Chicken

By: Alyssa Rivers
Italian cream cheese chicken is a simple way to enjoy tender, creamy, flavorful chicken over noodles, rice, or potatoes. With only four ingredients, this is definitely one of those slow cooker recipes you will have on repeat.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings

Ingredients 

Ingredients:

Instructions 

  • Mix the cream of chicken and Italian dressing in the crockpot. Cube the cream cheese and then place it in the crockpot.
  • Lay the chicken over the soup and cream cheese, set the crockpot to low, and cook for 3 hours.
  • Remove the chicken and mix the sauce tother a bit. Replace the chicken flipped from where it was initially. Cook for another 2-3 hours or until the chicken is cooked.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, shred it inside the crockpot. Remove the chicken and serve with your favorite sides!

Notes

Originally Posted on August 3, 2012
Updated July 31, 2024

Nutrition

Calories: 218kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 33gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 550mgPotassium: 582mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 138IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian, Italian American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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43 Comments

  1. this is a great recipe. My only question is how to get the cream cheese to be creamier… it tends to be “chunky” and separate when first adding to the crockpot.

  2. 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.

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

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

  4. 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?

    1. 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.

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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.

    1. 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. 🙂

    1. 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.

  8. 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!