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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!

Italian Cream Cheese Chicken with pasta and garnish.

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Italian Cream Cheese Chicken

By: Alyssa Rivers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings




  • 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.


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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  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!