Crockpot Olive Garden Chicken

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This crockpot Olive Garden chicken is to die for! The juicy and tender chicken cooked with some pasta is insanely delicious! Plus, it’s super easy which is a total win-win!

I love an easy and delicious crockpot meal! If you want to try more meals like this, you should start with Soup, this Beef and Broccoli, and this amazing Lasagna!

Chicken and pasta cooked in a crockpot.

Crockpot Olive Garden Chicken (with Pasta!)

I love a recipe that I can whip up at the last minute and still have it taste delicious!! This Olive Garden crockpot chicken and pasta is the perfect meal! It only takes 5 minutes to put together! Then, it cooks all day and you don’t have to do a thing! Cook up some Broccoli, Asparagus, or this delicious salad and you have a meal to remember!

This recipe only uses 5 ingredients! And one is a bottle of Olive Garden salad dressing. The dressing is SO GOOD and when you mix it with the chicken and cheeses, it takes it to a whole new level! I also love that you just throw in some cooked pasta again and the meal is done! My kids go crazy over this and are so impatient that they want to just eat it straight out of the crockpot! Go ahead and try it! You are going to love it!

Ingredients for Crockpot Olive Garden Chicken

This recipe only uses 5 ingredients…. yes, 5! It’s so easy and delicious, you have to try it! See the recipe card below for a list of exact ingredient measurements.

  • Chicken breasts: Use fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe.
  • Olive Garden Italian dressing: This dressing is SO GOOD! Using the entre bottle will make it so you get all of that amazing flavor!
  • Parmesan:  I just used parmesan cheese from the can! It’s super easy and you probably already have it in your fridge.
  • Cream cheese: This makes that sauce texture taste so creamy. And you can’t beat the tangy flavor of cream cheese!
  • Pasta: Cook up the pasta right before the chicekn is done and all you have to do is throw it right in and mix it up!
Ingredients laid out for Olive Garden crockpot chicken.

Let’s Cook Some Chicken!

This meal is really a set it and forget it kind of meal! It only takes a few minutes to put it together and then you can enjoy it as soon as it’s done!

  1. Add chicken and dressing: Place the chicken breasts in a slow cooker laying flat. Pour the whole bottle or homemade olive garden dressing over top the chicken.
  2. Add cheeses and cook: Sprinkle parmesan over top the chicken and dressing. Place the block of cream cheese on top. Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook for 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high. 
  3. Cook pasta: Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. 
  4. Shred the chicken, add pasta and serve: Using 2 forks or shredders, shred the chicken evenly. Use ¼ cup parmesan and sprinkle over top the chicken. Add in the pasta and stir until well combined. Serve while hot.
Chicken being placed in a crockpot and ingredients being added on top of it.

Tips for Cooking with a Crockpot

Using a crockpot is easy but try out these tips and it will make cooking with one even easier! You may never go back to cooking on your stove again! This crockpot Olive Garden chicken is the perfect place to start!

  • Keep the lid ON: I know it’s tempting to want to take the lid off and check on your food! But a crockpot is designed to do its thing with the lid ON. Keep the lid on and don’t let out all of that heat that has been built up! Just look throught the glass and trust your recipe!
  • Preheat your crockpot: A lot of people don’t do this and it really is a step that should always be taken. Turn your crockpot on to the correct setting about 20 minutes before you plan on putting your food it. You can just turn it on while you prep your food!
  • Spray it: If you spray your slow cooker with cooking spray before you put your food in, then your cleanup will be so much easier! This helps so that your food doesn’t stick to the sides. Trust me, it’s an easy step that you will appreciate doing later!
Chicken and pasta on a plate with a fork.

How to Store Leftovers

If you have some leftovers with this dish then consider yourself lucky! This crockpot Olive Garden chicken and pasta is so delicious the next day! Once the food has cooled them store it in an airtight container in your fridge. It will last for 3-4 days! When you are ready to eat, you can heat it up in your microwave for 1-2 minutes or until heated through!

Crockpot Olive Garden Chicken

4.8 from 5 votes
This Olive Garden crockpot chicken is to die for! The juicy and tender chicken cooked with some pasta is insanely delicious! Plus, it's super easy which is a total win-win!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 (16 ounce bottle ) Olive Garden Italian dressing or homemade Olive Garden Italian Dressing
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 16 ounces cooked pasta

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken breasts in a slow cooker laying flat. Pour the whole bottle or homemade olive garden dressing over top the chicken.
  • Sprinkle parmesan over top the chicken and dressing. Place the block of cream cheese on top. Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook for 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Using 2 forks or shredders, shred the chicken evenly. Use ¼ cup parmesan and sprinkle over top the chicken. Add in the pasta and stir until well combined. Serve while hot.


Nutrition

Serves: 6

Calories414kcal (21%)Carbohydrates25g (8%)Protein34g (68%)Fat19g (29%)Saturated Fat10g (50%)Polyunsaturated Fat1gMonounsaturated Fat5gTrans Fat1gCholesterol121mg (40%)Sodium381mg (16%)Potassium515mg (15%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar2g (2%)Vitamin A614IU (12%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium140mg (14%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot olive garden chicken, olive garden chicken
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I am going to adapt this to make in my instant pot tonight. But will just make the pasta and sauce in there. Will sauté a pound of shrimp in garlic, butter and olive oil to add to the finished pasta and sauce. Will let you know how it works. 😀

  2. I’ve never commented before, but I use A LOT of your recipes on regular rotation for our family of 5. Almost of of them have been winners…. But this one…. This one is THE BEST. We loved this meal so much, I’m making it again for the second week in a row.

    My son has a dairy allergy so I used vegan cream cheese and omitted the parmesan. I made the olive garden dressing from scratch (your recipe) and it was delicious. I also just used shredded rotisserie chicken and lowered the crock pot setting to warm for a couple of hours.

    Anyway, this one was a real winner. Thanks for all you do!

  3. I made this in my Instapot and it turned out fantastic! I followed directions as noted but set chicken mixture to 15 in instapot instead of crockpot. Yummy and so easy!

  4. Made tonight. Here’s what I changed. I didn’t have 6 hours. I had crockpot on high for 2 hrs and low for 2 hrs. I have found that if I do 4 hours on high with chicken breast, meal is too dry. I have a poultry thermometer and make sure meat reaches required temp. I also used Lentil Pasta spirals. Wonderful! Paired with Kale salad.

  5. 5 stars
    You never disappoint! I have made many of your recipes and they ALWAYS come out fabulous! Our fave is your alfredo sauce! Whenever I’m looking for something for dinner, I can always count on you! This recipe is delish and my family loved it, as usual! Thank you!!

  6. could you make this using rotisserie chicken (already cooked from Jewel) and just shred that chicken with dressing, cheese and cream cheese. to go faster.

  7. 4 stars
    Made this recipe last night. It was very good. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs. Came out very tasty. Served it with a salad. Would definitely make this again. Thank you for the recipe!

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