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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 chicken 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 1/4 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!

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Crockpot Olive Garden Chicken

3.95 from 68 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
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
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients 

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 1/4 cup parmesan and sprinkle over top the chicken. Add in the pasta and stir until well combined. Serve while hot.

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Nutrition

Calories: 414kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 34gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 381mgPotassium: 515mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 614IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 140mgIron: 2mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: 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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153 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was delicious, my finicky family loved it.
    I was nervous because of some of the comments, so I only put in half a bottle of dressing and half of the cream cheese.

    it was so simple, I’ll make it again for sure

  2. 2 stars
    This sounded so delicious, and I’m obsessed with Olive Garden dressing! But it’s a bit tangy and powerful to have every bite of a heavier pasta meal. I would say it was delicious for about 5 bites, ok for the next 5-10, and then I was checked out on that taste – it’s just overwhelming. I think it’d be better as a side pasta, not the entire dinner. I really wanted to like it, too! But we’ll be throwing the leftovers away.

  3. 5 stars
    My family and I loved this so much! It is one of our new favorites. I added a little cornstarch the last hour of cooking just to give it a nice rich sauce for the pasta.

  4. 5 stars
    Used 2 lbs chicken, 2/3 bottle Italian dressing (didn’t have Olive Garden do I just used what I had on hand- Wishbone) And threw in some cherry tomatoes cut in half. Cannot express how delicious this was!!!

  5. 5 stars
    We loved it but the next time I’ll half the recipe lol. Great meal with s green salad and bread.

  6. 5 stars
    Not sure why people are saying it’s salty..mines didn’t come out that way. I added rinsed diced tomatoes to mines. It came out super good & my kids loved it. Will make again!

  7. May I ask what size crockpot you use? I am looking to get one (and try your crockpot recipes since I love your other recipes!) and am not sure what size to look for.

  8. 1 star
    The Italian dressing tastes nasty with the chicken and pasta. All of it together made the recipe taste way too salty and just gross overall. We threw all of it out…

  9. It was so salty once your taste buds adjusted it became palatable. but no I wouldn’t recommend nor would I make again.

  10. This was extremely tangy. I had to add whipping cream to cut down on the tanginess. It was difficult to eat much of it. Super stimulating to the taste receptors. I will not make this again.

  11. 4 stars
    I just made this and wish I had read the comments about cutting back on the cream cheese. I thought it was good but the amount of cream cheese could be cut in half.

  12. 3 stars
    Made it exactly as directed. It was alright. Very strong flavored and rapidly overloads the senses making eating more than a few bites of it a challenge. Great for a side dish, not so much for serving as a meal. Mellow it out, though, and it’d probably be fantastic.