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- 1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast (1.5-2 pounds works fine)
- 16 oz. Olive Garden Italian dressing (or any Italian dressing you like) Note- olive garden dressing is high in sodium and can be salty. Choose a lower sodium dressing if desired.
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 8 oz. cream cheese
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!
- 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.
- 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 hig
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!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Olive Garden Salad Dressing:This stuff is amazing on a bowl of romaine, but when you add it to chicken and cream cheese it creates the most delicious pasta sauce. It’s tangy, savory, and garlicky. I love that you can find this dressing now at most grocery stores, including Walmart and Target. Aldi has their own Tuscan Garden dressing that tastes almost the same. But my favorite is my homemade version, it takes just 5 minutes to make and a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
- A New Chicken Recipe:It’s always fun to have a new and exciting way to cook plain old boneless, skinless chicken breasts. This recipe is different and so tasty. Your family will be thrilled to enjoy something new.
- Made in the Crockpot:I just love a good crockpot chicken meal. On the days that dinner is in the crockpot it almost feels like I get a break from cooking dinner since the cooking happens while I’m busy doing other things.
Don’t over shred the chicken: You want there to be pieces of chicken with your pasta, so be careful not to shred the chicken so much that it disappears into the sauce.
- Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days
- You can cook the chicken on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours and LOW for 6 to 8 hours
- You can freeze the chicken once shredded in safe freezer bags for up to 3 months
- You don’t need to add the pasta to the chicken. You can serve the chicken over rice, over pasta, you can also use it in a baked casserole, and it is excellent in a sandwich as leftovers.
How to make TikTok Olive Garden Chicken Pasta
First prep your slow cooker by spraying down the inside of it. I always prep my slow cooker just to be sure nothing is going to accidently stick. Alternatively, you can use a slow cooker liner.
- Unpack your chicken breasts and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker and with a fork, poke each breast 3 to 4 times.
- Sprinkle pepper, garlic powder, and half of the shredded cheese.
- Gently pour the Olive Garden dressing over the chicken
- Sprinkle the remaining of the shredded cheese and add the cream cheese on top.
- Cover and cook on High for 4 ½ hours to 5 hours.
- Cook your pasta. Drain. Set aside. You may want to add a little bit of olive oil (about 1 tablespoon) or butter, so it does not stick too much together.
- Once cooked, take the chicken out on a plate and shred the chicken using 2 forks.
- Place the chicken back into the slow cooker and mix well with the sauce. Mix until the chicken is all coated with the sauce.
- Add the cooked pasta and mix well until pasta and chicken are well coated.
- Keep warm until ready to serve
- How do I make this Lightened Up Copycat Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta?
- Place the chicken breast in a large slow cooker and pour the whole bottle of the light Olive Garden dressing over the chicken.
- How do I know how many points this is on my WW individualized plan?
- Click the link below to go to the recipe builder. You’ll first need to sign into your WW account and then the recipe builder will upload. The recipe builder is the most accurate way to create, obtain, and track the Personal Points on your individualized plan.
Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 328TOTAL FAT: 12gSATURATED FAT: 4gCHOLESTEROL: 53mgSODIUM: 750mgCARBOHYDRATES: 48gNET CARBOHYDRATES: 30gFIBER: 18gSUGAR: 2gPROTEIN: 28g
Spray the crock pot with non stick cooking spray
Place chicken breasts in crockpot.
Season to taste with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
Pour in the Italian Dressing, then top with cream cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Place lid on crockpot and cook for 4 hours on high.
Why I Love This Recipe
This recipe is one of my favorites because it’s easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. Plus, it’s delicious.
- Easy to make
- Perfect for picky eaters
- Fills the house with a delicious aroma
If you love yummy slow cooker chicken recipes, give this Buffalo Chicken Meatballs recipe a try.
Shred Chicken & Toss with Pasta
Turn crockpot to warm, shred chicken and stir to melt cream cheese completely into sauce. Toss with parmesan cheese, half & half and cooked pasta. Divide into portions and serve warm.
If you happen to have any leftover pasta, it stores really well in the fridge for up to 4 days as long as it is in air tight containers. Because it’s a creamy pasta sauce, it won’t reheat as ‘saucy’ unless you add in a splash of water to loosen it up. After you microwave it, stir that water in well to create that creamy sauce and it’s as good as new.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS
Store the leftover pasta in an airtight food storage container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave
How do I stop chicken from drying out in the crockpot? Another wonderful aspect of this recipe is that the Italian dressing keeps the chicken moist and tender through the cooking process. Also, since we are keeping the chicken breasts intact and not cutting them up before cooking, the chicken’s natural juices remain in the chicken until you go to shred them up
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