olive garden crockpot chicken pasta
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Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta
- 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
Add the chicken breasts to the slow cooker.
Pour over the Olive Garden Italian dressing and sprinkle over the parmesan cheese and pepper.
Place the cream cheese on top.
Place the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 5-6 hours.
When the cooking time is almost done, start cooking the pasta on the stove top as directed on the package.
Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition info auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.
Can I serve this chicken with something other than pasta?
- Serve over rice.
- Or with steamed vegetables.