Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta

This Crockpot Italian Chicken Pasta Dinner is one of the easiest Crockpot recipes in the world! Minimal ingredients and it tastes oh so yummy! Little kid approved!

This Italian Chicken Pasta Dinner is one of the easiest Crockpot recipes in the world! Minimal ingredients and it tastes oh so yummy! Little kid approved!

 

Exciting things are happening in the Brennan household! Gordon and I, since before we were married, have been working towards different and equally important goals. Well, maybe dreams would be a better term.

Anyways, we are taking big steps this year so we can make our dreams a reality. And while I can’t tell you specifics right now, let this be your little PSA to go for it and reach your dreams too. We are so excited for the rest of 2017! And scared. But mostly excited!! And still a little scared.

It has taken us about 10 years of learning, growing and educating ourselves in different ways to finally feel comfortable enough to “go for it“. Hence the excitement and hesitation at the same time. So stay tuned! Come summer, you’ll know what we were talking about 😉

ANYWAYS–>let’s talk about this recipe!!

I’m not one to throw cream cheese into my dinners, let alone 1 1/2 blocks of cream cheese (yowza!) but I’m changing my ways.

This dinner has become a staple at our house, mostly because it takes so little time to throw together, Eddie devours it (which he doesn’t tend to do with a lot of things these days) and so does my husband. After the first few bites right out of the crockpot, Gordon was like “wow, this is actually really good.

I’m just a professional recipe developer but whatever….don’t sound so surprised.

This recipe starts with throwing nearly ever single ingredients into a crockpot and cooking on high for 3-4 hours. Things like onions, garlic, chicken, cream cheese, marinara sauce, and some seasonings. Actually, those are all the ingredients you throw into your crockpot.

After it’s all cooked, you stir it together to shred the chicken and stir the melted cream cheese into the sauce. After a few minutes, everything will be pretty darn creamy and all you have to do is toss it together with some hot pasta.

This will FILL a crockpot and feed a crowd, unless your appetite is like Gordon’s. Or Eddie’s.

Be sure to print out the recipe below and give this a try soon! It’s so so good and worth every calorie.

Have a great weekend, friends! xo

This Italian Chicken Pasta Dinner is one of the easiest Crockpot recipes in the world! Minimal ingredients and it tastes oh so yummy! Little kid approved!

This Italian Chicken Pasta Dinner is one of the easiest Crockpot recipes in the world! Minimal ingredients and it tastes oh so yummy! Little kid approved!

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Creamy Italian Crockpot Chicken Pasta

This fast, creamy Italian Pasta Dinner is one of the easiest Crockpot recipes in the world! Minimal ingredients and it tastes oh so yummy! Little kid approved!

Yield: 4-6 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.25 lbs. chicken tenders
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1-25 oz. jar marinara sauce
  • 12 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning*
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lb. pasta

Directions:

  1. In a cold crockpot, place onion, garlic, chicken, salt, pepper, marinara, cream cheese, Italian Seasoning and bay leaves. Cover and cook 3-4 hours or until chicken is very tender and will shred easily. Stir to shred chicken and melt cream cheese into the sauce. Toss with hot, cooked pasta and serve.
  2. *Lots of Italian Seasonings vary! Pick one you like, or use your own combination of basil, oregano and thyme.

This Italian Chicken Pasta Dinner is one of the easiest Crockpot recipes in the world! Minimal ingredients and it tastes oh so yummy! Little kid approved!

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  1. TyppicLly the Bay leaves are removed. Did you leave yours in?

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  2. What do you think about cutting the cream cheese in half?
    Why did you change your mind about adding cream cheese to anything?

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    • You could cut the amount of cream cheese in half, but you might have to also use less pasta because that is taking away from the amount of sauce there will be.

      I changed my mind about the cream cheese because I had a few blocks in my fridge that just weren’t getting used, so I decided to throw them into a few recipes and turns out CREAM CHEESE IS AMAZING.

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  3. Can I cook on low for 8 hours while at work instead of on high for 3 to 4 hours?

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  4. Does the crockpot get put on high or low for 4 hours?

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  5. I’m making this now, but a little confused about when to add in the cream cheese…

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    • You add it in with everything else into the crockpot.

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  6. Yummmm…Linda

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  7. Made this last night. DELICIOUS!! I’ll just add this to the long list of your other recipes we love! This was definitely kid approved–made me so happy!! (I did refer to it as “Ketchup Pasta” though.) 😉 Thank you!!

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  8. Any tips for preventing the cream cheese from curdling?

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    • My cream cheese didn’t curdle…weird! Maybe don’t cook it as long?

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  9. Could you use regular cheese instead of cream cheese?

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  10. When it says chicken tenders do you mean like the frozen breaded kind of raw chicken ?

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    • Chicken tenders as in the fresh chicken tenderloins you can get right next to the boneless skinless chicken breasts.

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  11. What kind of noodles did you use? Those are different than any I’ve seen and would love to try them!

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    • it’s called Gemelli…found it at Costco!

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  12. This was really good. My family really loved it. I have one that can be picky and she even liked it. I added 1/2 of a red bell pepper chopped with my onion and garlic mainly because we like it and it was super good. Thanks for the recipe.

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  13. I misread the recipe….i added all the ingredients as instructed…INCLUDING the uncooked pasta! Did I just ruin my meal?

    I later noticed you add the cooked ingredients to the past later.

    I literally just started and am hoping everything will cook.

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  14. Where can I find out the amount of calories this is?

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  15. Do you know how many calories this is?

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  16. Lauren, this was fantastic! I added some peas, and was thinking broccoli might be good too. It’s going to be my new go to for meals to bring for others. Thanks!

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  17. Do you cook on low for 3-4 hrs?

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  18. Can I use raw chicken breast as “chicken, tenders” ?

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    • Yes, you’ll just have to cook the casserole 10-15 minutes longer if they are especially thick.

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  19. I did everything as instructed but the recipe turned out bland and watery. Any suggestions to improve it? I don’t want to throw it away!

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