Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta


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Use Olive Garden Italian Dressing to make this Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta! It’s a creamy pasta dish that has so much flavor.

We love easy pasta dishes for the crockpot! Try my Baked Spaghetti, Feta and Tomato Pasta, or Beef Stroganoff recipes too!

pasta in slow cooker with cheese on top. Breadsticks on the side.

I found this recipe in my Facebook group and had to try it out! You can make this Olive Garden Chicken with or without the pasta! Serve over rice or just with green steamed vegetables.

ingredients for olive garden chicken; italian dressing, chicken, pepper, cream cheese, and pasta.

How to make Olive Garden Chicken Pasta in the Crockpot:

  • Add chicken breasts to the slow cooker.
  • Pour over one 16-ounce jar of Olive Garden Italian Dressing (or any Italian dressing you have on hand.
  • Shake over grated parmesan cheese and ground pepper. Add one block of cream cheese.
Chicken, chicken with italian dressing, chicken with italian dressing, parmesan and cream cheese
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or low for 5-6.
  • Shred the chicken with two forks right in the slow cooker.
  • Cook 16 ounces of pasta according to the package directions on the stove-top. I am using penne pasta for this recipe.
Chicken after cooking in slow cooker
  • Add the drained pasta to the slow cooker along with the sauce and shredded chicken, stir.
  • Sprinkle over more parmesan cheese if desired. I also garnished with a touch of oregano and black pepper.
Chicken, pasta, in a creamy sauce served with bread sticks and salad

Can I serve this chicken with something other than pasta?

  • Serve over rice.
  • Or with steamed vegetables.

Must I use cream cheese?

You can leave it out or add a cup of heavy cream at the end of cooking time is desired. Though the sauce will be thinner.

Does this taste like chicken alfredo?

This Olive Garden Chicken Pasta is thick and creamy like alfredo but has a zesty Italian dressing flavor

chicken penne pasta in white bowl

What should I serve with olive garden chicken pasta?

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Chicken, pasta, in a creamy sauce in the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

3.58 from 771 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Pasta cooked with Olive Garden Italian dressing, parmesan and cream cheese. Penne pasta is added at the end of the cooking time.


  • 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 these items after cooking time is up:

  • 16 oz. penne pasta, cooked according to package directions and drain well
  • 1/4 cup parmesan 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.
  • Shred the chicken with 2 forks. Drain the pasta and add to the chicken and sauce. Stir. Sprinkle over the remaining parmesan cheese.
  • Serve and enjoy!



Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 852mg | Potassium: 528mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 481IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Betty says:

    My husband and I both agreed that using 16 oz. of dressing was far too much – very overpowering. Will make it again, but I will use only one half (8 oz.) of the dressing.

  2. Jennifer V. says:

    5 stars
    We make this all the time and it’s become a staple in our home.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have it in the crockpot and now questioning if frozen chicken won’t work…-

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      It should do fine.

  4. Desiree says:

    My husband and I LOVE this recipe. I’ve cooked it several times and never change a thing. Thank you!

  5. Stu says:

    1 star
    It was awful. I’d half the Olive Garden dressing or add something in to neutralize it. It was way too strong. I couldn’t get through a few bites before putting my fork down.