Homemade Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo made with cream cheese, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese is one of the best Crockpot meals! The juicy chicken is cooked perfectly in this easy dinner recipe.
Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo
This Alfredo sauce is amazing. It is so rich and creamy and it has loads of flavor. You can taste the perfect little hints of the onion and garlic powder.
The chicken was so tender and the noodles were cooked just right. I swear the pasta tasted even better because it absorbed all that creamy deliciousness while it cooked.
Even though it would technically be a tinier bit easier using jarred sauce, it was still so easy to make it from scratch that it really felt like a super easy slow cooker meal.
Plus, the flavor is always so much with homemade sauces, so it definitely felt like it was worth the extra couple of minutes to me.
It would be awesome to try it with some small pieces of broccoli cut up and tossed in when I put the pasta in. Chicken Broccoli Alfredo is one of my favorite pastas, and I’m pretty confident it would turn out perfectly with this recipe.
If you love the slow cooker as much as I do, check out some of my best slow cooker recipes:
Can You Put Uncooked Pasta In The Crock Pot?
Yes! You can cook raw pasta in a crock pot. Just make sure that you’re using a recipe that calls for uncooked noodles. Some recipes need you to boil the noodles first, but this recipe is designed to cook the noodles in the crockpot.
How Long Does Pasta Take In A Slow Cooker?
It depends on whether you’re cooking them on HIGH or on LOW. I prefer to cook noodles on HIGH for about 30 – 40 minutes. The exact time will depend on your slow cooker, but 35 minutes is the perfect amount of time in mine.
Can You Put Raw Chicken In A Slow Cooker?
Yes, raw chicken can be cooked in a slow cooker. Just like other cooking methods, it needs to be cooked until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 F on an instant read meat thermometer.
Is It Better To Cook Chicken On High Or Low In A Crockpot?
It’s better to cook chicken on LOW in a slow cooker. Cooking it low and slow ensures that you have super juicy moist chicken when it’s finished cooking. It can still turn out really well if you cook it on HIGH, there’s just less room for error in terms of overcooking.
Chicken Breasts: Boneless skinless chicken breasts are the best cut of chicken for this recipe. They’re easy to work with and carry the flavor of the sauce well. If you can, try to use air chilled chicken. It releases less moisture and will stay juicier.
Pasta: Penne pasta is the perfect noodle for this dish, but pretty much any short noodle will work. Using a short noodle instead of fettuccine is easier in a slow cooker pasta recipe because it’s so much easier to stir the pasta without breaking the noodles.
Heavy Cream: It’s preferable to use heavy cream over half and half or milk in this recipe. Using a liquid with a higher fat content helps make sure that the sauce doesn’t break or curdle while it cooks.
Chicken Broth: This provides the extra liquid that will be needed for the pasta to cook in the slow cooker. Using chicken broth instead of water adds extra flavor.
Cream Cheese and Butter: These both help make the sauce thick and luscious. Using a combination of the two adds more flavor.
Parmesan Cheese: Parmesan is a quintessential flavor in Alfredo sauce. It also adds a subtle layer of saltiness to this dish.
Pepper, Italian Seasoning, Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder: Using dried spices make it easy to season this dish without having to sauté anything in a skillet. Feel free to adjust the amounts based on your preferences, but I think the amounts in the recipe card are perfectly balanced.
How To Make Chicken Alfredo In A Crock Pot
Start by filleting the chicken breasts and laying them in the bottom of a greased 6 quart slow cooker, then salt and pepper them to taste. (See the recipe card below for the full printable instructions.)
Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, cubed butter, cubed cream cheese, and all the spices on top of the chicken. Cover and cook.
Once the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 F, remove the chicken from the slow cooker. When it’s cool enough to handle, shred it with two forks.
Stir the sauce to mix it and to make sure that the cream cheese is fully melted.
Add the pasta and some of the Parmesan cheese and stir. Cover and cook.
When the pasta is about 2/3 cooked, stir the chicken back in. Once the noodles are finished cooking, add in the remaining Parmesan. Stir the pasta to coat it evenly in the sauce. Garnish it with fresh parsley and serve. See the recipe card below for the full written instructions, including ingredient amounts, cooking times, and helpful tips, etc.
Quick Crockpot Chicken Alfredo
If you want to make this even easier, you can use shredded rotisserie chicken!
Cook the sauce just long enough that the cream cheese and butter cubes melt fully. Then stir in the pasta and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan.
When the pasta is about 2/3 cooked, add in the chicken and stir. When the pasta is fully cooked, stir in the remaining Parmesan.
Use tortellini instead of penne pasta for a heartier meal to serve a crowd.
Try adding some Cajun seasoning to make a delicious Cajun Alfredo pasta.
Add small pieces of cooked mushrooms, broccoli, or spinach to sneak some delicious vegetables in.
If you love creamy pesto, feel free to stir a bit of pesto in at the end.
Top it with freshly cracked black pepper for some amazing flavor that balances the creaminess.
If you don’t have chicken breasts, feel free to use boneless skinless chicken thighs.
Add diced sun dried tomatoes when you add the other sauce ingredients if you love creamy sun-dried tomato sauces. It would be really similar to the flavors in this Marry Me Chicken recipe.
If you want more meat flavors in this dish, feel free to stir in crispy bacon pieces or browned sausage crumbles. I’d probably add them in right at the end, just make sure they’re fully cooked first.
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- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 large chicken breasts)
- 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1/3 cup butter (cubed, 75 grams)
- 8 ounces cream cheese (cubed, room temperature, 1 full brick)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 400 grams penne pasta (4 cups)
- 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (divided)
- Fresh diced parsley (optional, for garnish)
- Butterfly the chicken breasts into even thickness fillets. Lightly grease the bottom of a 6 quart slow cooker, and lay the chicken breast fillets on the bottom of the crock pot. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper to taste (if desired).
- Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, cubed butter, cream cheese, and the spices on top of the chicken.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 3 hours, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reads 165 F on an instant read thermometer. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker, and set aside. Once it is cool enough to handle, use two forks to shred it.
- Mix the sauce well to combine it (make sure the cream cheese has fully melted and mixed through). Then add in 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese and the pasta. Stir, cover and cook on HIGH for another 30 minutes, adding the shredded chicken back in after 20 minutes of the 30 minutes cook time.
- Once the pasta has reached your desired level of doneness, garnish it with the remaining parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Serve warm.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 719Total Fat: 49.2gCarbohydrates: 43.1gFiber: 1.8gSugar: 4.9gProtein: 26.4g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo is a family favorite dinner that’s perfect for potlucks!