Crockpot Olive Garden Chicken Pasta Recipe





  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (16 oz) bottle of Olive Garden Italian dressing
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 block of cream cheese
  • Crockpot liner for easier cleanup
  • Noodles of your choice (spaghetti, fettuccine, or any preferred pasta)


  1. Prepare the Crockpot:
    • Use a crockpot liner for easier cleanup. Place it in the crockpot and turn it on to the desired setting.
  2. Add Chicken to Crockpot:
    • Place the boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot.
  3. Pour Olive Garden Dressing:
    • Pour the entire bottle of Olive Garden Italian dressing over the chicken.
  4. Add Cream Cheese and Parmesan:
    • Place the block of cream cheese on top of the chicken.
    • Lightly cover the chicken and cream cheese with 1 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  5. Cook in Crockpot:
    • Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 5-6 hours until the chicken is cooked through and easily shreddable.
  6. Shred Chicken:
    • Shred the chicken directly in the crockpot using two forks. Mix the shredded chicken with the sauce to ensure it’s well-coated.
  7. Boil Noodles:
    • While the chicken is cooking, boil the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain them once cooked.
  8. Combine Noodles and Chicken:
    • Add the drained noodles to the crockpot, mixing them with the shredded chicken and sauce.
  9. Cover with Parmesan Cheese:
    • Cover the mixture with the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  10. Let it Melt:
    • Cover the crockpot and let it sit for a few minutes until the Parmesan cheese on top melts.
  11. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Once the cheese has melted, give the mixture a final stir and serve. Adjust the seasoning or add more Parmesan cheese if desired.
  12. Adjust to Taste:
    • Feel free to adjust the quantities of ingredients to suit your taste preferences. You can add more dressing, cheese, or cream cheese for a richer flavor.


  • Garnish with fresh parsley or basil for a burst of color and additional flavor.
  • Serve with a side salad or garlic bread for a complete Olive Garden-inspired meal.


Q1: Can I use a different brand of Italian dressing for this recipe?

A: Yes, you can use any brand of Italian dressing that you prefer. The choice of dressing can impact the flavor, so feel free to experiment with different brands to suit your taste.

Q2: Can I use bone-in chicken for this recipe?

A: While boneless, skinless chicken breasts are recommended for easier shredding, you can use bone-in chicken. Keep in mind that bone-in chicken may require additional cooking time.

Q3: Can I substitute the cream cheese with a lighter alternative?

A: Yes, you can use light or reduced-fat cream cheese if you prefer a lighter version of the dish. The cream cheese adds creaminess to the sauce.

Q4: Can I cook this recipe on high for a shorter time?

A: Cooking on high for a shorter time is possible, but the low setting allows for more even cooking and flavor absorption. Keep an eye on the chicken to avoid overcooking.

Q5: Can I add vegetables to this recipe?

A: Absolutely! You can add vegetables such as spinach, cherry tomatoes, or broccoli during the last hour of cooking for added flavor and nutrition.

Q6: How do I prevent the cream cheese from clumping?

A: To prevent the cream cheese from clumping, ensure it’s softened before adding it to the crockpot. You can also cut it into smaller cubes for easier melting.

Q7: Can I use a different type of pasta?

A: Yes, feel free to use your favorite type of pasta. Spaghetti, fettuccine, or penne are all great options. Cook according to the package instructions.

Q8: Can I make this recipe ahead of time and reheat it later?

A: Certainly! This recipe reheats well. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

Q9: Can I freeze the leftovers?

A: While the dish can be frozen, the texture of the pasta may change slightly upon thawing. Reheat gently and consider adding a bit of extra sauce or cream to restore creaminess.

Q10: How can I adjust the seasoning to my liking?

A: Taste the dish before serving and adjust the seasoning as needed. You can add more Italian dressing, Parmesan cheese, or salt and pepper according to your taste preferences.