Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

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Looking for an answer to the question “what’s for dinner?” Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta is the answer! Perfectly tender shredded chicken cooked in Olive Garden Italian Dressing, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, and sun dried tomatoes then tossed with penne pasta and fresh basil. This is a flavor-packed dinner the whole family will love!

Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

It’s safe to say this Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta is a new dinner-time favorite! I like how easy it is to make and this is a dish that everyone asked for often.

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The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make the pasta (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the printable recipe card):

  • Chicken breast
  • Olive Garden Italian Dressing – find this in the salad dressing aisle of your grocery store. There are also great substitutes, such as a similar dressing from Aldi.
  • Grated Parmesan cheese – no need to grate fresh cheese; the grated Parmesan in a canister is perfect for this recipe.
  • Sun dried tomatoes – you can use the dry sun dried tomatoes or the kind in a jar.
  • Black pepper
  • Cream cheese
  • Penne
  • Fresh basil

ingredients to make Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

How to Make Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

Place the chicken breast in a large slow cooker and pour the whole bottle of Olive Garden dressing over the chicken.

pouring Olive Garden dressing over chicken

chicken and dressing in a Crock Pot

Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the grated Parmesan over the chicken and dressing along with the chopped sun dried tomatoes.

adding grated Parmesan and sun dried tomatoes to the chicken

Place the block of cream cheese on top.

placing a brick of cream cheese in the slow cooker

Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 4 hours until the chicken is cooked through and fork-tender. Shred the chicken with two forks.

Cook the penne according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.

shredding chicken in the Crock Pot with forks

Add the torn basil and the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese.

adding torn basil leaves to the shredded chicken

And the cooked penne and stir well.

adding cooked penne to the slow cooker

Serve the pasta immediately while hot.

Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

What to Serve with the Olive Garden Pasta

  • Tossed salad
  • Steamed green beans
  • Garlic Bread or breadsticks

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta on a white plate

How to Store Leftovers

Store the leftover pasta in an airtight food storage container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave.

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

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5 from 5 votes

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

Looking for an answer to the question "what's for dinner?" Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta is the answer! Perfectly tender shredded chicken cooked in Olive Garden Italian Dressing, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, and sun dried tomatoes then tossed with penne pasta and fresh basil. This is a flavor-packed dinner the whole family will love!
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 6 hrs
Total: 6 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 bottle (16 ounces) Olive Garden Italian Dressing
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese divided
  • 2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4-5 basil leaves torn
  • 1 pound penne pasta

Instructions

  • Place the chicken breast in a large slow cooker and pour the whole bottle of Olive Garden dressing over the chicken.
  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the grated Parmesan over the chicken and dressing along with the chopped sun dried tomatoes. Place the block of cream cheese on top.
  • Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 4 hours until the chicken is cooked through and fork-tender.
  • Cook the penne according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Shred the chicken with two forks. Add the torn basil, the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, and the cooked penne; stir well.
  • Serve the pasta immediately.

Equipment

  • 6-quart slow cooker

Nutrition

Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 628mg | Potassium: 695mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 1mg

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Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

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6 comments on “Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta”

  1. 5 stars
    My family really enjoyed this . It was the quickest yet most savory dish! It will be in the regular rotation since crockpot meals are the go to with sports 7 days a week. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    My neighbor Sydney made this! Brought some over to me,  for my supper tonight! Along with cheesy biscuits!! This chicken dish is complete awesomeness! Her homemade cheesy biscuits, these 2 together!? To die for!! I have to make this myself!! Thanks you for your recipe!!

  3. 5 stars
    My husband is NOT a big fan of parmesan cheese but really liked the dish.  What other cheese could I replace the parmesan with.  My daughter-in-law made this and they all LOVED it.  Easy to make and good. 

  4. Reverend M.C.

    I use Wishbone creamy Italian, fresh grated Parmesan, (I know, I am picky, lol), in place of the sun dried tomato, I like mine a little spicy, so I use a can of Rotel tomatoes. But it comes out great!! Serve with some chessy garlic bread!

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