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Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta Recipe

Description:

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!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Italian

Keyword: chicken dinner ideas, easy crockpot recipes, slow cooker pasta

Servings: 8 servings

Calories: 494kcal

Author: Jill

Equipment:

  • 6-quart slow cooker

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:

  1. Prepare the Slow Cooker:
  • Place the chicken breast in a large slow cooker and pour the whole bottle of Olive Garden dressing over the chicken.
  1. Layer Ingredients:
  • 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.
  1. Cook in 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.
  1. Prepare Penne Pasta:
  • Cook the penne according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  1. Shred Chicken and Assemble:
  • Shred the chicken with two forks.
  • Add the torn basil, the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, and the cooked penne; stir well.
  1. Serve:
  • Serve the pasta immediately.
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Enjoy this delicious and easy-to-make Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta with your family and friends!

FAQs:

Q: Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast?
A: Yes, you can substitute chicken thighs for chicken breast in this recipe. However, adjust the cooking time accordingly as thighs may require slightly longer cooking.

Q: Can I use a different brand of Italian dressing?
A: While Olive Garden Italian Dressing is recommended for its specific flavor profile, you can use any brand of Italian dressing you prefer. Just keep in mind that it may alter the taste slightly.

Q: Can I make this recipe ahead of time and reheat it?
A: Yes, you can prepare the Slow Cooker Olive Garden Chicken Pasta ahead of time and reheat it when ready to serve. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave.

Q: Can I freeze leftovers?
A: Yes, you can freeze leftovers of this dish. Store them in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Q: Can I add vegetables to this recipe?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to add your favorite vegetables such as spinach, bell peppers, or mushrooms to enhance the nutritional value and flavor of the dish. Simply sauté them separately and add them to the pasta before serving.

Q: Can I make this recipe gluten-free?
A: Yes, you can use gluten-free penne pasta and ensure that the Italian dressing and other ingredients are gluten-free. Always check the labels to confirm.