Are you looking for an easy Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole recipe that even picky eaters will eat?
This easy chicken casserole with bowtie pasta takes five minutes to get started and only requires 5 ingredients. Definitely one of the best crock pot chicken casseroles we’ve ever eaten!
Creamy Chicken Bowtie Pasta
Chicken breasts cook in the crockpot with a packet of Italian salad dressing mix, cream cheese, and cream of chicken soup. Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole only takes about five minutes to toss in the crock pot! Once the chicken is tender it is shredded and bowtie pasta is stirred in to make a simple meal the whole family enjoys!
Any type of bit sized pasta can be stirred in, but we love how the larger parts of the bowtie catch the cream and shredded pieces of chicken. Bowtie pasta is the best kind to use in this recipe and our Macaroni Grill Pasta Milano if possible.
The shredded chicken stays moist with the cream of chicken soup and cream cheese, so it can be shredded and kept on keep warm in the slow cooker. Just make the bowtie pasta and stir into the creamy chicken when your family is ready to enjoy!
We’ve tried the same creamy chicken recipe with a packet of ranch seasoning and compared it to the packet of Italian seasoning. We think the Italian seasoning adds a nice pop of flavor, but it’s milder so the kids enjoy it more. The ranch packet has a more distinct flavor. Both flavors mix with pasta just fine.
A bigger crock pot can be used to double the amount of chicken and cream sauce. Once the chicken is shredded it can be refrigerated or frozen for future meals.
Chicken Casserole for Picky Eaters
This is a great crock pot meal for picky eaters. My kids will eat the creamy shredded chicken casserole with pasta mixed in, but it is super easy to serve plain pasta next to the chicken too. Whatever we can do to get them to eat more and argue less is a win!
We have a more complex Tuscan Chicken & Spaghetti Casserole, but since a couple of us in the family are known to be picky eaters and we both love how delicious, creamy and filling this chicken casserole is.
My husband found an extra tomato on the counter and diced it up to add to his plate. I did the same and was surprised to say that I enjoyed it! One of the kids enjoys the chicken and pasta alone, the other likes the tomatoes on the side.
Chicken Crock Pot Recipe
This recipe is one of my favorites because we have all five basic ingredients, chicken breasts, Italian salad dressing mix, cream of chicken soup, cream cheese and bow tie pasta on hand nearly all of the time. A mid-sized 4 quart Crock Pot works well for this recipe but we will often use a 6-quart Crock Pot and make some extra chicken.
This shredded chicken tastes great on a sandwich, slider or in tacos. I haven’t tried it yet, but this shredded chicken would be a great way to put a spin on our BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders.
What’s Needed to Make Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole
- Chicken breasts
- Packet of Italian salad dressing mix
- Cream cheese
- Cream of chicken soup
- Box of bowtie pasta
How to Make Chicken Bowtie Pasta Casserole
Use non-stick cooking spray or a liner in a 4 or 5 quart crock pot.
Place chicken breasts in crock and sprinkle a packet of Italian salad dressing mix over chicken.
Pour can of cream of chicken over top of the chicken or around the edges. Slice up block of cream cheese in a few chunks and lay on top of the chicken.
Cook on high for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours or on low for 5 to 7 hours until chicken is easy to shred.
Shred chicken and turn down to keep warm. Prepare pasta according to the directions on the box and stir into slow cooker creamy chicken casserole.
Serve warm and enjoy! Leftovers can be stored in an airtight bag or container in the refrigerator for up to 3 – 4 days or frozen for up to 2 months.
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- Smoked Sausage & Cheesy Potato Casserole
- Spaghetti Pizza Casserole
- Egg, Sausage & Brioche Casserole
- Crock Pot Cauliflower Casserole
Printable Crock Pot Chicken Pasta Casserole Recipe
Easy Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta Casserole
- 2 large chicken breasts
- 1 packet Italian salad dressing mix
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 pound box bow tie pasta
- Place liner in Crock Pot if desired. Add chicken breasts. Sprinkle packet of Italian salad dressing mix on chicken. Dump can of soup over chicken and set cream cheese on top. Cook on high for 3 – 4 hours until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
- Make pasta according to instructions on the box. Shred chicken with one or two forks. Chicken should shred easily. Add cooked pasta to Crock Pot and stir well. Serve immediately or turn to keep warm.
- Garnish with fresh diced tomatoes and parsley if desired.
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Recipe originally published on September 25, 2018 and photos updated on January 22, 2021.