Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo is an easy and delicious meal with tender chicken, pasta, and extra creamy white sauce you can make at home.
This dish is a great option for busy days, as it only requires a few simple ingredients and minimal preparation time.
One of the reasons this crockpot Alfredo is so good is because of the incredible sauce—it's a family favorite.
Another reason to love this dish is that it's a one-pot meal (the pasta cooks right in the slow cooker!). This means you only have to dirty one dish, and the cleanup is a breeze. This is why we love Crock Pot Recipes!!
If you've never tried Crock Pot Alfredo, make this recipe! Your whole family will love it for pasta night! Just like our cheesy Slow Cooker Ground Pork Casserole.
You make the flavorful homemade Alfredo sauce with a combination of delicious ingredients! It's creamy and satisfying and coats the pasta perfectly.
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts - you could also use chicken thighs in the recipe.
- Heavy cream - this is the base of your sauce that gives it a nice creamy texture.
- Sodium chicken broth - we prefer the low-sodium version, but regular chicken broth or stock is okay.
- Butter - salted is fine.
- Cream cheese - this soft cheese adds to the creamy texture.
- Seasonings: Salt, Italian seasoning, Black pepper, Garlic powder
- Rigatoni or penne pasta - a large shell pasta that holds all the delicious sauce is best.
See the printable recipe card below for measurements and complete instructions.
- Boneless skinless chicken breast: Boneless skinless chicken thighs are also okay to use.
- Heavy cream: You can substitute evaporated milk or half and half for the heavy cream.
- Butter: If you want to cut back on calories, you can use margarine instead of butter.
- Cream cheese: For a lower-fat version, you can use Neufchâtel cheese (low-fat cream cheese).
- Low-Sodium chicken broth: You can use low-sodium vegetable broth or even water in this recipe.
- Extra flavor options: When it comes to Alfredo, adding more seasoning is always an option! If you like spicy things, you can always add red pepper flakes to the sauce. You can never add too much garlic powder, cajun seasoning, or Italian seasoning. If you like, add 1 teaspoon of onion powder to the sauce or top it with fresh parsley.
STEP 1 - Add raw chicken, heavy cream, chicken broth, butter, cream cheese, salt, Italian seasoning, pepper, and garlic powder to your slow cooker.
STEP 2 - Cover with the lid and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 3-4 hours.
STEP 3 - Take the lid off and shred the chicken with two forks.
STEP 4 - Turn the crock pot to HIGH and add uncooked pasta and parmesan cheese. Cook for 30 minutes or until pasta is done. (You may need to add time depending on how fast your slow cooker heats up.)
STEP 5 - Stir one more time, then top with parsley and additional parmesan cheese if desired.
Serve and enjoy!
Expert Tips and Tricks
- If you want your chicken to be extra tender, cook it on the LOW setting. No one likes dry chicken!
- You can use any type of pasta in this dish. Rigatoni and penne work well but feel free to use whatever you have on hand.
- You can also make this recipe with frozen chicken. Simply add an extra hour of cooking time if using frozen chicken.
- Make a double batch of this crock pot chicken Alfredo recipe and freeze the leftovers for a quick and easy meal later.
- To make chicken broccoli Alfredo, add a couple of cups of broccoli 10 - 15 minutes before the recipe is done cooking.
PRO TIP: This slow cooker chicken Alfredo recipe is a great way to use up leftovers. If you have cooked chicken breasts on hand, shred them and add them to the sauce.
This dish can be served with vegetables or by itself. Crockpot chicken fettuccine Alfredo is genuinely a favorite around here. Try it with:
- Garlic bread
- Simple green salad
- Broccoli florets
- Green beans
- Roasted Brussels sprouts
How to Store and Reheat
FRIDGE: Store leftover chicken Alfredo in the refrigerator for up to four days. Make sure to use an airtight container so bacteria doesn't get into your meal.
FREEZER: Freeze Alfredo in a freezer-safe container for up to three months.
PRO TIP: We like to make several batches of this meal so we can pull it out on a busy night.
Reheat: Reheat Alfredo on the stove over low heat until warmed through. You may need to add a splash of milk or water to thin it out as it reheats.
Crockpot Chicken Alfredo is a huge hit with any family who's short on time. The taste and smell are wonderful. So, no matter the occasion, try this amazing crockpot recipe today! Serve this dish as a main course or a side dish.
One of the easiest ways to thicken Alfredo sauce is cornstarch. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of warm in a small bowl to make a slurry. Mix the slurry into your Alfredo sauce and let it simmer for a few minutes on high.
Add more cornstarch slurry if the sauce still needs thickening.
Another way is to add more heavy cream. It can take a lot of cream though, to thicken a large quantity of sauce, so not always the best option.
Yes, putting raw chicken into a slow cooker is safe and how it's meant to be used. The chicken slowly cooks in the delicious creamy sauce in this recipe.
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Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo
- 6-quart Crock Pot
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast (about 2 large breasts or 4 small)
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 4 tablespoons butter (cut into pieces)
- 8 ounces cream cheese (cut into pieces)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 pound rigatoni or penne pasta
- 4 ounces Parmesan cheese (shredded)
- Fresh parsley (chopped)
- Add chicken, heavy cream, chicken broth, butter, cream cheese, salt, Italian seasoning, pepper, and garlic powder to your slow cooker.
- Cover with the lid and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 3-4 hours until chicken is cooked through.
- Remove the lid and shred the chicken in the crock pot with two forks.
- Turn the crock pot to HIGH and add uncooked pasta and parmesan cheese. Cook for 30 minutes or until pasta is tender and finished cooking.
- Stir once more, then top with parsley and more parmesan cheese if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!
- If you want your chicken to be extra tender, cook it on the LOW setting.
- You can use any type of pasta in this dish. Rigatoni and penne work well, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand.
- You can also make this recipe with frozen chicken. Simply add an extra hour of cooking time if using frozen poultry.