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Easy Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Pasta

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Pasta is an easy, dump and go recipe that is similar to penne alla vodka with the ease of a slow cooker!

Kim and I keep a pretty close eye on our blog for a number of reasons. One of the things that she monitors is our search traffic.

Why would she do that, you ask? Well, to know what people are looking for on our site.

Lately, we’ve noticed a lot of people searching for a slow cooker creamy tomato pasta recipe. Now, we already have both an Instant Pot creamy tomato pasta and a stove-top penne alla vodka recipe.

Both dishes feature a tomato based sauce flavored with heavy cream. This slow cooker creamy tomato pasta is pretty much the same thing.

The only differences are that we cooked it in a crock pot and we added chicken for more filling dish.

A pasta bowl filled with the slow cooker creamy chicken pasta.
This chicken pasta is creamy and delicious!

How to make slow cooker creamy chicken pasta?

First, start by sprinkling salt and pepper, Italian seasonings, red pepper flakes (optional) garlic powder, and onion powder on to the raw chicken.

Afterward, place the chicken into the bottom of the slow cooker. Use the photo below as a reference.

Two raw chicken breasts seasoned and placed into a slow cooker.
Eventhough we’re cooking chicken in a crockpot, I still recommend seasoning the meat beforehand.

Next, add the marinara sauce (or use our easy marinara sauce recipe instead) into the pot.

Fill the jar with water, put the lid back on it, shake it, and pour that liquid into the pot as well.

Chicken, sauce, and water in the slow cooker.
Feel free to use store-bought or homemade marinara. Either way, you’ll still need extra liquid. Take a look at my tips below for details.

After that, place the lid on the crock pot and cook the chicken and sauce for about 3 1/2-hours on high.

Then, remove the chicken and either shred it or cut into bite-sized chunks. Put the meat back into the slow cooker.

Pasta noodles and heavy cream added to the cooked and shredded chicken.
Be sure to submerge the pasta noodles into the liquid; otherwise, they won’t cook properly.

At this point, go ahead and pour in the uncooked pasta noodles and heavy cream. Use a spoon to press the noodles beneath the liquid.

Now, place the lid back on the cooker and reduce the heat to low. Let the creamy chicken pasta cook for another 45-minutes. Stir it from time to time to ensure even cooking.

The cooked tomato pasta in the crock pot.
We like to shred our chicken; however, you can cut it into bite sized chunks if you prefer.

Last, after the noodles have cooked, remove the lid, turn off the heat, stir and serve. That’s it, your slow cooker creamy tomato pasta with chicken is done!

Kim and I hope you enjoy the meal and we wish you all the best 🙂

A big scoop of the finished pasta on a metal spoon.
Once the noodles are soft, your creamy chicken pasta is ready to serve!

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Pasta Recipe Tips:

  • If you don’t want the chicken, simply follow the same steps but leave out the meat and reduce the total cook time from 3 1/2 hours to 45 minutes (on low).
  • As I stated above, you can use a homemade pasta sauce, but you’re still going to need about 24-ounces of extra liquid. Water will work fine or you can use chicken or vegetable broth.
  • Keep an eye on the noodles, 45-minutes of cook time is the recommended amount. With that being said, every slow cooker is different, so be aware that they could still overcook. It’s up to you to check them every 15-minutes or so and turn off the heat once they’ve reached your desired texture.
Another close-up view of the slow cooker pasta in a bowl.
Try fresh basil or shredded Parmesan cheese as toppings for your crock pot pasta.

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Yield: 8 Servings

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Pasta

Another close-up view of the slow cooker pasta in a bowl.

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Pasta is an easy, dump and go recipe that is similar to penne alla vodka with the ease of a slow cooker!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes


  • 1 Lb. Chicken, (boneless, skinless, breasts)
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes, (optional)
  • 24.5 Ounces Marinara Sauce, (jarred or homemade)
  • 24.5 Ounces Water, (or chicken or vegetable broth)
  • 16 Ounces Penne Pasta, (or other short pasta noodle)
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream


  1. Season the chicken breasts with Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes. Place them in an even layer in the bottom of a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker, then pour in marinara sauce. Fill the empty marinara sauce jar with water, close the lid, and give it a shake. Pour the water into the slow cooker.
  2. Add the lid, and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. After that time, remove the chicken and either shred it or cut it into cubes. Return the chicken to the slow cooker along with the pasta noodles and heavy cream. Press the noodles down to ensure they are submerged in the liquid.
  3. Close the lid, adjust the setting to low heat, and cook for an additional 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how firm you like the noodles cooked. Stir occasionally to make sure the noodles are evenly cooked.
  4. Serve hot with a side salad and garlic bread. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients shown and a serving size of about 4-ounces of the slow cooker creamy chicken pasta. Actual calories will vary. Leftovers can be stored, in a sealed container, in your fridge for up to 3 days.

*The noodles can go from crunchy to soft very quickly, so check them often. 

*Adjust the seasonings to your liking.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

4 Ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 459Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 515mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 20g

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Tuesday 1st of March 2022

Hey I was just wondering can I double this recipe?


Tuesday 1st of March 2022


It turned out great! Perfect size for my big crock pot! (I started it before you responded, thought I'd take a chance!)


Tuesday 1st of March 2022

Hi James!

We haven't tried to double this recipe. However, it should be okay as long as the slow cooker will hold the volume of food required for the recipe. Our 7-quart crock pot was about halfway full after everything was cooked. Hope that helps. Have a great week!

Rachel Lee

Sunday 2nd of January 2022

How long do you think the chicken would take to cook on low? I was hoping I could start it and leave for work while it was cooking


Sunday 2nd of January 2022

Hi Rachel!

Usually about 4-6 hours depending on how hot your slow cooker cooks. Have a great evening! :)


Sunday 18th of April 2021

I made this tonight for my husband and our friends and it was such a hit!!! Very good and will be making this again. Thank you so much for the recipe!


Saturday 15th of January 2022


Would you still add the water to the crockpot?


Monday 22nd of November 2021

@Kimberly, would I be able to cook the pasta separate and add it at the end?


Sunday 18th of April 2021

Thanks so much, Melanie! We're glad everyone enjoyed the pasta. We hope you have a wonderful week! :)

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