Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken

Cozycakes Cottage: Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken

There are about 2 days every week when I need big time simplicity for dinner or we’re going to spend money eating out.  I’d rather stay in for many reasons.  While there are dozens of creamy chicken variations and I’m sure lots of you have tried this one, I’m posting it anyway.  One of my main goals at Cozycakes Cottage is to share easy meals with you in an attempt to help you out when you’re out of time and energy.  So I’m going to add this to my recipe index.

Cozycakes Cottage: Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken

While I prefer homemade cream of chicken for health reasons, I always have a couple of cans of cream of chicken on hand because, to be honest, some days I just don’t want to make the homemade.  Maybe I’m lazy, maybe I’m tired, maybe I just don’t wanna.  Also, we enjoy it in this dish and it makes it that much easier to throw together.  I usually get a hater comment when I share a recipe that uses cream of chicken soup.  Hate somewhere else, please.  Make choices that work for you and let’s move on.  I think you can serve this with pasta, but we only eat it over rice.  Add veggies on the side and enjoy!  ♥

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 3 chicken breasts (I use small to medium-sized breasts. If you use large breasts then I'd recommend using 2 cans of cream of chicken or equal amount of homemade cream of chicken.)
  • 1 packet dry Italian dressing
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup OR equal amount of homemade cream of chicken (you can use more than 1 can, but I usually just use one since we're a small family)
  • dried parsley, optional
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • cooked brown rice
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in your slow cooker. Sprinkle the Italian dressing evenly over chicken. In a small saucepan, cook the cream cheese and soup over low heat until cream cheese is completely incorporated and mixture is smooth. Pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. My slow cooker cooks this on low for 4 hours without drying out the chicken. Check yours before the 4 hour mark to be sure it isn't overcooking. Shred chicken (I do it right in the slow cooker) and stir. You might prefer to dice the chicken. We prefer it slightly shredded and served over brown rice. Top with freshly ground black pepper and a sprinkling of dried parsley if you like.

 

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74 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken

  1. No hate going on here, a can of soup some veggies and meat, chicken, ground beef or even what was left over from last night served over brown or wild rice, becomes a nice hot supper vs cold sandwiches. Some days you feel like a gourmet and some days you don’t.

    1. You got it right! 🙂 Thank you for that comment. Exactly–a nice hot supper when you just need a quick comfort meal. Have a wonderful weekend, LadyMichigan!

  2. Fabulous dish! My kids love it and you can even substitute cream of mushroom, cream of celery or cream of asparagus for the cream of chicken soup….yummy!

    1. I like it with cream of mushroom, too! I’ve never had cream of celery or asparagus, but I bet those are easy ones to cook up with the summer bounty of fresh veggies, too! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! ~Danielle

      1. I have used celery soup and really liked it…..more of a hot chicken salad taste. Used chopped celery and onion that I sautéed first. Yummy!

  3. That sounds so good but my husband cannot digest cream cheese. Do you know what could be used in place of cream cheese?

    1. Hi Tonya!
      I would recommend eliminating the cream cheese (obviously-LOL) and using extra cream of chicken (another can or equal amount of homemade). Then I’d also suggest adding about 1/2 a cup of sour cream (can your husband digest it?) in the last half hour of cooking. You don’t want to add that in the beginning because it’ll curdle on you. I make an oven casserole with similar ingredients that turns out well. Slightly different taste than this one, but I think should be a-okay! 🙂 Hope this helps. ~Danielle

  4. What about sour cream or even Greek yogurt vs the cream cheese? I also like chicken seasoned with thyme vs the Italian dressing. I think anything goes here as long as you don’t overcook and dry out the chicken

    1. I agree, Anne. I’d add those in later in the cooking just to be sure the sour cream doesn’t take on a curdled effect. I like thyme as well. 🙂 A versatile dish indeed! Thank you for stopping by. ~Danielle

  5. Dear Mrs. Cakes: This looks absolutely delicious. And I agree totally with your thinking…sometimes it’s about getting a hot delicious meal on the table, and being at home with your hubby rather than fussing for hours or spending money to eat out. This looks like a variation of recipes I’ve made before, but hey! It’s always nice to be reminded of an old, easy favorite. Thank you!

    1. Hi there, Cathy! Thank you so much and you’re so welcome. I’m glad you popped over for a little visit. Often the oldies are the real comforting goodies, aren’t they? 🙂

    1. Hi JoAnne! I’m a bit bedridden at this moment so I’m unable to go downstairs to grab my scribbled recipe, but I essentially use the recipe you can find at this link: http://www.tammysrecipes.com/homemade_cream_chicken_soup , adding my own slight variations and on-the-fly-use-what-I-have-ingredients. 🙂 I hope this helps! I’ll post my own version soon, but again, it’s pretty much the recipe you’d find at that link. Thank you for stopping in! ~Danielle

      1. Thank you for the link for the homemade cream of chicken soup recipe. I can see this being a great recipe to can in the cooler months (when the garden is not needing attention.) And I look forward to using the Thanksgiving turkey broth to make cream of turkey which would make delicious turkey and noodles! Yum!

        1. You’re welcome! Oh yum, cream of turkey–what a great idea, why didn’t I think of that? 🙂 Mmmm, turkey and noodles. Now I’m hungry! Have a great weekend, Jo Anne!

    1. Hi there, the chicken does not come out dry for me, but then that also depends on your own slow cooker and size as they all vary (and not over cooking them). I have certainly had dry slow cooker chicken results before. 🙂 Yes, this is good with thighs, too! Hope you enjoy and thank you so much for stopping by. ~Danielle

  6. Stirred in about a cup of Plain Greek yogurt in the soup mixture. I added a pinch of nutmeg then stirred in a bag of frozen spinach after I shredded the chicken. Cooked another 30 min then served over quinoa. Was delish and a great way to sneak in some greens and protein from the quinoa and Greek yogurt!

    1. Carrie, that sounds awesome! I’m definitely going to try your additions and tweaks. We love quinoa and I always have spinach and Greek yogurt on hand. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Hi! Certainly–I would add that a couple hours into cooking since it shouldn’t take as long, but suggest doing what you think is best for your slow cooker. 🙂 I’ve added different veggies to this and it always turns out. Thanks for stopping in!

    1. I haven’t made it for that many, but you should be able to simply double this recipe to do so. Depending on how it looks, you might also do 3 cans cream of chicken or equivalent amount of homemade cream of chicken for that many. While you’re mixing it up in the saucepan, you can determine if it needs more soup then and add more soup. Hope this helps! Thanks so much for stopping by.

    1. I don’t use frozen meat in my slow cooker because I’m too worried about it, but I’d think cook on high first and then turn to low for longer. But, again, since I don’t use the frozen, I can’t be sure.

    1. I do not. But you probably could add a bit if you like. We like it without additional water. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  7. This looks pretty tasty! Maybe it could be switched up a little and use a little curry powder instead of the italian dressing mix?

  8. Thanks so much for posting! We always make the version in the oven that is topped with Ritz crackers. I just threw this into my crock pot about 20 minutes ago. Used two cans of the Cream of Chicken w/ Herbs, and added fresh garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, and onion powder to the sauce before pouring it over the chicken breasts. We will be adding carrots in a few hours – they’re carrot chips. About how long do those take to cook in the crock pot? Thanks so much! Serving it with wild rice and homemade bread! Yum!

    1. Hi Sydney! Thank you for commenting and stopping in! I also do a garlicky version as well sometimes. 🙂 I do add veggies to this when I want it to be nearly a complete meal and when I do sliced carrot chunks, I add them in the last 2 hours without any issue and without them being mushy. The chips (the thinly sliced ones?) would probably do well in the last couple of hours as well depending on your slow cooker. I’d poke them down into the liquid. 😉 Enjoy!

  9. This dish was so good! My husband doesn’t really like chicken (ate WAY too much growing up) but he even thought it looked good when I showed him the picture. So…I made it today & we all LOVED it! Ate it up & he’s taking left overs for lunch tomorrow as is my step daughter! We ate it over wild rice! This one’s a keeper!

    1. Hurray! Thank you for sharing that it worked for you all (especially your too-much-chicken husband!)! We just ate this last night, too! 🙂 Will have to try with wild rice, too. Thank you for trying it and stopping by. Have a great season!

  10. Here’s another ringing endorsement for this recipe. I made it as written and loved it. I substituted Neufchatel cream cheese and “healthy” cream of chicken soup (cut those calories where I can) and it was delicious. I look forward to exploring different variations, plus adding veggies to make it even healthier.

  11. I think I’ll have to try making this, to work more protein into my lunches/dinners at work! Sounds yummy. Just throw some veggies and rice together and voila!

  12. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! I added some parmesan cheese and chicken broth to the crockpot for the last 20 minutes or so (while I made some rice and veggies). This was so good! My 5 year old son had 3 helpings! This will definitely be something I make again, but I will have to at least double it! 🙂

    1. Hi Shannon! Very happy you and your son enjoyed it! I like your additions. mmm 🙂 Thanks for coming by to let me know how it worked for you!

  13. Great Recipe! I’m actually starting it now and I was wondering would it ruin the recipe or dry out the chicken if I cooked it on high for 2 hours instead of on low for 4 hours?

    1. Joya, I actually cook it often on high for about 3 hours. As long as you check it and make sure it doesn’t overcook, you should be fine. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Disclaimer: I am not a good or experienced cook. Can I use frozen chicken breasts and just cook longer? Or must I make sure the breasts are thawed before putting them in the slow cooker?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Erika,
      I apologize for the delay in my response. Yes, you can certainly use frozen chicken breasts. 🙂 I don’t, but I know many people do. I know that some suggest cooking frozen on high for at least the first couple of hours. I hope this helps! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. ~Danielle

  15. Looks great! I have a few o those nights, each week, myself. More than I would like. Have been really working hard at not eating out. It is too expensive for our family of 6, plus our choices in north central Montana are mediocre at best. Thanks for the post! Will try it this week.

  16. Hi Cozycakes, I have been making this for years minus the cream cheese and it is delicious. I also fix a box of Stove Top Stuffing (Don’t hate) and put that soup/gravy on top and it is heaven.

    1. Hi Joann, no hate from me! 🙂 Sometimes you just need things like Stove Top and “cream of” soup! I sometimes exclude or decrease the amount of cream cheese, too. Thanks for stopping by!

  17. This looks fantastic. I’ve refrained from using cream of anything over the 10 years I’ve been married with kids. My mother used it on so much and it Freaked. Me. Out. Anyhow, I am finally starting to accept that it can make things like pot roast and creamy chicken easy and tasty. Family of 6 with a picky husband and 6 year old. Hoping this will make everyone happy. On my meal plan for Thursday with rolls and a salad. Thank you 😘

    1. Hi Nik! I hope you enjoyed it. I often make my own “cream of” soups for the same reason. But now and then I figure we will be okay if I need the quick meal help. Thanks so much for stopping by! ~Danielle

      1. So I doubled it (family of 6) and added some spinach (as another mentioned) plus some diced carrot towards the end. It was very good, all 4 kids ate it without complaint! A difficult task! Husband enjoyed as well, but is attempting to lose some weight so didn’t each much. Its on my menu plan for next week and into permanent rotation. Now to try the homemade cream of “blank” soups. Thanks!

  18. Sounds great!!!! I have a question though on the ingredients. When you list the chicken, it shows 2 cans soup and then a couple lines down, it shows another can of soup. Where do you use this one? That would be 3 cans of soup total. Is this a misprint? Thanks so much!!!

      1. Hi Terri! Was just replying to you, but glad you saw what I meant. 😊 Thanks for stopping by! Good luck and enjoy!

  19. Hey girl, I tried this with one can cream chicken and one can cream of celery , that’s what I had. Since I was in a hurry and had a bag of frozen peas and carrot to toss in, I did, and it was yummy. I shared with a neighbor who’s just had surgery. ..she said her husband wants her to get the recipe. Please keep up what you do….thanks,
    Kimmie

    1. Kimmie, that was so nice to read. Thrilled it worked out for you and your neighbor. And I appreciate the kind note. I hope to be back to blogging recipes and such very soon. This kind of feedback is a wonderful push to do so. Much appreciated. Take care! ~Danielle

  20. My 4 year old is OBSESSED with your creamy chicken recipe! We like ours extra saucy, so I use some low sodium chicken stock in when cooking the cream cheese/cream of chicken. So good! Any time we crave a comfort food, this is our go-to. 😊

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