Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti (with cream cheese)

This creamy chicken spaghetti is a great option to toss into your crockpot for a quick dinner on a busy day! The white sauce, noodles and shredded chicken are a great option for toddlers as well, because everything is soft and mild tasting, not to mention hearty and delicious for adults! This recipe uses freshly diced tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes with green chiles (Rotel), but feel free to switch the fresh tomatoes for Rotel if you prefer the green chile flavor added to the white chicken spaghetti. If you love slow cooker comfort foods, be sure to give my Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta, Creamy Beef and Shells, Amish Country Casserole or Amish Golden Stew a try!

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Crockpot chicken spaghetti with cream cheese (no Rotel)

Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti (with cream cheese)

marilynpeight
A hearty slow cooker comfort food that brings chicken, tomatoes and spaghetti together in a creamy and cheesy white sauce. Perfect for a quick family dinner on a busy day!
2.58 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Slow cooker (linked below)
  • Saucepan (linked below)
  • Whisk (linked below)
  • Stainless steel measuring cups (linked below)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2-2 lb. chicken breast 1 extra large or two small breasts
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup freshly diced tomatoes can use 10 oz. canned tomatoes with green chiles (Rotel), drained.
  • 10.5 oz. cream of mushroom soup
  • 10.5 oz. cream of chicken soup
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

To add later:

  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. cooked spaghetti noodles

Instructions
 

  • Place the chicken breast/s in the bottom of a 5-7 quart slow cooker. Add the chicken broth, seasonings and diced tomatoes, then top with cream of soups, ensuring the chicken breasts are covered in soup.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove the breast/s from the crockpot and shred with a fork. Return the chicken to the crockpot and then add cubed cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese. Return the lid onto the crockpot and continue cooking on low for another 20-30 minutes until the cheeses have softened enough to be stirred into the sauce.
  • Add the cooked spaghetti and stir well to combine with the chicken and sauce. Allow to cool, then serve and enjoy! *Note: This chicken spaghetti will thicken a good bit as it cools, you may wish to add another 1/2-1 cup of pasta water or milk to the sauce. Add just enough liquid to thin the sauce to your preference.

Notes

For additional flavor, try adding 1/2 packet of Ranch dressing mix to the chicken spaghetti. Also very good! 
Add salt and pepper sparingly (to taste) until you reach the amount of seasoning that is just right for you and yours. 
Additional notes and step by step photos below. 
Keyword Crockpot chicken spaghetti, with cream cheese, no Rotel, with fresh tomatoes
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Equipment needed for this crockpot chicken spaghetti with cream cheese:

  • Slow cooker I prefer to use my 7 quart slow cooker for this chicken spaghetti, because once the spaghetti is added it makes a large amount. I have also used a 4 quart crockpot for this recipe and it worked fine, but was a little on the small side. Ideally, a 5-7 quart crockpot are the slow cooker sizes to aim for unless you wish to cut the recipe in half and use a 3 quart crockpot.
  • Saucepan A large sauce pan or stockpot is needed to cook the spaghetti before adding it to the chicken and sauce in the crockpot.
  • Whisk A whisk is useful for stirring the cheeses into the sauce in the crockpot, once the cheeses have softened enough to be stirred in.
  • Measuring cups You will need a measuring cup to measure out the chicken broth, tomatoes, and shredded cheddar cheese needed for this chicken spaghetti recipe.

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Ingredients needed for this slow cooker chicken spaghetti: Cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, spaghetti, chicken broth, cream cheese, chicken breast, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, diced tomato, salt and pepper (not shown) and shredded cheddar cheese. *Milk may be needed to thin the sauce.

Step 1: Place the chicken breast/s in the bottom of a 5-7 quart slow cooker. Add the chicken broth, seasonings and diced tomatoes, then top with cream of soups, ensuring the chicken breasts are covered in soup.

Step 2: Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove the breast/s from the crockpot and shred with a fork. Return the chicken to the crockpot and then add cubed cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese. Return the lid onto the crockpot and continue cooking on low for another 20-30 minutes until the cheeses have softened enough to be stirred into the sauce.

How do I know if my chicken is cooked through properly?

In my 7 quart crockpot, a large chicken breast (thawed completely) will be cooked through in 3.5-4 hours. Smaller crockpots can take a little longer to cook chicken breasts through, but I would still recommend checking your chicken breasts around the 3.5-4 hour mark. Using a meat thermometer is the best way to check if a chicken breast is cooked through (165 degrees F.). A fully cooked chicken breast should shred easily with a fork and has a white interior without any pinkness.

Step 3: Add the cooked spaghetti and stir well to combine with the chicken and sauce. Allow to cool, then serve and enjoy!

Help! My chicken spaghetti is too thick!

If this chicken spaghetti sits for longer than ten minutes before it is served, it will thicken up a bit. I have a tendency for cooking my food too early before my husband comes home for dinner, plus we like our pasta extra saucy, so I have added up to an extra cup of liquid (milk) to reduce the sauce. Adding a little milk works beautifully to make the sauce loosen up back to its original consistency. If you plan to reheat the pasta, you may also wish to add milk or a little water to help the sauce loosen back up.

Storage notes for this crockpot chicken spaghetti:

This chicken spaghetti is a great freezer meal option! The cooked chicken spaghetti can be placed into airtight containers or glass dishes with sealable lids, then frozen for up to 3 months. You can also keep leftover chicken spaghetti in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Be sure to keep any leftovers chilled and not left at room temperature for more than an hour.

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