This Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Pasta is going to seriously UP your easy dinner ideas game.
Not only is this crockpot pasta an easy dinner, but it tastes awesome, too. And, the whole family will love it!
The BEST Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Pasta
OK, guys. Do you need an easy dinner recipe that is seriously as easy as it gets and about as delicious as they come?! This crack chicken pasta is just that AND, if I were a betting girl, I'd bet that this will quickly become a go-to recipe for your family as it's not only the easiest dinner ever (no, seriously), but it's so, so, so good. It's a lot like my crack chicken sandwiches but it's a pasta.
I'm a huge fan of the crock pot. The crock pot allows me to go into the evening calmer than the nights usually are (hey, I'm just being honest). Usually I get some pretty decent sized anxiety around 4pm trying to dream of what I can whip up in an hour that my whole family will love.
And, let's be honest, the internet LOVES the flavors of crack chicken dip, crack chicken seasoning, crack chicken tenders …. well, just about crack chicken anything! And, I am sorry, I hate the name too, but because the internet loves it and I'm on the internet, I love it too. No, I wouldn't jump off a bridge if someone told me to, but I'm all about going with the trends. 😉
Anywho, here goes – my new favorite dinner – crack chicken pasta in the crock pot!
How to make this Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Pasta recipe:
Grab all of your ingredients and get them together of course – that's what every good cook does, right (I'm being totally sarcastic!) I never do this, but I'd love to be this organized, so big kudos to you if you are!
First you're going to combine all of your wet ingredients and chicken, leaving out only the pasta, cheese and bacon pieces. Combine all of these in the crock pot (this is my absolute FAVORITE crock pot here and it's on sale, whoop, whoop!!)
Cream all of these ingredients together and whip that puppy up. Let it cook on high for three hours. You're basically letting these flavors all come together and blend. You're also getting the liquid hot enough to then cook the pasta once you pop that in.
Once this has gotten up to the right temp after three hours, add the pasta. Yes, uncooked (I promise — this is what makes this magical — because then you will literally stir, and walk away) Yes — Have I mentioned how much I really really really LOVE my slow cooker? Honest to goodness. Best thing since sliced bread.
After 20 minutes, give the pasta combo a quick stir, put the cover back on, and then stir again after ten minutes or so. Give it another good stir and top with cheese and bacon pieces – And let that cheesy amazingness melt for 5 minutes or so – you're literally watching dinner be made, but not by you! Ha — LOVE it!
Next, well, enjoy! This makes enough for about 6 servings.
Is it really possible to make a crockpot pasta?
It sure is possible to make a crockpot pasta. Follow the directions I have outlined in this recipe and your crack chicken will have pasta in it. The pasta will be tender and delicious as it cooks in the slow cooker crack chicken recipe.
Print this Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Crockpot Pasta recipe:
5 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken soup
8 oz. Velveeta, cubed
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
One Packet Hidden Valley Buttermilk Recipe Ranch Dry Seasoning (found by salad dressings)
3 cups Penne/Mostaccoli Pasta (uncooked)
1 1/2 cups mild cheddar cheese
1 cup cooked bacon pieces (I used precooked Oscar Mayer)
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken Pasta
- 5 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
- 1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken soup
- 8 oz. Velveeta cubed
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- One Packet Hidden Valley Buttermilk Recipe Ranch Dry Seasoning found by salad dressings
- 3 cups Penne/Mostaccoli Pasta uncooked
- 1 1/2 cups mild cheddar cheese
- 1 cup bacon pieces I used Oscar Mayer
Cut the meat off your Rotisserie chicken and shred it or dice – you should use about 5 cups of shredded chicken
In your four quart crock pot combine your shredded chicken, ranch packet, cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, water and cubed Velveeta
Put the lid back on your crock pot and cook on high for three hours
After three hours on high, add the noodles and give it a good stir
Place the lid back on the crockpot for 20 more minutes on high
Give it another good stir and place the lid back on for ten minutes
Give it (yet another!) good stir and top with the cheese, and lastly the bacon pieces
Replace the lid and let the cheese melt for about 5 minutes
Scoop into bowls and enjoy!
Kay Thomas says
When do you add the ranch dressing mix? With the chicken and broth, cheese and water?
Jennie B says
yes … it just makes sense to me. Making it as I type for the 3rd time. LOVE IT
Lorraine Schmidt says
it’s in step 2
It’s listed in direction #2. You do add it with the chicken, broth, water and velveeta
Can you use chicken breast and throw them in the beginning?
Jessica Marinello says
Are the bacon pieces cooked or uncooked when you add them in?
When do you add the ranch packet? It doesn’t say in the recipe above!
It’s in step 2 in recipe above
You can add on the chicken before add the cheese sauces water and chicken broth. But i was looking for it as well when i first attempted recipe and added in crock pot. i think they forgot to put that it should be added when mixing everything.
I am so sorry for a really dumb question…. do you cook the chicken ahead of time them shred it? or is it raw chicken that gets cooked while in the slow cooker? Sorry I am a newbie cookie and this recipe looks so yummy and easy!
Linda Simpson says
Rotisserie chicken is what the recipe calls for & it is purchased at the grocery stores already cooked. Actually, raw chicken would be almost impossible to shred.
Jennie B says
Actually Jenn I have used Rotisserie chicken , saves time, but I have also poached chic. breasts & used that. No question is ever really silly when it comes to learning something. 65 & I still ask ” SILLY” questions LOL
Kate Sorensen says
Linda Simpson says
I would add the ranch dressing when you add the pasta.
Can you substitute another cheese for the Velveeta? My hubby can’t have Velveeta.
Other crack chicken recipes I have seen have cream cheese. I am going to make it with that instead of velveta
Great idea! I wanna try that too next time.
Diane Tanguay says
The video shows that you add the Ranch dressing seasoning when you mix the chicken, broth, soup and cheese together
Making this now! Thanks! Wanted to add that you forgot to add the ranch packet in to the directions though it’s only on the recipe list.
What size cream of chicken soup? 10.5 oz (small) or 22.5 (large)
I would like to know what size soup also.
Usually recipes use the normal size can soups unless specified, go with the 10.5oz can.
bill pierce says
throw breast in pot water, salt, little pepper, TBS oil or so few minutes you got shredded chicken
Has anyone tried this?! And does the author of the recipe ever respond?!
HAS ANYONE MADE THIS? IF SO HOW DID IT TURN OUT?
Wow! yummy recipe we could enjoy this any time. Whenever we are hungry especially in midnight we can make it easily. I suggested this blog to my wife that she read and understand it and make this yummy pasta. She ordered many foods with discount coupons via online sites. But thanks to you now I think she can make this pasta easily at home.
Is there an option for a 6-8hr crock pot recipe?
Virginia M Monson says
For a 6-8 hr version I am going to try using raw chicken breast. Cut the chicken up in chunks & continue with reciepe as stated except cook on low. Turn to high when you add the noodles. Or I might consider boiling the noodles separate & mix into sauce, then add cheese & bacon on top and cook the additional 20 minutes.
velveeta! Yuk! Use real cheddar cheese. I like sharp cheddar. Better for you.
tom hublit says
Where is nutrition information please? I don’t see a link. Thanks!
What exactly is “crack”? I’ve never heard of crack chicken or crack dip.
Kate Sorensen says
Sadly, it’s an internet/recipe term for cheese, ranch and bacon in a recipe all together. Don’t shoot the messenger…
Sally Shears says
When do you add water? it isn’t listed
Kate Sorensen says
Hi Sally, water is added in step 2.
I hope that helps,
Where is the nutrition info? I can’t seem to find it! Thanks
Made it for tonight’s dinner. It was a big hit. Family loved it.
Could i use the shredded chicken in cans
Is there a possibility of using anything besides cream of chicken soup? I have to make everything gluten free. Would a white sauce work?