Easy Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo is made with the jarred Alfredo sauce, so it ends up not only being a super simple recipe, but also amazingly delicious meal to make. Minimalistic in nature, this meal is great for those nights that you may not feel like cooking, but also don’t want to go the fast food route to feed your family. Put your slow cooker to use, make a yummy simple dinner, and save yourself some precious time in the process with this Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo with jar sauce recipe.
Time has been scarce around here lately, so I’ve got another super simple slow cooker recipe for you all. Just like in my Slow Cooker Spaghetti recipe (my most popular recipe of all time), this recipe also only takes about five minutes of prep and uses one “pot” so you’ll have less dishes. I call that a win/win situation and it makes it, to me, one of the best crockpot meals.
I don’t know about you, but a sink piled high with dishes is my least favorite things these days, especially as a single mom of four. So any meal that I can make that cuts down on the chore of dishes, is a meal that I plan on making as often as I can! It also doesn’t hurt that anything Pasta and Chicken are favorites with my family.
Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Ingredients List
For those of you that quickly need to check if this recipe will fit your needs or dietary restrictions, here is a list of all the ingredients I make this yummy meal with:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Boneless Chicken Breasts
- Premade Canned/Bottled/Jarred Alfredo Sauce
- Warm Water
- Penne Pasta (I use whole wheat penne, but most any pasta will do)
You can easily add Italian Seasoning, Parmesan Cheese, Garlic, Cajun Seasoning, Cream Cheese, or any other “extra’s” that you want to make this dish even tastier. You could even garnish it with Parsley.
I am simply providing a base recipe to get you started with making your life a little bit easier.
Calories In Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo
As with any recipe, the nutrition data is important to those of us that are counting calories so I here is the estimated breakdown for those of you that are wondering.
Please note that this information was provided by an app on this website and should be used as an estimate only.
This data is for this recipe making eight servings, and only counts the nutrition data for the base recipe…any additional add-ins will need to be adjusted.
Some super yummy photos of the final dish
How To Make Chicken Alfredo with jar sauce (video & recipe card):
Easy CrockPot Chicken Alfredo Recipe
Easy Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo is made with jar sauce, so it's super simple. This recipe is great for those nights that you just plain don't feel like cooking, but also don't want to go the fast food route. Put that slow cooker to use to save yourself some major time and headache.
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4-6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 1 (16.9 oz) Jar Alfredo Sauce
- 16.9 oz Warm Water (use the jar)
- 1 lb Penne Pasta
Easy Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo With Jar Sauce:
- Use the Extra Virgin Olive Oil to grease the inside of the crock pot insert (be sure to grease up the sides several inches).
- Add the Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts.
- Then add the jarred Alfredo Sauce.
- Fill the Alfredo Sauce Jar full of warm/hot water, put the lid back on tightly, give it a good shake and pour on top of the Alfredo Sauce.
- Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on LOW 6-7 hours, or HIGH 3-4 hours (I cook it a little longer when using frozen chicken, see notes.)
- When the time is up/chicken is done, remove the chicken and dice into desired size "chunks" on a cutting board.
- Add a full pound of pasta of choice, I use Whole Wheat Penne. Push the pasta down so it is below the “water line”.
- Salt and pepper the chicken to taste, mix well, then add to the slow cooker.
- Put the lid on, and continue to cook for one hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes & replacing the lid in between. (Occasionally an additional half cup of hot water is needed to keep the sauce the right consistency).
- Once pasta is fully cooked, it's ready to serve. Garnish as desired and enjoy!
If your sauce seems to be "too runny", leave the lid off (or just crack it so some of the steam can escape) for a while and stir every few minutes, this will evaporate any extra liquid.
*If the pasta hasn’t set up when the anticipated time has elapsed, you may need to add more warm/hot water (1/2 cup at a time), stir, put your lid back on and check it again in 15 minutes… this is the basics to cooking pasta in a Slow Cooker.*
This recipe is best suited for (fits in) a six or seven quart slow cooker.
If you are low on boneless chicken breasts, you can use as little as four boneless chicken breasts for this recipe. Just note that the nutritional data will change if doing so (it is calculated using 6 breasts).
You may use either fresh or frozen boneless chicken breasts when making this recipe, however, you will need to add more cook time prior to adding the pasta when using frozen (here is a good resource on how long to cook frozen chicken in a slow cooker).
You can easily make this recipe a little yummier and dress it up by adding Italian Seasoning, Parmesan Cheese, Garlic, Cajun Seasoning, Cream Cheese, or any other “extra’s” that you want to make this dish truly your own. I recommend garnishing with fresh parsley.
You may use a larger bottle of Alfredo Sauce if in a pinch, though you may need to use a little bit less water for the pasta.
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Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker | Stainless Steel (SCV700-S-BR)
Amazon Fresh Mediterranean Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2QT (2L)
Trader Joe's (Giotto's) Alfredo Pasta Sauce 16.9 Oz. (Pack of 2)
Barilla Penne Pasta, 16 oz. Box (Pack of 12) - Non-GMO Pasta Made with Durum Wheat Semolina - Italy's #1 Pasta Brand - Kosher Certified Pasta
SOSECCE Cutting Board Plastic with Juice Grooves and One-Piece Non-Slip Silicone Handles, 14 x 9.5 x 0.4 Inch Kitchen Chopping Board, Dishwasher Safe BPA Free (Black+Grey)
Amazon Brand - Happy Belly Salt and Pepper Set, 4 Ounces Salt and 1.25 Ounces Pepper
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 302Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 86mgSodium 145mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 32g
These caloric amounts are automatically estimated by a plugin on my site and should be treated as an estimate only.
FAQ’s When Making Chicken Alfredo In A Crock Pot
In this particular recipe I do not recommend going without the chicken. When chicken cooks in a slow cooker it actually gives off juices that both flavor the dish, as well as it also provides some of the moisture for the pasta.
However, if you must omit the chicken, you may be able to get by with adding some chicken stock towards the end if the noodles don’t seem to be wet enough.
Yes, you sure can turn this into Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo in the Crock Pot. However, long noodles are a little bit harder to cook in a slow cooker. To solve this issue I suggest breaking the noodles in half first (just like how I do in my CrockPot Spaghetti recipe), and then follow the rest of the directions in the recipe.
Buttered French Bread, Garlic French Bread, Bread Sticks, Dinner Rolls, or Cheese Bread are great when served with most any pasta dish.
This meal also pairs nicely with a green salad, green beans, asparagus, or steamed vegetables.
For more yummy ideas on what to pair it with, head over to pipanddebby.com to see their full list of ideas on what pairs well with Chicken Alfredo in general.
I will be the first to admit that some pre-made Alfredo Sauces out there are more than a little bit bland.
Luckily it is pretty simple to “Dr” them up and make it a bit more palatable. I suggest trying to add any of the “extra’s” that I mentioned higher up in the post (under the ingredients list).
Otherwise, I found a super helpful resource that has a more “in-depth” list of ideas over at southernhomeexpress.com, and I suggest you check there if you need more options to make that sauce taste better.
Like I said before, this Easy Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo recipe with jar sauce is SO SIMPLE and you can easily make it as tasty as you want it (I have suggestions on how to switch it up and make it as good as possible down below in the FAQ’s).
I can’t be the only parent out there that needs meal ideas for those nights that I need a break from cooking, but also doesn’t want to go the fast food route which will save you some serious money if you’re meal planning.
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*This recipe was originally shared to this blog on December 26th, 2015, and has since been updated to improve user experience, add video instruction and a free printable recipe card, as well as to make it as shareable as possible across the social medias. It will be continually updated to remain relevant and user friendly.