Creamy Italian Chicken Recipe
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Creamy Italian Chicken Recipe

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From Tallahassee, Florida, Maura McGee shares her recipe for tender chicken in a creamy sauce that gets fast flavor from salad dressing mix. Served over rice or pasta, it's rich, delicious and special enough for company.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • Hot cooked pasta or rice
  • Minced fresh oregano, optional


  1. Place the chicken in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine salad dressing mix and water; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours. Remove chicken. Cool slightly; shred meat with two forks. Return to slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and soup until blended. Stir in mushrooms. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook until chicken is tender, 1 hour longer. Serve with pasta or rice. If desired, sprinkle with oregano. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Italian Chicken in Quick Cooking November/December 1999, p35

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed May. 27, 2016

"Love this, couldn't be easier! I usually add whatever vegetables I have in the house (towards the end). Today i added a can of peas (drained) and a handful of frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed dry). I have also used broccoli (I usually boil it for a little bit first). It's always awesome!"

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"I must be the oddball judging from the high reviews for this but I followed this to a T, and it was just not good at all. First off, let me say that I could not find any brands of Italian dressing mix that did not contain sugar, and that was the first ingredient listed on the envelope. I looked at the bottled Italian salad dressing and saw all brands also have sugar. For me, the idea of mixing cream of chicken soup with any kind of seasoning mix that contains sugar just did not sound good, but I went against my instincts and decided to follow the recipe as stated with the required envelope of Italian dressing mix thinking maybe the sugar wasn't very noticeable. Bad idea, the sugar was overpowering. I ended up pitching the whole thing and using the breasts for another recipe."

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"Delicious, creamy and super easy!!! My three boys loved it as well as my 90 year old grandmother!!"

Reviewed Jul. 19, 2015

"i use bone in chicken, cook in crockpot , then pour some juice out debone & skin the chicken add soup, dressing & cream cheese. I make a cauliflower mash to go with & nice side salad, everyone loves it . Winner winner for this chicken dinner(:"

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015


Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"Wonderful flavor and very easy to prepare. Will definitely make again."

Idella Rogers
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2014

"Our family really likes this dish. I cut the chicken into bite sized pieces, so the sauce covers every bite. Been making this since it was put in the magazine years ago."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"I did not put this in the crock pot, but I did use the ingredients as listed. First I browned the chicken in oil and then added the Italian dressing mixture and let it cook for about 8 minutes. I added the cream cheese mixture and cooked for another 15 minutes covered on med-low. It was delicious, but it was a little heavy for me. That's the only reason I did not give this one 5 stars."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"I have been making this recipe for years, I just used frozen peas instead of was wonderful. Thanks for the suggestions...something old is new again. Yum."

Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"This goes into my "Guest Recipe" folder !! The only changes I made were to use 1/2 (16.oz) bottle of Italian Dressing, 1/2 package of cream cheese and cook for an additional 2 hrs. instead of 1.

Microwaving the soup and cream cheese a bit makes it easier to blend.
Simply outstanding."

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