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Creamy Italian Chicken Recipe

Creamy Italian Chicken Recipe

Italian salad dressing mix is like a secret weapon for adding flavor to this creamy chicken dish. Served over rice or pasta, it's rich, delicious and special enough for company. —Maura McGee, Tallahassee, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD: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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without pasta): 473 calories, 29g fat (14g saturated fat), 158mg cholesterol, 1556mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 40g protein.

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Adamscooking User ID: 7060631 268006
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2017

"My wife couldn't stop raving about this dish. My family really enjoyed it. Thank you!"

ryanswife User ID: 2152282 260700
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2017

"My husband and I loved this recipe. easy and very tasty. chicken was very tender."

Dinah66 User ID: 4558177 254329
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"Very tasty. Very easy. At the end of 3 hours I removed the chicken. After mixing the cream cheese, soup and mushrooms in a bowl until very smooth , I slowly added the broth left in the crockpot to the soup mixture until that was very smooth. Then I returned the chicken to the crockpot and poured the mixture over to finish the cooking for the last hour. Oh so smooth and creamy and yummy!"

sandym123ben User ID: 7318935 253467
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2016

"My family loves this. I have made it many times.It never gets old. I have it in the crock-pot now. can't wait"

karen53a User ID: 8870009 248694
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!"

kc000 User ID: 2815746 245148
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."

[email protected] User ID: 5171315 230184
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

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

kiddermary User ID: 1602824 229818
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(:"

ahmom User ID: 3426126 217456
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015


DRSchmitgall User ID: 2724529 71260
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

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

Idella Rogers User ID: 1675298 89186
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."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 73222
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."

kredhead User ID: 710648 62383
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."

lb303910 User ID: 816898 82381
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."

aromagik User ID: 7155845 203362
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013


JLuv78 User ID: 7063310 21887
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"This is the best creamy chicken I've ever made! Delicious!"

sillysellie33 User ID: 5558680 36554
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

"awesome , i really didnt think the soup & cream cheese was taste good but this was a very delicous meal i will definatly make again"

BrandiRN User ID: 6681187 28445
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"My family LOVES this recipe and it's easy to make."

sugarmags User ID: 4740119 71105
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2012

"So very easy! I added some frozen peas and some pepper for an added kick. Delicious!"

lazyjcafe User ID: 1762141 50774
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"This is a family favorite, we have been making it for a few years now. I usually serve with peas. So convenient, using items I always have on hand. I have shared this recipe with several friends and we all LOVE it!!"

best of home cooks User ID: 5361390 50772
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"loved it, have fixed it several times."

marilyn37 User ID: 5875541 21883
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"This is a family favorite at my house! I double the recipe whenever I make it. I cut the chicken breasts into smaller strips or buy the chicken breast's easier to serve and goes farther."

christinem0616 User ID: 5343692 75289
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"I will definitely make this again! The whole family loved it! I added some garlic powder and onion powder. DELICIOUS!"

mlichten User ID: 5765916 73217
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"Love this! So easy to make and tastes great! It a nice crock pot recipe t0 put on later in day -incase you realize it is noon and you haven't thought of dinner yet!! I usually serve it with broccoli. I leave out the mushrooms. I also double the recipe so we have leftovers for the next day. My 9 year olds favorite dish! He askes for it weekly :)"

jenniriley User ID: 525384 21881
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"My family really enjoyed this dish. I can't have dairy, so I took out my piece of chicken after it cooked for 3 hours and then added some Tofutti dairy-free cream cheese. I used fresh mushrooms that were grilled the night before and seved it over rice with sugar snap peas. Delicious!"

ldeedrick User ID: 4777764 71104
Reviewed May. 27, 2011

"it's good with bow tie pasta"

Punkinsmom User ID: 78774 30641
Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"This is a very easy recipe that's good for company. I take the chicken out when I add the cream cheese mixture, cut it up and let it warm through. I seem to recall a version of this recipe that was published years ago that included sliced black olives. I put those in sometimes, too."

Punkinsmom User ID: 78774 25931
Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"This is a very easy recipe that's good for company. I take the chicken out when I add the cream cheese mixture, cut it up and let it warm through. I seem to recall a version of this recipe that was published years ago that included sliced black olives. I put those in sometimes, too."

rubyslippers1968 User ID: 5126800 28444
Reviewed May. 14, 2011

"easy and delicious!!! Even the kids loved it."

mam2388 User ID: 5542117 82380
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2011

"I make this a lot at my house - delicious and creamy. I usually make it with reduced-fat cream cheese and don't miss the taste of the full fat."

jicook13 User ID: 5843439 62356
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"i love this recipe and just to give it a little kick i use the zesty italian dressing mix and a dash of red pepper flakes"

Flenner User ID: 2160342 50771
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"Great recipe! So easy. I used fresh mushrooms I will be making this again soon but need to find a less salty Italian dressing mix"

keroom User ID: 4475741 61817
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"So simple and delicious. You could do alot of things with this one simple recipe. We loved it!"

Sprowl User ID: 29186 30640
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"A winner!"

Karinareno User ID: 3410927 30639
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2010

"My husband loves this recipe! It is so simple and easy to make."

Sunshine1984 User ID: 5297683 61753
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2010

"This is my favorite slow cooker recipe ever!! Everyone who tries this chicken LOVES it!"

Crisi User ID: 5022591 71103
Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"This recipe is FABULOUS!! My whole family loves it. I have made it twice in less than a month. I took left overs to work and had to make copies of the recipe for several co-workers! Already a family favorite."

jdhart5 User ID: 2812644 26949
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"Delicious! College son stopped home for dinner and said he couldn't have picked a better night. Would definately make it again and would definately make it for company."

jernstberger User ID: 4542825 82378
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"so easy and simple to make--a definite repeat"

polarbear6233 User ID: 4465555 82376
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2010

"A really good addition is to add frozen peas with the sauce!"

therchler User ID: 1729952 82374
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"awesome. used homemade italian salad dressing mix to cook chicken in and served over brown rice."

kimbrookejay User ID: 3868731 82372
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2010

"This is sooooo good! I made this for my dad's birthday and trusted the reviews. So glad I did. Everyone was impressed and wanted the recipe. They all went back for seconds even my super picky eight year old! I also have made this on the stove top and it was just as yummy! I cooked breasts first in fry pan w/half of italian mix, removed, and then mixed the rest of the ingredients in pan w/remaining itailian mix, and added the chicken back in(sliced), simmered for about 15 or so min. Served over noodles. Can't go wrong."

yjanney User ID: 4738737 82299
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"We LOVE this recipe! Except I like to use a mix of frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrots along with the mushrooms and I usually serve over brown rice. The chicken gets so tender!"

Dawn0007 User ID: 4399719 30634
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"This was so easy and tasted perfect. I doubled the recipe and froze the left over. This is a keeper and I will make this more often. It is very rich and filling."

jennhumiston User ID: 4506473 61555
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"My whole family enjoyed this one. I am going to try adding the roasted red peppers as suggested. I think the added zip would be great. Very easy. I also leave off the mushrooms."

Nlheitzman User ID: 2707252 30627
Reviewed May. 27, 2009

"This was very, very good. I cut up the chicken in bite size pieces and used penne noodles and mixed it all together in the slow cooker. It was excellent!"

automobile User ID: 3914986 71102
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2009

"This was great I added a jar of roasted italian red peppers. Added a little zip and some lively color."

sarah richardson User ID: 1903153 61554
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2009

"We used this recipe for a banquet at our congregation. There were so many compliments on how tender the chicken was and a lot of requests for the recipe. Excellent and so easy.


5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 203361
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2009

"I made this last night and it was good! My two year old twins devoured it and they don't eat much. This recipe is a winner just for that fact. All the kids did like it so it is a family friendly meal. I served this over noodles. I did use fat free cream cheese with 98% fat free cream of chicken soup. I don't know if this changed the flavor or texture from the original recipe but we like it enough that we will be making this again. Thanks."

lazyjcafe User ID: 1762141 30624
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2009 Edited Sep. 6, 2010

"This is one of my family's favorite dinners and I love the ease of using my slow cooker. I omit the mushrooms because my family doesn't like them. The chicken always turns out creamy and tender. Great recipe!"

annieb314 User ID: 1061317 61536
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2008

"This is really delicious. The chicken is moist and flavorful. I usually serve it with noodles."

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