Crock pot chicken rotini pasta is a hearty, flavorful dish that uses simple ingredients to create a creamy, delicious dish that’s loaded with zesty flavor, not work.
When I was a girl, my mom used her crock pot all the time. I thought it was funny that with so many things in the kitchen, she always opted for that brown plug-in machine. When I got older and left home, I discovered that it was so convenient to prepare something in the morning and then let it cook while I was at school or work.
While it made life easier then, it wasn’t until I had kids that I really began to appreciate just exactly why my mother loved the crock pot so much. It saves so much time! For years, I used the crock pot to make delicious, hearty dishes to feed the entire family without having to do much work, and that’s exactly why I love this crock pot chicken pasta so much. It delivers big flavor and a big amount of food without a big amount of work!
Chicken Rotini Pasta
This delicious recipe combines white meat chicken breasts, cream cheese, cheese, ranch seasoning, onions, and pasta to create a rich, creamy dish that always satisfies everyone. The creamy cheesiness is enough to satisfy even the biggest eaters, and because the entire thing is made in the crock pot the only real time it takes to make it is the limited amount of prep work it takes. You can’t beat it!
Why You’ll Love This Chicken Pasta Recipe
- It’s rich, creamy, and full of cheese, chicken, and perfectly cooked pasta.
- It is made in the crock pot and takes almost no effort whatsoever to make it.
- It’s an easy dish for family meals that’s just as delicious the next day.
Crock Pot Chicken Rotini Pasta Tips and Variations
As you might have noticed recently, I’m bringing you a lot of super-easy recipes, and this one is no different. Because it’s so easy, there are almost no tips for this one. In fact, I only have two. I do, however, have some great variations you can try.
- Always spray your crock pot with nonstick spray, so none of that cheesy goodness sticks to the interior.
- Never put your noodles in this dish at the beginning of the cooking process. They’ll cook way too long and turn into mush.
- Add diced jalapenos for a kick of heat.
- Omit the ranch seasoning and add a can of drained Rotel and diced jalapenos or chilies for a southwestern version.
- Add ham in place of chicken for a delicious breakfast dish.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about this delicious recipe.
Why do you have to spray a crock pot with nonstick spray?
While slow cookers are designed to be nonstick, that’s not always the case. Foods can and do stick to them, especially if they’re loaded with cheese. Always spray your crock pot just to be safe.
What is rotini pasta good in?
Rotini pasta shines in bakes and other dishes when drenching the noodles is desired. Their screw-like shape holds on to the sauce for a tasty bite every time.
Can I use other noodles?
Absolutely. Any short noodle will work. Just don’t try breaking up spaghetti or another thin noodle. They’ll overcook and disintegrate.
What’s the best way to shred chicken?
Shredding chicken is easiest when the chicken is warm or hot and shredding claws or forks are used.
How long will chicken and pasta last in the refrigerator?
This will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Can you freeze crock pot chicken pasta?
You sure can. It will freeze well for up to 3 months.
How to Store and Reheat Leftover Chicken Pasta
You can store this dish in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. For longer storage, place it in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
To reheat it, put it back in the crock pot on low until heated through.
Chicken Rotini Pasta Ingredients
It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this dish. You’ll find them all easily at your local grocery store.
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Yellow onion, diced
- Dry ranch seasoning
- Black pepper
- Chicken broth
- Cream cheese
- Rotini pasta noodles
- Mozzarella cheese, shredded
How to Make Chicken Rotini Pasta in the Crock Pot
Making this dish couldn’t be easier. It only takes a few minutes of prep and then letting the slow cooker do its thing.
Step 1: Prep
Spray a 6 to 8-quart crock pot with nonstick cooking spray.
Step 2: Add the Ingredients and Cook
Add all the ingredients except for the pasta and shredded cheese. Then, cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
Step 3: Shred the Chicken
Remove the chicken from the crock pot and use shredding claws or two forks to shred the chicken. Then place it back in the crock pot.
Step 4: Finish the Dish
Add the noodles to the crock pot and continue cooking for an hour until they’re tender. Then, add the mozzarella cheese, stir, and enjoy.
Try This Easy Crock Pot Chicken Pasta Recipe Today
This delicious crock pot chicken rotini pasta is super easy to make, rich, creamy, and so cheesy. It’s loaded with flavor, and it takes almost no time at all to make. With that combo, you need to give this one a try. It’s the perfect dish for family dinners or parties. Give it a try, and I know you’ll find yourself making it again and again.
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Crock Pot Chicken Rotini Pasta
- Lightly spray a 6-8 quart crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.
- Add all ingredients except pasta and shredded cheese into a crock pot.
- Cook on high for 3 hours. Shred the chicken and return to the crock pot.
- Add rotini noodles and let cook for an hour or until pasta is tender, then add mozzarella cheese. Stir and enjoy!
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