This Italian cream cheese chicken is one of the easiest recipes that you can make this week! It's so creamy and delicious, it'll have even your pickiest eaters begging for more.

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Looking for a super easy and versatile weeknight dinner that the whole family will love? Oh, and did we mention that the leftovers are ah-maz-ing?! Boy, did you come to the right place!

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This Italian cream cheese chicken recipe is so easy to make. Not only that, it can be prepared in several ways – so you can choose what works for you and your day! Alright, enough blabbing! Let's get to that easy peasy recipe.



When I first started making this Italian Cream Cheese Chicken back in college (heck yeah! It's that easy even a college student can make it), I would just throw it in the crockpot and let it cook while I went about my day! Easy peasy…

Then one day I forgot to get the crockpot going and didn't realize until dinner time rolled around. Fortunately I had a bunch of shredded chicken in the freezer and realized I could easily make this meal in the time it takes to cook a pot of rice! BAM! How versatile is that!?!


HOW TO PREPARE CREAM CHEESE CHICKEN

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This recipe calls for 2-3 uncooked chicken breasts. If you don't have the time to cook it fresh, feel free to simplify the recipe by using a rotisserie chicken or 2-3 cups of shredded chicken. This is my favorite way to pre-cook multiple chicken breasts to keep them tender and juicy.

In a hurry? No problem, let your Instant Pot do the cooking for you! Check out how we prepare a giant batch of shredded chicken in the instant pot so we always have delicious chicken on-hand to toss into a recipe. Simply add all of the ingredients to your Instant Pot and cook on the poultry or meat setting. So simple and so delicious!

If you don't have an Instant Pot but still don't feel like cooking your cream cheese chicken in the pan, don't worry! Grab your Crock Pot, add all of the ingredients, and cook until chicken is done. Cook on low heat for about 5-6 hours or high heat for about 4 hours.


WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS DELISH RECIPE

This delicious recipe is so creamy and makes a sauce of its own. Try serving it over a bed of rice (leftover is great!), noodles, or mashed potatoes. Just make sure that you time it right so that it's ready when your cream cheese chicken is. We always like to have a side salad with ours, but green beans, broccoli, and corn all go well with it, too!


EASY SUBSTITUTIONS FOR ITALIAN CREAM CHEESE CHICKEN

We've all been there. Dinner time rolls around and you suddenly realize you're missing one of the key ingredients for your meal. Hey, it happens! The good news, though, is it's SO easy to make swaps with this versatile recipe. Here are a few substitutes to try:

  • Chicken – All out of chicken breasts? Use thighs instead, or turkey! Both are just as delicious.
  • Cream Cheese – If you're running low on cream cheese, you can use sour cream or Greek Yogurt in its place.
  • Cream of Chicken Soup – No cream of chicken soup in the pantry? No problemo! Try cream of mushroom if you're short on time, or whip up your own batch of super easy, homemade cream of chicken.
  • Italian Dressing – You have two options here! Either sub in a packet of dry ranch seasoning, or you can use half a bottle of Italian dressing. If you choose the bottle route, we recommend cooking in the slow cooker to allow the extra moisture to evaporate.

You can't go wrong with any of these switcheroos! The end result will be the same–a tasty, filling meal with minimal effort. What, what?!


THIS ITALIAN CREAM CHEESE CHICKEN RECIPE IS SO EASY

Alright, so are you ready to start cooking your new favorite chicken recipe? Grab these ingredients and get to it!

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Italian Cream Cheese Chicken Recipe

This creamy chicken recipe is so easy and so delicious! Serve it over rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes and watch your family gobble it up.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup butter
  • 2-3 chicken breasts
  • 1-2 Italian dressing seasoning packets
  • 2-3 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 8 oz cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 can sweet kernel corn, optional

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in pan over low-medium heat.
  • Add chicken breasts to pan and pour Italian dressing packets on top.
  • Cook chicken until done in the middle.
  • Add soup and cream cheese. Heat until melted.
  • Add milk or water if the sauce is too thick.
  • Serve over warm rice.

Notes

FOR THE SLOW COOKER:
  1. Add chicken to a slow cooker. Cook on high until chicken is done and no longer pink, about 4-6 hours. 
  2. Add seasoning packet, soup, cream cheese, corn, and butter. Cook until heated through, chicken shreds, and flavors are incorporated throughout.
  3. Optional: Add milk or water if the sauce is too thick.
Keyword use leftovers, versatile

Oh, you've got a little drool on your chin that you might need to wipe off! 😉


HOW TO USE & STORE YOUR LEFTOVERS

There's just one thing we forgot to mention. This recipe makes the BEST leftovers! It's really good reheated as it is, but it's also amazing when you turn it into a soup. Yum! Here are three more creative ways to repurpose your leftovers:

  • Create a Casserole – Slice up and sautee some mushrooms, and steam some broccoli. Toss it into a casserole dish along with the chicken, top with cheese, and bake at 350°F, covered, for 25 minutes, and then uncovered for an additional five.
  • Make it Pasta Night – Who doesn't love pasta night?! This chicken is begging for some noodles. Grab some angel hair or penne and serve that leftover chicken on top with a little grated parmesan.
  • Quesadillas – How easy is this? Just grab some tortillas, fill with your leftover chicken, and grill on the stovetop for a few minutes. Dip in pizza sauce instead of salsa. Yum! You've got a whole new meal!

Want to freeze those leftovers? That's cool, too (literally). In fact, we suggest doubling this recipe. Why not make one for now and one for later? Just add any leftovers to a freezer-safe bag and label with the date and heating instructions. When you're ready to serve, pop it in the crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Easy peasy!


As you can see, with just a little easy peasy cheesy effort, you've got a dinner the whole family will love!

What's your favorite thing to pair this Italian cream cheese chicken recipe with? Let us know in the comments!

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