This creamy chicken Caesar Pasta makes an easy one-pot dinner cooked in the Crockpot. It could not be easier to throw these ingredients together in your slow cooker in the morning and come home to chicken that melts in your mouth. It’s a favorite for kids and adults alike. The caesar dressing adds a unique tang to the dish and combined with parmesan cheese, it’s heaven in a bowl (or on a plate!).
Chicken Caesar Pasta
I love Caesar dressing! My favorite salad is one that my husband makes where he grills the lettuce and then makes it into an incredible Caesar salad. But Caesar dressing can be used for so much more than just salads. I was eating it one night for dinner and thought that it would be so yummy to turn this classic salad into a Crockpot recipe.
Of course, salad is not one of the slow cookers’ strengths, lol! But slow cooker chicken in a flavor-filled dressing is. I wasn’t sure if I was going to turn the caesar chicken into wraps when it was finished or a pasta dish.
I went with pasta because I loved how the sauce gets into the nooks and crannies of the rotini pasta and makes this meal more filling. Plus, my kids love pasta so it’s easier to serve them pasta than get my 5-year-old to eat a wrap. More easy pasta options to make in your slow cooker are Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta, Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta, and Buffalo Chicken Pasta.
To make it easy I went ahead and used my favorite store caesar salad dressing from Panera Bread. They sell it in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. You can use whatever caesar dressing you like or you can even make your own!
Chicken Caesar Wraps
You could easily not include the pasta and just use the shredded chicken with caesar sauce as wraps. The first time I did both and the wraps were a perfect lunch option that would be great for meal prep for the week. If you swapped the wrap for lettuce this would be a great keto meal too!
Crockpot Chicken Casserole
I am a huge fan of chicken pasta in the crockpot! I just love how adding pasta to a chicken dish can really stretch the meal. You can cook chicken during the day and then just add pasta to the chicken to make a filling dinner. It’s one of my favorite ways to use the slow cooker!
This Chicken Caesar Pasta feels fancy with its rich and creamy sauce paired with fresh tomatoes! You almost feel like you are at a restaurant without the pricey bill.
Here’s what you need for the recipe:
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 bottle of caesar dressing of your choice
- 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese (or freshly shredded parmesan)
- 1/2 cup of chicken broth
- 8oz of cream cheese
- Gluten-free pasta of your choice (you can go spaghetti or penne here—whatever you have on hand will work)
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
How to Make Chicken Caesar Pasta
1. Put your chicken into your Crock-Pot. Remember to keep them whole!
2. Pour 1/2 cup of chicken broth and the caesar dressing over the chicken.
3. Add your seasonings—salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Season with your heart! You can always add more later when you are ready to serve the meal.
4. Cut an 8oz block of cream cheese into cubes and put these on top of the chicken breasts.
5. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. You can give it a good stir about halfway through, to make sure that the cream cheese is melting and creating a deliciously creamy caesar pasta cause.
6. When there is about an hour or so left, go ahead and add your spinach. You can add as much or as little as you like. Remember that it will cook down a lot, so you can add more than you think you need. You can add the parmesan cheese at this point too. Don’t be stingy with it either!
7. While the chicken is finishing up with the spinach, cook your gluten-free pasta according to the directions on the package. When it is done, drain it and set it aside. Any kind of gluten-free pasta works here, so go with what your family likes and what you have on hand. It’s a great time to empty out all of the half-empty boxes of pasta you have in your pantry.
8. Give the chicken, spinach, and sauce a good stir to make sure everything is mixed together well. You can shred the chicken or pull the chicken breasts out and cut them into pieces on a cutting board.
9. Serve your chicken and sauce over your noodles and be sure to spoon some extra caesar pasta sauce over your noodles. Garnish with fresh parsley and tomatoes. Don’t forget the fresh cracked pepper.
10. Enjoy and try not to eat the entire pot!
The chicken caesar pasta makes great leftovers as well. Store the leftover pasta and chicken in separate containers. When you’re ready to eat it, reheat the the chicken and pasta in a pot or large skillet on the stove. Skip the microwave, as it will dry out the chicken. Sometimes I add a little milk into it to give it some more liquid when reheating.
You can use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts, but I prefer breasts. If you do choose thighs, you will likely have to adjust the cooking time, as they typically take longer to cook through.
Keep your chicken breasts whole. If you dice them ahead of time, they tend to dry out. Other than trimming the breasts of any fat, you don’t have to do much to get them ready to toss in the Crock-Pot.
Chicken Caesar Pasta
- 2 pounds chicken boneless, skinless
- 1 1/2 cups caesar dressing
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 8 oz cream cheese cut into cubes
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 12 oz rotini pasta
- 1/2 cup spinach fresh
- 1/2 cup parmesan grated
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
- salt and pepper to taste
- Put your chicken into your Crock-Pot.
- Pour 1/2 cup chicken broth and 1 1/2 cups of dressing over the chicken.
- Add garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
- Cut an 8 oz block of cream cheese into cubes and put these on top of chicken breasts.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. You can give it a good stir about halfway through, to make sure that the cream cheese is melting and creating a deliciously creamy caesar pasta sauce.
- Once an hour remains for cooking add 1 cup spinach and 1/2 a cup of grated parmesan cheese.
- While the chicken is finishing up with the spinach, cook your gluten-free pasta according to the directions on the package. When it is done, drain it and set it aside.
- Give the chicken, spinach, and sauce a good stir to make sure everything is mixed together well. You can shred the chicken or pull the chicken breasts out and cut them into pieces on a cutting board.
- Chop tomatoes if desired to add into pasta.
- Serve your chicken and sauce over your noodles and be sure to spoon some extra caesar pasta sauce over your noodles. Garnish with fresh chopped tomatoes and don't forget the fresh cracked pepper.
What Should I Serve With It?
You can serve it with a salad or other vegetable on the side or even find a crusty, gluten-free bread to enjoy with it. Steamed broccoli, green beans, or even brussels sprouts would be a great, light veggie to have on the side.
Even if you don’t have the time or desire for another side, you aren’t totally skipping the veggies, as this recipe is packed with spinach. It cooks down so much that even your green veggie-hating eaters won’t mind it.
Put This Chicken Caesar Pasta Recipe on Your Meal Plan
Not only is this chicken caesar pasta recipe super simple and delicious, but you can also keep the calories down by using light caesar dressing and light cream cheese. The spinach also ups the healthy factor, making this a comfort meal that is actually friendly to your health.
There are tons of easy, gluten-free Crock-Pot recipes on my site. Whether you want the main course, side dish, dessert, your next bbq contribution, or Thanksgiving dinner, I’ve got a recipe for it.
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