Easy Creamy Crockpot Chicken Recipe

4.63 from 161 votes

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This creamy crockpot chicken recipe is an easy slow cooker recipe that is also kid-friendly. Did I mention the prep time for this slow cooker dinner is 8 minutes?

No wonder this easy crock pot recipe and our Crispy Leftover Chicken and Shells are our most popular chicken recipes.

As a bonus, unlock our exclusive content near the end of the post and we will show you how to convert this into a fast Instant Pot Creamy Chicken.  (You can make it in the oven as well!)

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Now let’s find out how to make this easy family dinner, time’s a-ticking!

What is this?

Have you ever taken a scavenger hunt in your freezer?  Dan did last night and found some frozen chicken tenderloins. He was nice enough to take them out and put them in the fridge. And behold, this easy crockpot recipe was born!

But, I did not discover this until 10 minutes before I left for work this morning. I’m always trying to make up new kid-friendly recipes. I wondered what sort of recipe I could make in less than 10 minutes before I left for work?
The end result is an amazing family dinner. Kids love this meal and adults love this meal. What other easy recipe could be better for a busy mom or dad?
Plate of creamy crock pot chicken with red wine.

What you need to make this

  • A crock-pot or slow cooker
  • Boneless skinless chicken
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Water
  • Sour cream
  • Minced garlic
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Onion powder
  • Bag of mixed frozen vegetables
  • Egg noodles
A Plate of slow cooker chicken breast with egg noodles

How to make it

Step-by-Step process photos of making crockpot chicken dinner.
  1. Combine the soup, shredded cheese, sour cream, garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper, and water, in a crock-pot.
  2. Add the boneless skinless breasts and turn your crock-pot on low.
    1. You may also use a pound of tenderloin.
    2. Stir in frozen veggies 30 minutes before serving.
  3. Serve over egg noodles
  4. Garnish and serve!
A plate of food with broccoli, Chicken, and egg noodles
It’s hard to sneak healthy vegetables into kids’ food. The frozen veggies are a game-changer if you’re short on time.

Finally, this creamy crockpot chicken is an ideal choice if you want to contribute a meal to your local homeless shelter. We have more Ideas for Making Meals for the Homeless as well.

Kitchen tips

  • Set the slow cooker on low, when adding the ingredients.
  • Omit carrots and noodles to cut carbs.
  • Substitute chopped onions or dry onion soup mix for onion powder.
  • You can also use cream of mushroom soup.
  • This reheats well, just follow our directions to reheat alfredo sauce.

Food Safety Tip

Food Safety Tip: The FDA recommends chicken to have an internal temperature of 165° F before serving it. This instant-read thermometer is the best one out there and it is the one I always recommend using.

Readers questions

Can I make this in the oven?

Yes. Bake at 400° in a covered baking dish, such as a Dutch Oven.

Can I use frozen chicken breasts for this?

We don’t recommend putting frozen poultry in a crockpot, although many people will do this.

Can I use mayonnaise instead of sour cream for this recipe?

Yes, but add it at the end, just prior to serving.

Does the poultry need to be cut up before placing it in the crock-pot?

No. You can use whole boneless skinless breasts for this crockpot recipe.

Can I make this recipe in the Instant Pot?

Yes, you can convert this into an instant pot recipe! See our exclusive content below.

Instant  pot instructions

Use the same ingredients to make this instant pot recipe in about 30 minutes!

Plate of Instant Pot Creamy Chicken with vegetables.


  • Place 1 to 2 lbs boneless skinless breasts in the instant pot.
  • Add 1 cup of broth.
    • For frozen breasts, pressure cook on manual setting for 6 minutes.
    • For thawed breasts, pressure cook on manual setting for 4 minutes.
    • Do a natural release of 6 minutes for both frozen and thawed meat.
  • If using frozen vegetables, thaw them in a sink of warm water them to the instant pot.
  • Remove the poultry from the Instant Pot after a 6-minute natural release, tent with foil, and set aside, reserving liquid.
  • For the pasta, either prepare it according to the package instructions on the stovetop or in the instant pot.
    • If using the Instant Pot for cooking the pasta, add 12 oz of pasta to the reserved liquid.
  • Add tap water to cover the pasta by 1/2 an inch.
    • Pressure cook on manual setting for 2 minutes and use a quick release.
  • Stir in the cheese, vegetables, and sour cream and the cooked poultry to the Instant Pot and serve.

Substitutions and variations

  • I used about 4 cups of shredded cheese in this version.
  • Instead of onion powder, I used a teaspoon of minced garlic.
  • I added a pinch of kosher salt.
  • Make it your own and use what you have on hand!
  • You don’t have to serve this over egg noodles. Any starch will go with this, like our homemade potato dumplings.

If you are new to Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker Cooking, don’t fret! Here is an informative comparison between the Instant Pot and a Cosori Pressure Cooker.

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I challenge you to try this creamy crockpot chicken.  I know that your family will enjoy it as much as ours did.

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The best crockpot chicken

4.63 from 161 votes
Quick to put together, the great taste and memory of this creamy crockpot chicken will last a long, long time! This is one of the best kid-friendly recipes that our entire family loves.
Prep: 8 minutes
Cook: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total: 4 hours 40 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 lb Chicken tenderloins or boneless chicken breast
  • 1 Family sized can of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 cup water or broth, Optional in crock-pot version but not optional in Instant Pot Creamy Chicken version.
  • 2/3 cup of sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Assorted vegetables, for convenience I used a prepackaged bag with carrots, broccoli and cauliflower
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 12 oz. egg noodles for a side


  • Combine in a crockpot cream of chicken soup, water,  sour cream, minced garlic, cheese and salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken into sauce mixture, make certain to cover chicken with sauce.
  • Cover and turn crock pot on low. Cooking times will depend on how thick chicken is. Because I used chicken tenderloins which are thinner, chicken was done after 4 1/2 hours. If using a thicker chicken breast, continue in the crock pot until fully cooked.
  • Add the vegetables on top of sauce and then add salt, pepper, and onion powder to taste to the vegetables.
  • Before you are ready to serve, prepare egg noodle according to directions on bag.
  • Stir sauce in crock pot prior to serving.
  • Serve over egg noodles.
  • Enjoy.



  1. Use white or dark meat for this crockpot chicken recipe.
  2. This recipe is oven-friendly; bake at 400°, covered for 30 minutes.
  3. Adding veggies at the end will make this less mushy!
  4. Use either cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup for this recipe.
  5. Consider substituting Lipton onion soup mix for the raw onion.
  6. To reduce the carbs in this recipe, omit the carrots.


Calories: 360kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 95mg, Sodium: 633mg, Potassium: 390mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 365IU, Vitamin C: 1.1mg, Calcium: 103mg, Iron: 1.9mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: All American
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  1. 5 stars
    I’m stumped! I’ve been cooking mine for about 4 hours . Went to stir and it’s really watery. Any suggestions on how to thicken it up? Thanks

    1. Hi Megan, I’m not sure why it is watery! I would sift and stir in a little flour to thicken it up; hope you love it!

  2. 3 stars
    The sour cream curdled when I put it in there first. Probably the cheese too. Maybe you should indicate only to add those items during the last 30 to 60 minutes of cooking.

    Otherwise I would try this recipe again as the flavors were really good.

    1. Hi Alice, I’m. not sure why that happened. We always add everything at the beginning and have not had this occur. Thanks for the comments.

    2. Update: I made this recipe in the oven and it was fantastic!! I realize what I did with the crockpot was put it on the four hour setting which is high- Should have put it on low for four hours. In any case this will become a staple around our house 😊

    3. Try already having the crock pot
      On low when you’re adding the ingredients in and mix them all together well.

  3. 5 stars
    All 14 kids liked it, except the chicken. Only 3 kids ate the chicken. All 4 adults likes it with the chicken served over egg noodles, left out the frozen vegetables. Changed the onion powder to 1/4 C fine diced onion.

  4. 5 stars
    This was truly one of the most amazing recipes I’ve made in a long time. Best comfort food ever! Can’t wait to make it again. I followed the directions without adding or changing anything and it was just amazing

  5. 5 stars
    This was the perfect meal, making it for the second time today. I’m cooking challanged, so this was perfect for me…thanks for sharing

    1. Cindy, Thanks for the awesome feedback and we are happy to hear that this easy crock pot chicken recipe works well for you!

      1. Great recipe but I have to make some substitutions for medical reasons. I will use homemade LS Cream of Chicken Soup, it’s not hard, mix the soup with Low Fat Yogurt first plus some flour, that will prevent the curdling issue. Plenty of boneless skinless chicken thighs for more flavor. For vegetables, potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, fresh mushrooms, and some garlic, then add some Bell’s Seasoning, and cracked pepper. I would cook on low 4-6 hours as needed, until it’s ready, then add whole wheat noodles to cook until al dente (only a few minutes). Then serve. My Slow Cooker is 8 qts, so I make a big batch, that’s why the extended cooking time. This could also be served with dumplings, or biscuits. I should use no yolk egg noodles, but they don’t have a whole grain version yet. Increased fiber is far more helpful than the harm caused by a small increase in cholesterol. I can use oat flour to thicken to counteract the cholesterol!

  6. 5 stars
    Just made this! My family loves it. To cut the carbs, I omitted the carrots and noodles. Added more cream of chicken to make it more of a soupy consistency then shredded the chicken apart once it was done. It almost tastes like a chicken pot pie without the crust. I will try to add corn next time per my husbands request. This was super easy and will definitely be making it again! Thank you.

  7. 5 stars
    I didn’t have time to wait for the slow cooker, so I made this in the oven tonight and it turned out great! It did take longer than 30 minutes to cook, more like 45. But I also used a Dutch oven so I’m not sure if that makes a difference or not? Other substitutions: I used one regular size can of cream of chicken, and one regular size can of cream of mushroom since that’s all I had. Chopped onions instead of using onion powder, and used fresh garlic. For veggies, I used broccoli. I’ll definitely make it again!

  8. 5 stars
    Oh my god, this was so delicious and easy. As a single dad I’m always looking for dinner recipes I can throw together quickly. I added half a pack of onion soup mix instead of onion powder which added great flavor. Leftovers were even better the next day . My 8 year old son loved it and asked me to make it again.

    1. Thanks for the awesome feedback, Jake! We are delighted that you and your son enjoy this easy crockpot chicken recipe! The onion soup mix sounds like a genius addition!

    1. To help avoid foodborne illness, it is not advised to prepare frozen meats or other foods in a slow cooker. Alternatively, you can thaw them in the refrigerator or microwave prior to placing them in a slow cooker. For this creamy crockpot chicken recipe as written, you should use 1 lb of chicken breast, if that is what you have on hand. Thanks for the question and thanks for reading Platter Talk!

  9. 5 stars
    Going to try this out today but i had a question before i throw it all in the crockpot. I don’t have sour cream and don’t have a way to a store at the moment so i googled that mayonnaise can be substituted for sour cream but i wanted to ask first. Would mayonnaise be a good substitute in this recipe for the sour cream? Going to add potatoes and spinach for veggies and serve ontop of fried rice.

    1. You could try mayonnaise with this creamy crock-pot chicken, but I would add it at the end. Good luck and thanks for the question!

    2. 5 stars
      Tried this recipe tonight.had everything except the onion soup so I just didn’t add that.and put over top of spaghetti noodles taste fantastic it definitely was a hit with my two girls andy girls are picky eaters.definately be making this again in the future.

      1. Thanks for the great feedback, DeAnna; we’re happy you enjoyed this easy chicken crockpot idea!