Slow Cooker Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
Easy slow cooker chicken fettuccine alfredo recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Loaded with alfredo sauce, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and classic fettuccine pasta.
Nothing says comfort and decadence like today’s meal, and this is the creamiest best version ever! If you need more creamy pasta in your life, make sure to try this Slow Cooker Chicken Pesto Pasta and Slow Cooker Mac And Cheese. They never fail and people always come back for seconds!
How To Make Chicken Alfredo Recipe From Scratch in Slow Cooker?
- Season chicken– With Italian seasoning, garlic powder, ginger powder, salt, pepper.
- Add ingredients in slow cooker- This includes seasoned chicken and alfredo sauce.
- Cover and cook– On low heat.
- Shred chicken– With 2 forks.
- Add pasta- Fettuccine is the classic choice.
- Mix– Until combined.
- Enjoy- Garnish with parmesan cheese, black pepper.
Chicken Alfredo Sauce
You can use homemade sauce or pre-made sauce jars. I used two jars of sauce for this recipe in order to save time and for just for convenience. Homemade alfredo is relatively simple to make. It’s a combination of a roux with flour, butter, heavy cream, parmesan, garlic and Italian seasoning.
What Sides to Serve with Homemade Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo?
Bread is my favorite side. Try garlic bread or cheesy bread sticks. You can even serve it along with pizza.
Salad is a great choice because it’s light and balances the heavy pasta.
It also pairs well with soups such as a simple tomato soup or roasted red pepper soup.
What is the Difference Between Chicken Alfredo and Chicken Fettuccine?
Alfredo refers to a creamy white sauce, and fettuccine refers to the type of thick flat pasta noodle typically served with either alfredo sauce or a tomato based red sauce.
Variations for Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Penne alfredo– Use Penne pasta in place of fettucine noodles.
Chicken broccoli alfredo– Mix in freshly cut broccoli florets in the final 20 minutes of cooking.
Use cajun chicken alfredo– Add cajun seasoning instead of Italian seasoning.
Use blackened chicken– Blacken the chicken on the grill before adding for additional flavor.
Chicken tortellini alfredo– Use tortellini in place of fettuccine noodles.
Add other proteins– Such as shrimp, beef, tofu, smoked sausage, or even vegan meat.
Use stuffed shells or ravioli– In place of the fettuccine noodles.
Use leftover grilled chicken– This saves time and is a great way to use up leftovers. Mix it in towards the end of cooking to warm the chicken before serving.
Add vegetables– Such as peas, artichokes, spinach, kale, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, or cauliflower.
Make it spicy– Add red chili flakes for a spicier version.
Add bacon– Sprinkle crumbled bacon on top, prior to serving for added flavor and texture.
Add other kinds of cheese- Such as goat cheese, cream cheese, ricotta, mozzarella, cheddar. The possibilities are endless!
Add pesto– This will add a strong herby basil flavor. It will also add a subtle green color to the pasta.
Tips And Techniques
What size crockpot should I use? I recommend using a 6 quart crock pot or larger.
How long do I cook the pasta? Cook for 2.5 hours with the crockpot on low heat.
Do I need to cook the chicken before putting it in the crockpot? You do not need to cook the chicken before adding it to the crockpot, it will have plenty of time to cook. However, make sure the chicken is thawed before adding it or else the meal will become too watery.
Adjust seasoning– Add more or less according to your preference.
How to thicken pasta? If, for some reason, your pasta ends up too thin, simply cook it uncovered a little longer until some of the liquid has steamed off. You can also discard some of the excess liquid. Pasta will also also absorb a lot of the sauce over time.
How to make pasta thinner? If your pasta is too thick or you just prefer it thinner, simply add a bit of of broth or water or even milk to achieve the desired consistency.
What kind of cheese to use? Use freshly shredded parmesan cheese. The quality and flavor is so much better than the packets.
Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 2 days.
Freeze– This is not recommended since pasta and dairy does not thaw well.
Reheat– In the microwave or stovetop. You can add a splash of water if it’s too thick.
More Slow Cooker Pasta Recipes
Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo
- Pour alfredo sauce on top of the chicken. Mix it all together.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 2.5 hours or until chicken is fully cooked.
- Remove chicken breasts and use 2 forks to shred them OR use a sharp knife to cut them into small cubes and put them back in the slow cooker. Mix until combined.
- Add the boiled pasta in the crockpot and mix everything together gently.
- Garnish with parmesan cheese, some black pepper and Italian seasoning.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- Read all my tips above.
- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days and reheated in the microwave.