Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mom Friendly Meals Monday: You'll never look at chicken the same way again...

Most mom's know and love their slow cookers. I had just gotten a new one for Christmas 2 years ago when I found this recipe. After some poking around it seems there are many variations of this dish floating around the inter-webs, even one that Paula Deen herself cooked up. But this is the only one I've ever tried and I love it! (and I have a little secret for those of you that don't want to go the slow cooker route.)
Cream Cheese Chicken

3 lbs chicken pieces -I usually just use 3-4 boneless skinless breasts.
1 (2/3 ox) package Italian salad dressing mix
4 tablespoons melter butter, divided. (2 go in with the chicken in crock pot. 2 are for later when you saute the garlic and onions.
1 small onion chopped
1 garlic clove chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup chicken broth

*Place Chicken in crock pot and sprinkle Italian seasoning over chicken pieces. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons melted butter
*Cook on low for 4-6 hours
*Shred the chicken
*Melt 2 tablespoons butter in saucepan and saute onion and garlic.
*Add cream of chicken soup, cream cheese,chicken broth and sauteed garlic and onion to the crock pot with the shredded chicken. Stir until smooth.
*Cook on low for an additional hour or until heated thru.

I think it's best served over egg noodles, but I am sure any noodles would do.

Now here's my little secret...
I love my slow cooker, but I'm also not adventurous enough to leave it on while I'm at work all day. I know millions of people do and its fine, but I just can't do it. I'd spend all day wondering if there were some freak electrical fire caused by my crock pot. So on days when I have a craving for this, but don't feel like waiting all day for it, here's what I do:
I stop at my local grocery store on the way home from work and I buy a rotisserie chicken. When I get home, I saute the garlic and onions while I shred the chicken. Then I add the chicken and everything else the recipe calls for into the same skillet, heat thru and serve it up! Same result- in half the time!

I love rotisserie chickens from the grocery store. They are great to pick up when you want chicken but don't feel like going thru the work of cooking the it yourself. And the possibilities are endless!! Sometimes we shred the chicken, add BBQ sauce and serve on croissants or biscuits with some cole slaw. Or we add it to a pre-made pizza crust with some BBQ sauce and grilled onions with Ched/Jack cheese. We've even added it to Mac and Cheese. Throw in a little frozen broccoli and bake with some Frenches Fried Onions or crumbled Ritz crackers on top and you have a great quick and easy casserole. Because it's really just the two of eating, there is usually even enough chicken left over for chicken salad the next day.

So get out your best recipe and link up! Each week we are getting more recipes linked up and it makes me so happy!! I'm going to try my best to join a few blog hops today to spread the word, but Jack is so far having a rough night getting to sleep and I have to work a day shift. If you all could help by adding the Mom Friendly Meals button somewhere on your blog, it would make my day. The more people that stop by and link up, the more recipes we'll all get to add to our weekly menus!!


Keli said...

I freak out about that too! (Glad to know I'm not the only one ;) ) I'm a SAHM but I love using my slowcooker as it means more time with my boys!

The recipe sounds great! Can't wait to try it!! said...

that looks yummy - could be a good way to use up leftovers when I bake a whole lot of chicken...

thanks for the linky as well - a new follower here :)

Kapaldo Family said...

I love crock pot meals. I love to pile things in and forget about it until dinner time. I like to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible (unless my husband is around to entertain my girls then I welcome the escape ;-).

Erin said...

Wow this sounds yummy!!! I am printing out now and adding to my menu for next week :-)

Bonni said...

I am blog hopping and am your newest follower. Would love for you to check out my blog and follow back!

Mommyhood Mayhem said...


Hi! Found you on the Monday blog hop! We're your newest follower and would love if you follow back!

Mrs. Boom said...

This is a great idea! I plan to particiapte and already have my blog entry/recipe scheduled to post next Monday and have added the badge to my sidebar.