Monday, August 17, 2015

Italian Chicken

slow cooker chicken

This is one of those recipes, that has been passed around so many times, that everyone that lives in my State just knows how to make it by memory, from their childhood.  It is super easy, rich, and creamy.  A real comfort food.

Italian Chicken

3-5 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast or 9-15 Chicken Tenders
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup (any brand)
1 Packet Dry Italian Salad Dressing
1 8oz. Cream Cheese or 1/3 fat Cream Cheese
1/2-1 Cup Water

Some people add a little butter, I personally don't think it needs it. 

Additional Ingredients:
4 Cups Cooked Rice, Noodles, or Quinoa
(We like a 3/4 rice to 1/4 quinoa mix, to help with the texture of the quinoa)
Rolls or Bread

I always spray my 4 qt slow cooker, to help with clean up.

I usually put the chicken on the bottom to prevent the sauce from burning to it.
I ended up using my 6 qt. Slow Cooker, but recommend a 4 qt.  (If you use a larger slow cooker it will decrease cook time.)

Add remaining ingredients.  Some people hold off on the cream cheese until the last 30 mins., but I just throw it in at the beginning.

Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours 

After cooking, if you went with chicken breasts, remove chicken. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces or shred chicken.

easy shredded chicken

The fastest and easiest way to shred chicken is in a stand-up mixer.

After the chicken is how you like it, return to the sauce and stir.  At this point you can serve it or I like to let it cook about 20 mins. longer.  The sauce just seems creamier and less lumpy when I do this.

slow cooker chicken

Serve over Rice, Noodles, or Quinoa

We like ours over a 3/4 Jasmine Rice and 1/4 Red Quinoa mix.
My kids like to taste of Quinoa, but don't like the texture and size.

1 1/2 Cups Jasmine Rice or other Rice
1/2 Red Quinoa or White

Boil 4 Cups of water, add Jasmine Rice and Quinoa
Reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 min.
Remove from heat and let stand 5 min.
Fluff with fork and enjoy!

  You can hardly even feel or taste the difference from just plain rice.

Serve it up and enjoy!