Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Crockpot Creamy Italian Cheese Chicken


Darin loves this creamy chicken dish- it's super easy to put together, but it takes 45 minutes in the oven to cook. Sometimes, we don't have the time to wait for it, especially if it is during the weeknight.

I have seen various slow cooker versions on the internet but have always been skeptical. It won't taste the same! 

Well, I am here to tell you that it does taste just as good, and it's cooking while you're hard at work!

First, season the chicken breasts and add it into the slow cooker. Melt the butter, stir in the zesty seasoning mix, and then pour it over the chicken. Let it cook on low (while you're at work, running errands, what have you...) for 8 hours. Then, when you're about 20 minutes from eating, add the cream cheese and soups, give it a good stir, and let it cook on HIGH for 20 minutes. This allows the cream cheese and soup mixture to warm up and mix well. (Don't do what I did, and let it sit on high for 45 minutes- it just turned soupy then, and I like my sauces thick and creamy!)

Ingredients:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts`
  • Salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 (0.7 ounce) package Zesty Italian Salad Dressing mix (we use Kroger's brand)
  • 4-oz cream cheese (we use reduced-fat)
  • (2) 10-oz cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 12-oz fettuccine noodles, cooked

Directions:
  1. Place chicken breasts into your slow cooker. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and a dash (or two) of cayenne pepper.
  2. Melt the butter in a measuring cup until melted. Stir in the salad dressing mix right into the measuring cup, and stir well. Pour onto the top of your chicken.
  3. Place the cover, and cook on LOW 8 hours.
  4. About 20 minutes before you're ready to eat, take out the cream cheese to soften it for a few minutes.
  5. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker.
  6. Add the softened cream cheese and soup into the crockpot (there will be liquid in the crockpot), Give it a good stir, add the chicken back into the crockpot (it's ok if the chicken starts shredding/falling apart), and cook it on HIGH covered for 20 minutes. Don't let it sit too long or the sauce will become thin and soupy. This step is just to get the cream cheese and soup heated through.
  7. Place the chicken and sauce over your cooked noodles, and enjoy!
Source: Adapted from Jamie Cooks It Up

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