Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken

Well, for this post I don't need a picture. Which is good, because while Mr. Joe taught me how to find my pictures and scroll through them, and Nick taught me how to delete the crappy ones (you can't just delete, you have to 'send to trash'-I'm starting to think this Steve Jobs guy was playing a huge joke on everyone when he invented this apple business and nobody realized he was being sarcastic) I still can't upload them properly. Or rather, I can upload them just fine (super slow, apparently the computer doesn't matter as much as the phone line we use to get to the internet) but I can't move them around. So, any mac users who happen to pass by little bloggity blog-I need help! Don't worry, I won't get upset if you talk to me like I'm five. In fact, just assume that I'm three. Talk to me like a three year old, and share all your mac-blogging wisdom.

But anyway, my point today is that on my quest for quick, easy crockpot meals, I've tried about ten in the last three weeks. Some were okay, some were so-so, one was BBBLLLLHHHH (minestrone soup, it was total mush and the kids almost cried) and then one was amazing. Wait, let me put that in caps. It was AMAZING. Super easy, used ingredients that most normal people will either have or can get at the shell station (unless you live in Guam) and so so so so good. In fact, I might go reheat some of it before I can finish this post.

Ahh. That's better. So, in the interest of making the world a better place, I had to share. I was going to just post the link, but I figured I'd go all out and just write it down so you can literally see how frickin easy this sucker is. And yeah, it doesn't sound too yummy on paper, and it looks a little scary (although I've always been a fan of mixing foods all together, drove my mother NUTSO) but please please please, just try it. It's so good! I can't even describe what it tasted like, other than GOOD. I'm like a caveman these days.

All right. Seventeen years later, here's the recipe. I got it at the tasty kitchen tab on PW's blog, in case you were wondering. And no, I can't provide any links as i have forgotten how to cut and paste. Alls I know is that you don't use ctrl c like you're supposed to.

Anyway, here we go, for reals this time.

Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken
-6 pieces frozen chicken breast (I was going to use a bag of tenderloins, you know, those big frozen bags? but then a little package of a pound or so of real breasts fell out of the freezer when I opened it and stubbed my toe, so I took that as a sign. And I started with a TOTALLY frozen block of chicken, no problemo)

-1 bottle Italian dressing (I used kraft light, but for those on you in the real world, I guess you could go to Publix and chose from the THOUSANDS of options there. I got to pick either kraft or wishbone. I heart Guam)

-8oz cream cheese (I used that 1/3 fat stuff, because that's what I had, and I'm trying to impress ya'll with my mad WW skills that kills. Ignore the two buckets of Halloween candy I ate, by God, I used light cream cheese!!!)

-1 can (10.75 oz) cream of chicken soup

-14 oz chicken broth

-1 tbsp Italian seasoning (now here, I wasn't sure if they meant one of those packets that you can make your own Italian dressing out of, or the bottle of McCormick Italian seasoning. I had the bottle of McCormick, so obviously that's what I used)

-pasta or rice

-put frozen chicken breasts in crockpot and cover with Italian dressing. Look on LOW 8 hours.

-in a separate bowl, mix together cream cheese, cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, and Italian seasoning until combined. I (this is the author of the recipe, not me personally. I didn't do this, I mixed it after the whole eight hours) like to do this ahead of time so it's ready to go when I get home (since I never leave the house, this isn't a priority for me, but I guess you could do it up in a tupperware and save it in the fridge or something? it took five minutes, I don't see how that's a time saver)

-when chicken is finished, drain remaining liquid, shred chicken, and put back in pot. (after 8 hours, my chicken breasts shredded beautifully with two forks. Zero effort, took less than five minutes) Cover with the cream cheese mixture and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes. If you are in a hurry, you can microwave the cream cheese mixture before pouring onto the chicken. (that was the author again. I didn't need to save that step because I was late getting started on my rice, so I had plenty of time to kill)

-You can have this dish over any kind of pasta (she says fettuccine is great! and she added that exclamation point) or rice (her personal fave, and what we did. we bought a rice cooker a while back and I'm busy trying to convince myself it wasn't a waste of money. I don't like rice! But with this creamy white sauce...heaven ya'll. It was heaven.)

So that's it, easy peasy. The only thing that would make it my new husband would be some magical way to incorporate veggies. I can't think of a way to do it though, so we'll just have our veggies on the side for now. I can imagine it tastes fantastic over pasta, sort of like alfredo, but then I would eat WAY more pasta than I do the rice, so for now we're sticking to rice. I'm so serious, you HAVE to try this! It's amazing!

All right. In other news, my Bible study starts back up tonight! We're doing Jonah, by Priscilla Shirer. I've never done a study that wasn't a Beth Moore, but I've done two with Beth AND Priscilla, and I really liked her. She's easier to relate to because she's in the same lifetime as me, with three little kids and a husband and all that busy nothingness. So I'm pretty excited. And I think it's friggin great that even though Nick is still in port (a month after they were set to leave) he's had duty on BOTH Tuesdays that I've had Bible study since he was supposed to leave. So, even though we'd have to spring for a thirty dollar sitter if the boat HAD left, it didn't, and we still can't pocket that extra money. Just figures, right? And in case you're keeping track, a seven session study at thirty bucks a pop is two hundred and ten dollars. And at our real church in Virginia, they were smart enough to figure out to have AWANA on the SAME night as Bible study (wow, what a novel idea!) so it was free. I mean, hello! That's not a difficult concept people!

But anyway. Not the point.

1 comment:

  1. remember that copy is command-c and paste is command-p. what happens when you try to post pics? i press the little picture button on the tool bar when i'm composing my post then another box comes up and i press something like "browse" so i browse pics, choose the one i want, then press ok. there's a discrete little button that says something like "add more images", click that and do it all over again. you can only add like 4 or 5 at a time. then while its loading pics, make sure you wait until the whole thing is done. i have closed that dialogue box before it was done before and lost the pics. then, all the pics should show up at the top of your post. i just individually command-c and command-p them to put them where i want. i usually go ahead and type my text b/c sometimes if i add pics first, blogger gives me this weird underlined text??
    also, i usually just highlight pics i don't want and delete them. i let rob worry about sending everything to the trash can some other time.
    and don't judge me, but i feel like such a boy mama. i'm scared to have a girl, like i'm not ready or something. i fully realize how ridiculous this is. we'll be pumped either way, but wouldn't it just be simpler to have another boy?? :)