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Monday, October 15, 2012

Day 15 ~ Cream Cheese Crock Pot Chicken

Some of you may be asking “What does food have to do with a 31 Days of Décor series”? The truth is we truly do eat with our eyes first. Today I am presenting one of my favorite comfort food crock pot meals ~ cream cheese chicken. I will also be sharing a few tips on how to create a pretty plate.

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Now crock pot meals have gotten somewhat of a bad wrap because generally, while they are cooking, the ingredients look like this:

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Is it possible to turn a crock of sloppy sauce into something we see as truly appetizing? In a word, yes.

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This recipe was given to me by my good friend Kristina. The ingredients for the delicious dish are easily found in any supermarket. It’s quite possible that you may already have the supplies in your pantry and freezer.

This recipe can be easily doubled and costs around 40 cents per serving. You will need:

1 block of cream cheese

1 can of cream of chicken soup

2 tablespoons of melted butter

4 ~ 6 thawed chicken breasts

1 packet of Italian salad dressing seasoning (although I only use half the packet)

Coat the bottom of the crock with the melted butter. (This will help the other ingredients from sticking to the bottom of the crock until the soup and cream cheese melt together.)

Add in the cream cheese, soup and seasoning and mix together.

Lay the chicken on top of the mixture and spoon a little of the mixture on top.  

Set the crockpot to medium and walk away for 6 to 8 hours. (You can stir from time to time if you are home.)

Given that two of the ingredients are dairy do not set the crock on high as that can cause the dairy to curdle.

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In the last half hour of cooking time I begin to cook some green beans and carrot coins to add a bit of color to the plate. For a meal that speaks to the eyes try not to have an all beige plate. For health, color is king. You can also serve this dish with a nice green salad.

The chicken and sauce can be served over noodles or rice. I prefer rice. To elevate the every day take a small glass jelly jar (or something similar) and lightly pack it with rice.

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Invert the jar onto the plate.

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Lightly tap the top of the jar and then lift off the jar. A round compact mound of rice now graces the plate and rivals any fancy restaurant. It takes all of 2 seconds to create.

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Spoon up a chicken breast and ladle the sauce over the rice and chicken. Sprinkle on some freshly chopped parsley for color if you desire. This garnish is packed with a healthful punch.  Serve with your vegetable of choice and enjoy!

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The chicken is fork tender and delicious!

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Dessert can also be deceptively easy as David Copperfield. Bake a pan of brownies. (I use the recipe on the side of the can of Hershey’s cocoa, but you can also use a box mix.) Once cooled take a glass and use it as a pseudo cookie cutter to create brownie rounds. Place the brownie on the plate, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, add chocolate sauce and enjoy!

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Tomorrow I will be sharing the tablescape I created for this meal.

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What are your favorite go to dishes?

Laura

 Linking to:

Centsational Girl, Foodie Friday, Kelly’s Corner, Stonegable

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19 comments :

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I have some chicken breasts in the freezer and now I know what to do with them.. looks Yummy, thanks

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Lovely presentation of crockpot comfort food. I pinned it to try sometime.

My Crafty Home Life said...

Laura, I love crock pot cooking. Did you know that there is a 31-dayer doing all crock pot recipes? http://hellolittlehouse.com/

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

YUMMMMMM!!! I am so pinning this one and trying it!!!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

You had me at cream cheese.
~Lynne
w/L.

Jane said...

Sounds delicious! Love your tips & tricks for the rice & brownie - makes such a lovely presentation!
Enjoying this series,
Jane

French Basketeer.com said...

How nice is it to come home to a meal that is already prepared! I don't have a crock pot but my sister does and I will share this with her; dessert looks fabulous too~

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I think I need to "go to" buy a crock pot! This looks delicious!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I will be right over! ;-)

XO,

Sheila

It's All Connected said...

Taking a few extra minutes to style the plate does take it from an ordinary supper to fine dining. It's making me hungry just looking at your's! ~ Maureen

AllyJo said...

CCC is my daughters favorite meal. Thanks for the good idea to make it pretty too.

martinealison said...

Une publication qui met en appétit... De très jolie photos.
Gros bisous

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I'm coming over! It looks divine!
LOVE your Sunday post!!! ALOT!!
Warmly,
deb

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Great post! I'll have to try this recipe. My mother would be proud of you. She majored in and taught Home Economics and she taught us at home to have a plate with multiple colors! Even my brother recently said to me while eating at my house, "I can't believe you have two foods of the same color on these plates!" I like your presentation tricks for rice and brownies too!

Deanna said...

Delicious!
Will have to try this recipe. I love crock pot meals and the freedom you have while the dish is crocking away!
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Linda said...

Thanks for the recipe! I'll try it.

I cook a full meal every night for my family - a favorite go to meal is Spaghetti Casserole. That's Jim's favorite.

The Boston Lady said...

This is one I will definitely be trying! I love using the crockpot and when temps dip (below the 90s I hope soon!) I am always asked to make "my" chili! Ann

AshTreeCottage said...

Looks pretty and I can imagine that it is so yummy too!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Carol said...

Anything in a crockpot is a good meal around here!