**Update! I made some changes to this recipe and the new version is better! Take a look at the Slow Cooker Chicken & Stuffing Onion Edition**
Pinterest is a great place to find recipes – well sort of. Just like with any other recipe you find online you never know how it will actually turn out. What one person likes, another one doesn’t. Plus there are differences in ingredients and such. Anyway, this recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken and Stuffing I found and tried it tonight for dinner. Here are the results and my notes, plus a little extra about some easy side veggie options at the end.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Stuffing
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (not frozen)
- 1 box Stove Top Stuffing (I used the Traditional Sage flavor – pick what you like)
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup water
Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Sprinkle the Stove Top (dry/uncooked) over the top of the chicken. They have the seasonings in with the bread pieces now so it is just one step.
Mix together the wet ingredients in a bowl and then dollop (it’s thick) on top of the stuffing and spread out. Cover and cook on high 4 hours.
This is the finished product still in the slow cooker. I forgot to take a picture on the plate, but it pretty much looks the same, just in a smaller portion and a little more “messed up” with the stuffing and sauce. The results were interesting. First of all, the entire family (Hubby, T, and myself) liked the flavor of the entire dish. Hubby even said it was a “make again” dish – but with modifications. The problem was that the chicken breasts were very dry. I mean I know boneless, skinless chicken breasts can get dry, but these were really dry. The proportion of the stuffing and “sauce” seemed to be ok, but a few spots were a little too mushy. I’m thinking next time I need some liquid beneath the chicken. Also, maybe try putting the “sauce” as the middle layer and putting the stuffing on top? Again, this is to keep the chicken moister. The way I cooked it tonight I was thinking some Durkee French Fried Onions would be great sprinkled on top and it was so odd that my son suggested the same thing when we were about to eat! Great minds think alike I tell ya! This recipe is what T and Hubby call “regular people” food – that means it is good and tasty and nothing too creative or more exotic ingredients – they like “regular people” food. If you do really simple cooking you might like this as is – if you like to change things up a bit, tweak away, this is a good base recipe. What do you think? Will you try this? What changes might you make to it?
Now for some easy veggies on the side. Both of these are Green Giant “Steamers” found in the freezer. While I love fresh veggies, it is handy to keep things in the freezer for those nights you need super easy.
The first is their new line of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers. These are obviously Brussels Sprouts. Now T did not want anything to do with these, he had a tiny taste and said no way. I tried one and I can appreciate the fact that they actually do have a really nice blend of savory seasonings on them – you truly do not need to add anything to them, not salt or pepper even – I still just did not care for the texture – this is because they were steamed and I just do not like that for leafy greens. Now Hubby likes Brussels Sprouts of all kinds and he thought these were really good and at all of them. Anyone can cook this, put them in the microwave IN THE BAG THEY CAME IN EVEN and cook. That’s it! Super handy-dandy! We have had the broccoli and the potatoes from this line also and really like them all.
The second option is Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers. I got the mix of Broccoli, Carrots, and Cauliflower – it was not until I dumped out the bag that I realized I got the kind in cheese sauce. That was not my intention, but Hubby and T were pleased with my mistake as they are cheeseaholics. These are also just as easy as the Seasoned Steamers – just throw the bag in the microwave and cook. Serve. Mega easy side veggies!
Sometimes these convenience foods really are nice to have on hand. The slow cooker is really a great resource for when you have busy days planned too. Just dump it all in first thing in the morning and do not worry about it again until you are ready to sit down and eat. And the veggies that you literally take out of the freezer in a bag and put the bag into the microwave – well it is not anymore convenient than that for cooked sides!
What are your favorite go-to meals or convenience foods that make your life easier?
Disclosure: I was provided samples of the Green Giant Seasoned Steamers mentioned in this post. The opinions are my own (and family). We really do like Green Giant veggies and have them regularly.
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