Slow Cooker Anyday: Creamy Italian Chicken
*** UPDATE: This recipe—with a few additions—was featured in the February 2012 issue of Salt Lake Magazine. I’ve added a much tastier photo plus a printable recipe of Creamy Italian Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes & Baby Bella Mushrooms at the end. ***
This recipe for Creamy Italian Chicken is a family favorite for sure! My good friend Kim shared this with me, and for how simple and crowd-pleasing it is, I don’t make it nearly often enough. It’s one of those crock pot recipes where you always have the ingredients on hand—especially if you stock up—and you can easily tweak it when you feel like changing it up. I’ve thrown in a can of Italian petite diced tomatoes before and it was super yummy! Enjoy!
Creamy Italian Chicken
4-5 frozen chicken breasts
1/2 cup water
1 package dry Italian dressing mix
1 8-oz. package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 can cream of chicken soup
1-2 small cans mushroom pieces OR 1 package sliced fresh mushrooms
Place frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot. Whisk together dressing mix and water; pour over chicken.
Cook on high for 2 hours. Remove chicken, cut into bite-size pieces and place back in crock pot. Combine cream cheese, cream of chicken soup and canned mushrooms. (If using fresh mushrooms, DO NOT add them yet.) Pour over chicken.
Cook on high another 3 hours and then reduce heat to low. (If using fresh mushrooms, add them now and cook on low at least 1 hour.) Serve over white or brown rice.
Recipe as featured in the February 2012 issue of Salt Lake Magazine
(I think my food plating and photography has improved a bit, don’t you?)
Printable recipe for the updated slow cooker creamy Italian chicken below.
- 4-5 frozen chicken breasts
- ½ cup water
- 1 package dry Italian dressing mix
- 1 (8-oz) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 (8-oz) package baby bella mushrooms, sliced
- ½ cup sundried tomatoes in oil, drained (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place frozen chicken breasts in slow cooker.
- Whisk together water and dressing mix; pour over chicken. Cook on high for two hours.
- Remove chicken, cut into bite-size pieces and return to slow cooker.
- Combine cream cheese and cream of chicken soup. Pour over chicken. Cook on high another three hours and then reduce heat to low.
- Add mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, salt and pepper and cook on low one hour. Serve over rice.
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