Sunday, July 15, 2012

Crockpot Country Chicken


I love cooking in my crockpot. Especially during the summer when I don't want to heat up the kitchen by using the oven.
I receive a book about 2 years ago called "The Slow Cooker Bible" and there are several pages that are dog eared and stained from use already. I hadn't tried this particular recipe before but, now that I have, it may be a new favorite.
I love that most crockpot recipes are super simple, ie: throw everything in the pot and go watch a movie.
This one is no exception.
Super
De Duper
Simple.

Crockpot Country Chicken
(adapted from The Slow Cooker Bible)

Ingredients
4 carrots, cut into 1 inch chunks
4 stalks celery, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
6 - 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, quartered
1 tsp dried tarragon leaves
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
salt & pepper
1 can (~10 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup (not diluted)
1 envelope (~1 oz) dry onion soup mix
1/3 cup cooking sherry (or white wine)
2 Tbsp cornstarch

Directions
Place carrots, celery, and onion in bottom of crockpot.


Arrange chicken breast pieces over vegetables and sprinkle with tarragon, thyme, and salt & pepper.


Spoon cream of chicken soup over chicken and sprinkle with dry onion soup mix.


Cover, cook on high for 3 - 4 hours, stirring once during cooking.
Blend cooking sherry (or wine) with cornstarch, whisking in a small bowl until smooth. Stir into the crockpot. Cook, uncovered, for about 15 minutes - or until sauce thickens.


Serve over rice or pasta or egg noodles.


It really is that easy.
I have a little note about this recipe.
Well....about crockpots in general.
I find my crockpot cooks really fast.
I had it on low and it still only took about 3 hours to be done. I was thinking I had a good 5 hours on low...but...nope. Done in 3, on low.
It can be hard to plan when to start my crockpot as it cooks so much faster than most recipes state.
What I am trying to say is - know your crockpot. Learn how fast it cooks so you can plan out when to turn it on.
Because this was done in 3 hours on low in my crockpot I had to turn it to "warm" for the another hour until dinner time. It wasn't overcooked at all and the chicken was soooooo tender you could cut it with a fork.
OH...and...if you don't want to use alcohol in this dish you can just use apple juice.

Stop by Ms. enPlace and Hun...What's For Dinner for some great links!

30 comments:

  1. How many people does this recipe feed?

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    1. That's going to depend on serving size, etc... BUT, that being said, I fed 6 people with this and had some leftover. (I used 6 chicken breasts when I made it)

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  2. Thanks for linking up this week. I agree about knowing your crockpot. Mine is old and temperamental. cooks sloooow on low and super fast on high. No middle ground there! I love the idea of having this meal during the summer...thanks to the crockpot not heating up the kitchen.

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    1. My crockpot is my best friend in this rediculous heat! Thank you for hosting again :) Have a great week.

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  3. Congrats! Your Crockpot Country Chicken was the most viewed link (by far!) from last week and will be featured @ this week's See Ya In the Gumbo.

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  4. This looks amazing! Can't wait to try it.

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  5. I tried this last night, and it turned out pretty good once I figured out that using the high setting on my crockpot was too high. It almost dried out after about 2 hours. I added water and turned it to low to cook for a couple more hours. It turned out very good after all. My crockpot is older than God (seriously, I've had it since 1983), but it still does a pretty good job!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Those crockpots can be tricky! lol

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  6. Super Yummy! I added fresh mushrooms with the veggies! Definatley going to be made frequently at our house!

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    1. I like the addition of mushrooms! I think I will try that next time :) glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. I tried it but used cream of chicken turned out wonderful

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    1. We used cream of chicken too! It's so yummy :)

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  8. I think adding small yukon gold potatoes might work to make it like a stew and skip having to cook separate noodles or rice...I am making this for a potluck.

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    1. Ooooh! Great idea. I think I will give that a try next time I make it. Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. I just totally messed up the last step meaning I didn't read all the way through so I mixed all the ingredients in the crock pot:( I am hoping for a good turn out anyway!

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  10. Making this as we speak.. Looks good .. Will comment later

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  11. Do you have any ideas to add other than any "cream of" soups"? My husband cannot have any dairy which means no yummy "cream of" soups.

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  12. Made this for supper tonight...it was a big hit! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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  13. Made this for supper tonight was great except a bit too much onion flavors so next time will eliminate onion soup mix and reduce amount of chopped onion.

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  14. Sounds yummy, gonna try this on Thursday. Shop tomorrow, then cook on Thurs, will leave a comment then....

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  15. This sounds and looks super yummy! Thanks for linking to Simple Supper Tuesday!

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  16. Making thus tomorrow can't water. It looks so
    Good

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  17. about cooking times....a few months ago I read an article that said newer crockpots are much hotter than the older models and cooking times need to be adjusted accordingly.

    Shessh! The whole point of a crockpot is slow, attention free cooking! I just wish manufacturers would leave well enough alone......

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  18. Can you use something besides sherry?

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    1. You can use white wine or simply water - but water will make a bit of a change in the flavor.

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  19. I am confused. Early in the recipe directions it says to cook on high 3-4 hours, but later it says to set it on low.

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    1. Hi Jenny, the original recipe called for cooking on high 3 - 4 hours. Like most crockpot recipes you can also choose to cook it on a lower temperature for a longer period of time. I figured I would cook it on low so it would take 5 hours or so.... Unfortunately my crockpot cooked it in 3 hours on low as my crockpot tends to cook way hotter than most. That is why I said it really helps to know your crockpot. I didn't say to cook it on low - I just mentioned that I tried to cook it on low so it would take longer (which ended up not being the case). Hope that clears up any confusion.

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  20. Thank you for responding so quickly! I ended up cooking it on high for 2 hours as the chicken was almost done & then 1 hour on low. Smells wonderful!

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  21. i shred my chicken when cooked and put it back and cook noodles and add directly too it. but I have to add 2 cans soup and a little water. the family loves it so much

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