Sunday, April 13, 2014

Crock-Pot Italian Chicken and Rice

It's been a long weekend. CM has rejoined the National Guard, so he's had his first drill back this weekend. AB is sick, and CD is his usual handful. Today (Sunday), I haven't been able to put him down for more than 5 minutes without him waking up, so I've gotten absolutely no house work done... or any work. It's been killing me because my mother-in-law is kindly taking care of AB, so I want to be able to do some kind of cleaning to get some work done. And yet, you can't clean when the newborn starts screaming because you put him down. So my dinner tonight takes a grand total of about 15 minutes to prep, and it's not even 15 minutes all at once! Half of that time comes just from cooking rice right before serving.  

Tonight, I'm making the incredibly easy Italian chicken and rice. It's one of my favorites because of the flavor, but also because it's just really simple to throw together on a day when you're tired (and frustrated).

Here's what you need:
  • 4 medium or large chicken breasts
  • 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 8oz block of cream cheese (softened is best, but it works if it's not softened)
  • 1 C of sour cream
  • 1 packet of Good Seasons Italian Seasonings Mix
  • Rice
Here's what you do:
  • Put the chicken into the crock pot.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to blend the soup, cream cheese, sour cream, and seasonings mix until it's smooth.
  • Dump the mixture over the chicken and spread it to make sure all of the chicken is covered.
  • Cover the Crock-Pot and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  • When it's finished, let it sit on warm while you cook your rice.
  • Make sure to cover the rice and chicken with tons of the delicious, creamy sauce!

If you'd like, you can shred the chicken to make it easier to serve more than 4 people, but since it's just CM and me, I usually don't bother with shredding it. On top of that, you can also make it with pasta instead of rice. CM loves it with egg noodles. I haven't tried it with other pastas yet, but I can't imagine that some penne (my favorite type of pasta) covered with the sauce would be bad.

Anyway, let me know what you think of it when you make it, and be sure to share the recipe with everyone!

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  1. I love recipes like this, throw it in the crockpot and then later have something creamy and dreamy! Good luck with your new baby!

    1. Thank you! They're the best kinds of recipes, if you ask me. It's not easy to cook something extensive when you have a toddler running around and a newborn who wants to be held all the time! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. This looks like something I need to make! I love crockpot recipes, sometimes it's hard to get something made in the evening when all the babies are fussy lol

    1. I know EXACTLY what you mean. My 2 year old is starting to have his attachment issues, so he doesn't like when I'm going back and forth between the kitchen and living room since the baby gate is in his way. This is perfect because after prepping, I don't have to go back in there until I make the noodles or rice!

  3. I love crockpot recipes, I will have to try this soon! Pinned! Thanks again for sharing at our party! Lou Lou Girls