Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken – 8 Minute Prep Time – Have you ever taken a scavenger hunt in your freezer? Dan did last night and found some frozen chicken tenderloins.
Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken
He was nice enough to take them out and put them in the fridge. However, I did not discover this until 10 minutes before I left for work this morning. What could I make with chicken in less than 10 minutes before I left for work? This sounded like a challenge and I was completely up for it. Challenge on.
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Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken -8 Minute Prep Time
“I ran around the kitchen opening and closing cabinets. The first thing I grabbed was the crock pot.”
That was a no brainer. However, the chicken not so much. Clock was ticking. I only had 8 minutes until I had to leave. Next stop the pantry. After shuffling around a few boxes and some cans, I hit pay dirt. A family sized can of cream of chicken soup.
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Now I know that some of you may be shaking your heads at me right now, but I only had 7 minutes to go. I knew that the cream of chicken soup would make a flavorful base for sauce. So with 6 minutes left, I went back to the fridge.
Quickly I pushed aside the milk and yogurt and there it was, the next component of this crock pot challenge, sour cream. Next to that was minced garlic. I sometimes use that for convenience, and boy did I need that now. 5 minutes to go…….
I wasn’t sure where this was going, but I did like the direction it was taking. As I looked down the open refrigerator, I decided to pull open one of the drawers where all of our cheeses live.
I knew that I did not have time to cut any cheese (insert your own joke), but I did have a bag of sharp cheddar cheese. As sweat poured from my brow, I grabbed it. I did not have time. I needed to make a quick decision. OK, maybe I am being a little dramatic, but go with it. 4 minutes to go…..
Off to the the crock pot I flew. First I opened the can and threw in the soup, followed by the sour cream and a handful of cheddar cheese. Frantically I mixed this together to incorporate.
Then some minced garlic was add followed by salt, pepper and some onion powder for taste (mainly because I did not have time to chop on onion). After stirring that together, I added the chicken tenderloins. They were still a little frozen, but what choice did I have? 3 minutes……Ugh.
I was actually pleased with this combination, but I knew that something was missing. Oh yeah, vegetables. That was it. Game over.
I could never chop veggies and add into the crock pot in 3 minutes. But wait. I remembered seeing a steam bag of veggies in the fridge. You know what I mean? The prepackaged fresh vegetables that you just put in the microwave and cook.
This would be a game changer. Quickly I ran to the fridge to retrieve them. 2 minutes to go. I tore open the bag and poured into my crock pot. Added a little salt and pepper and placed the cover on the crock pot.
With one minute left to go, I turned the crock pot on to low and stood back. As if I just won the World Cup, I gave myself a high five and basked in my glory.
After coming back to my senses, I grabbed my computer bag, my cup of coffee and headed out to start my work day. While I know that this may sound a little far fetched, those of you with children or with busy lifestyles know that this type of thing happens every day.
It gets harder and harder sometimes to find easy and quick meals to make for your family. I challenge you to try this Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken recipe. I know that your family will enjoy it as much as ours did. -Scott
Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken - 8 Minute Prep Time.
- 1 lb Chicken tenderloins or boneless chicken breast
- 1 Family sized can of Cream of Chicken Soup
- 2/3 cup of sour cream
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Assorted vegetables for convenience I used a prepackaged bag with carrots, broccoli and cauliflower
- salt and pepper to taste
- 12 oz. egg noodles for a side
Combine in a crockpot cream of chicken soup, sour cream, minced garlic, cheese and salt and pepper.
Add chicken into sauce mixture, make certain to cover chicken with sauce.
Add the vegetables on top of sauce and then add salt and pepper to taste to the vegetables.
Cover and turn crock pot on low. Cooking times will depend on how thick chicken is. Because I used chicken tenderloins which are thinner, chicken was done after 4 1/2 hours. If using a thicker chicken breast, continue in the crock pot until fully cooked.
Before you are ready to serve, prepare egg noodle according to directions on bag.
Stir sauce in crock pot prior to serving.
Serve over egg noodles.