This Cream of Chicken Recipe is just the ticket if you are looking for an easy slow cooker and kid-friendly recipe.
Did I mention the prep time for this slow cooker chicken is just 8 minutes?
As a bonus, we show you how to convert this crock-pot chicken recipe into a fast Instant Pot Creamy Chicken. (You can make it in the oven as well!)
Now let’s find out how to make this slow cooker creamed chicken, time’s a-ticking’!
Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Recipe
Have you ever taken a scavenger hunt in your freezer? Dan did last night and found some frozen chicken tenderloins.
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.
Always trying to make up new kid-friendly recipes, I wondered what sort of chicken tenderloins recipes I could make in less than 10 minutes before I left for work?
This sounded like a challenge, and I was completely up for it. Game on.
“I ran around the kitchen opening and closing cabinets. The first thing I grabbed was the crockpot.”
As the 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 the 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 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 a little dramatic, but go with it. 4 minutes to go…
Off to the crockpot, 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 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 an 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 pleased with this combination, but I knew that something was missing. Oh yeah, vegetables. That was it. Game over.
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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.
Do you know what I mean? The prepackaged fresh vegetables that you just put in the microwave and cook.
It’s not often you can sneak a healthy portion of veggies into kid-friendly recipes.
The frozen veggies are a game-changer if you’re short on time Quickly I ran to the fridge to retrieve them. 2 minutes to go.
I tore open the bag and poured into my crockpot. Added a little salt and pepper and placed the cover on the crock-pot.
With one minute left to go, I turned the crockpot 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.
This is going to be one of the best chicken tenderloin recipes ever, I just knew it!
After coming back to my senses, I grabbed my computer bag, my cup of coffee, and headed out to start my workday.
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 Cream of Chicken Recipe. I know that your family will enjoy it as much as ours did.
Check out some of our other popular Slow Cooker Recipes for Kids:
- Slow Cooker Beef Tips Dinner
- Slow Cooke Shredded Beef Barbecue
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes & Ham
- Slow Cooker Sticky Caramel Pumpkin Cake
Slow Cooker Chicken Expert Food Hint
- Make th cream of chicken recipe in the oven! Place in a deep casserole dish or Dutch oven. Bake at 400° F for 30 minutes covered, with either foil or lid.
- Serve with Crusty Homemade Bread and Roasted Garlic Squash.
Finally, this easy crockpot chicken recipe is an ideal choice if you want to contribute a meal to your local homeless shelter.
We have more Ideas for Making Meals for the Homeless as well.
Readers’ FAQ and Comments for this Crockpot Chicken Recipe
Can I make this crockpot cream of chicken recipe in the oven?
- Yes. Bake at 400° in a convered baking dish, such as a Dutch Oven.
Can I use frozen chicken breasts for this chicken crockpot recipe?
- We don’t recommend putitng frozen meat in a crockpot, although many people will do this.
Can I use mayonnasie instead of sour cream for this cream of chicken recipe?
- Yes, but add it at the end, just prior to serving.
Does the chicken need to be cut up before placing in the crock-pot?
- No. You can use whole boneless skinless chicken breast for this crockpot chicken.
Can I make this Cream of Chicken Recipe in the Instant Pot?
- Yes, you can make this cream of chicken in the instant pot!
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken
Use the same ingredients for this easy crockpot chicken to make instant pot creamy chicken in about 30 minutes!
Instructions for Instant Pot Creamy Chicken
- Place 1 to 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts in the instant pot.
- Add 1 cup of broth.
- For frozen chicken breasts, pressure cook on manual setting for 6 minutes.
- For thawed chicken breasts, pressure cook on manual setting for 4 minutes.
- Do a natural release of 6 minutes for both frozen and thawed chicken breasts.
- If using frozen vegetables, thaw them in a sink of warm water while the chicken is in the instant pot.
- Remove chicken from the Instant Pot after a 6 minute natural release, tent with foil and set aside, reserving liquid.
- For the pasta either prepare it according go package instructions on the stove top or in the instant pot.
- If using the Instant Pot to cook the pasta, add 12 oz of pasta to the reserved liquid.
- Add tap water to cover the pasta by 1/2 an inch.
- Pressure cook on manual setting for 2 minutes and use a quick release.
- Stir in the cheese, vegetables, and sour cream and then return chicken breasts to the Instant Pot and serve.
Adjust the flavors of this Instant Pot creamy chicken to your individual preference.
- I used about 4 cups of shredded cheese in this version.
- In lieu of onion powder, I used a teaspoon of minced garlic.
- I added a pinch of kosher salt.
- Make it your own and use what you have on hand!
Helpful Readers’ Comments for this Cream of Chicken Recipe
- Have the slow cooker set on low when adding the ingredients.
- Omit carrots and noodles to cut carbs.
- Substitute chopped onions or dry onion soup mix for onion powder.
- Use cream of mushroom soup instead of cream of chicken soup or a combination of the two.
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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
- 1 cup water or broth Optional in crock-pot version but not optional in Instant Pot Creamy Chicken version.
- 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
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- 12 oz. egg noodles for a side
- Combine in a crockpot cream of chicken soup, water, 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, pepper, and onion powder 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.