I love cream cheese. LOVE it. I try not to eat too much of it though, mostly because society says I have to wear pants, and if I ate as much cream cheese as I want to, I wouldn't have any pants that fit. I am telling you this because when I saw that last week's Crock Pot Thursday recipe was Cream Cheese Chicken from Food.com, I knew I would like it. This recipe could have just been chicken covered in cream cheese, and I would have been licking the bowl. It was rich and delicious, as I knew it would be, and even my cream cheese hating brother-in-law liked this one.
Cream Cheese ChickenINGREDIENTS3 lbs chicken pieces
- 1 (2/3 ounce) package Italian salad dressing mix
- 4 tablespoons melted butter ( divided)
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 (10 1/2 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- Place chicken pieces in crock pot and sprinkle Italian seasoning over chicken. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons melted butter.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a sauce pan and saute onion and garlic. Add cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, and chicken broth. Stir until smooth.
- Add this mixture to crock pot and cook on low for an additional hour.
- This was so good! I love a good and easy crock and this totally makes the cut! I did make one change and that was instead of adding an Italian seasoning packet and 2 tbsp melted butter, I just added 3 tbsp of Italian salad dressing. I would do this next time too... It was great! Our family served with mashed potatoes and we all (even my 2 year old) thought it was great. I should also mention that my husband HATES cream cheese and normally I would substitute for sour cream but I decided to stick with the heart of the recipe and he didn't even notice! (Note: Sarah cooked it for 4 hours on low for the first step and another hour after adding the final ingredients.)
I made a modification that I would recommend to those of you who are out of the house all day. I put everything in the slow cooker (except the cream cheese) and cooked it on low for six hours. The cream cheese was added immediately before serving. If you are familiar with Crock Pot Thursday, you know that any steps that dirty another dish annoy me, and on this particular day, I wasn't home to add the extra step an hour before serving. It turned out great, and I think sauteing the garlic and onion is a totally unnecessary step if it's cooking for six hours. A handy alternative for someone who truly needs to set it and forget it. We served it with rice one night and mashed potatoes the next, and my husband preferred the rice while I liked the mashed potatoes. The kids didn't like the looks of it, and since I didn't want to share, I didn't force them to eat it. If they would have tried it, they would have liked it. Suckers.