Recipes

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Crock Pot Chicken Recipe


I know, I know, I am late in posting.  I am sorry.  Once again I got caught up with projects and fell behind.

I owe you a recipe.  I have one, just for you.  As usual, I will give it to you the way it is written and then I will tell you my mistakes/corrections.



This recipe is from Taste of Home magazine, the August/September 2012 issue.

Lemon Chicken Breasts with Veggies

1 lb. fresh baby carrots
3 cups cubed red potatoes
1 pkg. (14 oz.) frozen pearl onions, thawed
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
6 bone in chicken breast halves skin removed
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp salt.

Combine carrots, potatoes, onions and celery in a 5 or 6 Qt. slow cooker.  Top with chicken.  Combine the soup, water, lemon juice, parsley, thyme, pepper and salt: pour over top.  Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until a thermometer reads 170.

First let me say that I am not necessarily a huge fan of crock pot meals. They generally don't do much for me but we do have a couple recipes that are good.  

The first two times I made this recipe, we thought it was good.  I will say that our chicken breasts were big and I made it with only two chicken breasts.  I could not have fit 6 in the crock pot!  I don't know that you could fit 6 in with all the other ingredients. I also used Cream of Mushroom low sodium soup.



I know it says it is lemon chicken breasts but I did not find it to be overly "lemony".  I like lemon taste but I did not notice it.

Then came the third time I made it.  I was busy and distracted.  I forgot to put the potatoes in the pot.  And I discovered that I didn't have the frozen pearl onions.  I was sure I had them but I didn't.  I just cut up an onion and put it in the pot.  Then I discovered that the celery was not very appealing so I didn't use that either.

I thought that when I made the mistakes that it was even better.  In the original recipe, the chicken was white.  I know that sounds odd but it just was really white. In the mistaken version, it was golden brown. With the mistake, it was visually more appealing.  In either version, the chicken is very tender.  To make up for forgetting the potatoes, I did quickly microwave a couple of potatoes to go with the meal.

So there is one of my new favorite meals.  It is EASY to make and if you want to judge from my abilities, pretty mistake proof!

Thanks for reading!