Chew This! Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing

Happy “Chew This!” Sunday! As many of you know, I write a food column for “The Courier-Times” on the first and third Sundays of each month called “Chew This!” I absolutely love it and love sharing my family recipes, stories and memories. If you are in the Henry County, Indiana area – pick up a copy of the newspaper today and let me know what you think! If you are not, but would still like to take a look, sign up for an online subscription at http://thecouriertimes.com Need help with the online signing up!? Write to me and I will be happy to help! blaisethebaker@gmail.com

My newest recipe is a slow cooker favorite around here! It is so easy – so delicious – and so flavorful that you will not believe it! When I developed this recipe I wanted to take your traditional turkey and dressing and up the flavor – ease – and I wanted to use chicken instead. All in all – fabulous results the first try! I tweaked the type of cheese – cook time – amount of cream soup and it was a hit! So many of my taste testers asked for this recipe – here you go!

I am also sharing my recipe for the perfect go-to sides with this meal – honey corn and cooked to death green beans – I mean how bad could that be!?

Also my “Ask and Answer” feature is all about how to make your own version of the popular canned cream soups! Phyllis Riggs shared with me her recipe and I am passing that along to you!


Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing

The following “Chew This!” column has been reprinted from “The Courier-Times”, Sunday, May 7th 2017 edition. By: Blaise Doubman 

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing is Family Favorite
Blaise Doubman

I love recipe developing and especially love recipe developing meals in a slow cooker. Throw everything together, go about your day and come back to a delicious and flavorful meal! The recipe I am sharing with you all today is no different in that it contains tons of delicious flavor and texture, but it is different in how it is prepared. Everything is layered together and topped with cubed stuffing, almost like a casserole, and the finished result is nothing short of amazing! I have made this meal several times for family and friends and every time I serve it, people go crazy! Serve it alongside honey corn and cooked to death green beans for the perfect meal! To make the honey corn combine canned corn and a couple tablespoons honey in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat about 20 minutes. To make the cooked to death green beans add 2 cans of undrained green beans to a medium pot and fill over half with water. Place in a chicken bouillon cube and boil on high for 40 minutes at least.

What exactly is the difference between dressing and stuffing? I have often found myself wondering the same question and thought that it would really depend on where you were from or how you were raised as to what you called either dressing or stuffing. The correct answer? Dressing is served alongside the meat, as a dressing – whereas stuffing is actually stuffed into the meat! For example chicken and stuffing would be a chicken filled with stuffing, whereas the recipe I am sharing with everyone today is chicken served alongside dressing, so it is called dressing, almost like a side dish. How easy is that to remember?

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing

If you can not find cream of chicken and mushroom soup – it is like the best of both worlds combined – you can substitute one can of cream of chicken soup and one can of cream of mushroom soup. I use Campbell’s brand. Also be sure to use an herbed stuffing mix with nothing else added. My favorite brand is Pepperidge Farm. You can find this in a clear plastic bag either in the crouton area or the stuffing mix area in your local grocery store.

4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
8 slices Swiss cheese
2 cans cream of chicken and mushroom soup
1 can chicken broth
¼ cup milk
2 cups herb stuffing mix
1 stick (4 oz.) salted butter, melted
Salt and Pepper

Start by lining your slow cooker with a slow cooker plastic liner and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.

Place in the boneless skinless chicken breasts and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place the slices of Swiss cheese evenly over the top of the chicken breasts.

In a medium sized bowl combine the cans of cream soup with the chicken broth and milk. Whisk together well before pouring over the cheese and chicken.

Evenly sprinkle the herb stuffing mix over the contents in the slow cooker.

Drizzle evenly the melted butter over the herb stuffing mix.

Cook on low 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours, being sure to check for doneness.

Once cooked, serve and enjoy!

Ask and Answer: While I was posting my recipe development process of this dish on my Facebook page, I had a friend write with a suggestion that I thought I would share here with everyone. Phyllis R. suggested instead of using canned cream soups – make your own! She said to make a roux with butter and flour, add sautéed chopped mushrooms, chicken and stock with garlic, salt, pepper add cream and cook it down. Can also use sautéed celery and onions. She suggested to pour the finished mixture into ice cube trays and freeze until ready to use. 2-3 frozen cubes equal about 1 can of soup. She also said she really doesn’t follow a recipe but instead uses whatever she has. Finished cream soup is silky and flavorful.

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Here are the ingredients / brands that I use for this recipe that I thought I would share.

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Grandma Barbra’s Slow Cooker Pork Roast 

This recipe comes straight from my Grandma Barbra. She served this for Easter and everyone went crazy so naturally I had to find out the recipe!

Grandma Barbra’s Slow Cooker Pork Roast

1 pork roast (between 2-3 pounds)
1 bottle Italian salad dressing
3/4 cup water
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper

In a shallow baking dish combine the pork roast with the bottle of Italian salad dressing. Cover with aluminum foil and place into the refrigerator overnight – or at least 6 hours.

Line your slow cooker with a plastic slow cooker liner, for easier cleanup, or lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Place pork roast inside carefully along with water. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. 

Cook on high for 4 hours. Turn down and cook on low for 4 additional hours. At the end of the cooking time, shread the pork with two forks. 

Serve on hamburger buns with BBQ sauce and pickles if desired. 

Enjoy!

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Chew This! Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles 

I LOVE slow cooker chicken and noodles and this recipe is the only recipe I use. It comes to me straight from my Mom, Darla and she’s been making it for years! You can add whatever spice you want, even lemon or fennel, and it turns out fabulous every single time!

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles

The following “Chew This!” column has been reprinted from “The Courier-Times”, Sunday, December 4th 2016 edition. By: Blaise Doubman 

A Warm, Comforting and Healing Slow Cooker Meal
Blaise Doubman

My Mom, Darla, makes this recipe a few times a month and it is delicious each and every time! You would think that chicken and noodles would really be more of a winter comfort food but I firmly believe that this is more than just comfort food, it is healing food. Sometimes, no matter the time of year or temperature, you just need something that warms and comforts the soul. This recipe provides that and so much more. Whenever my Mom makes this I am immediately taken back to my childhood when I would smell this cooking from the kitchen as I walked through the front door. Whenever I am feeling down or low and need a pick me up, somehow my Mom always knows exactly what I need; a huge bowl full of chicken and noodles.

My Mom makes this in the slow cooker, which is how I make it because it was the way I was taught. Cooking the chicken in a slow cooker, low and slow, really makes the chicken so tender and flavorful that you may never cook your chicken any other way again! After the chicken cooks and you remove it from the slow cooker, it leaves behind some of the most delicious chicken stock you can imagine. The chicken juices join with the butter, water and seasonings and create, what my Mom calls, “liquid gold”. I’ve always heard that chicken and chicken soup had healing properties and after many bowls of this, I am a firm believer.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles

You can substitute chicken thighs or chicken breasts for the whole chicken in this recipe. If you prefer to use homemade noodles use your favorite recipe or try this one – Mix together 2 tablespoons milk with 1 large egg. Stir this mixture into 1 cup white all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Stir this mixture with a fork until it forms a ball. Roll the dough out on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin until about the thickness of a dime. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into thin strips, lightly flour again and place on floured baking sheet. Use as desired. For this recipe, add right into the slow cooker.

2-3 pound whole chicken, rinsed and pat dry
4 cups cold water
1 stick (4 oz.) salted butter, cubed
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 package (24 oz.) Amish noodles, fresh or frozen

Start by lightly spraying your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray, or place in a slow cooker plastic liner and tuck around the rim. Place the prepared whole chicken inside and sprinkle with the salt and black pepper. Add in the cold water and scatter around the cubed salted butter.

Place on the lid and cook on the low setting for 4 hours.

After the chicken has cooked, remove the lid and carefully lift the chicken out of the slow cooker and into a large bowl. Allow the chicken to cool for several minutes before moving on. Using a portable strainer, strain the chicken stock and remove any impurities.

After the chicken has cooled to the touch, remove the meat from the bones, discarding from the bowl the chicken bones, skin, fatty areas, and anything else undesirable.

After discarding, you should be left with only the chicken meat. Using two forks shred the meat into large bite-size pieces and place them carefully back into the slow cooker.

Add in the noodles, stir and cover. Cook an additional hour on the low setting.

Serve when the noodles are cooked through and everything hot.

Ask and Answer: Jamie, “jmnich77” on Instagram, asked what the difference was between my “Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie”, that can be found in Donna Cronk’s book, “That Sweet Place”, and the Kentucky version called, “Kentucky Sugar Cream Pie”. The difference, other than the geographical location, is that the official Kentucky version is made using brown sugar, whereas Indiana’s version is made using white granulated sugar.

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Slow Cooker Old-Fashioned Mushroom and Onion Roast

I am really starting to embrace the slow cooker and everything it can do. For some reason I feel wonderfully “old fashioned” whenever I pull it out and sit it on the cabinet. Do not ask me why – I just do. Perhaps because the slow cooker was used a lot when I was younger – and I have fond memories of my Grandparents, as well as my Mom using it quite frequently.

I admit that it took me a little time to warm up to the whole slow cooker idea – perhaps because I am so impatient on things – but I am really loving the concept…now.

This recipe is one that both my Grandma and Mom have used over the years. The flavor and texture of the meat is delicious and moist while the vegetables are perfecty cooked. I am sure most of you have heard of this recipe, or at least a version of it, but my personal favorite is my version, here…

Sidenote – I originally “shared” this recipe with my followers on Snapchat. If you have Snapchat, follow me there. My username is, “blaisethebaker”. Notice in the picture how I spelled “potatoes”. It is obvious I am not the world’s best speller – and it is also obvious that Snapchat does not come with spell check… Ha!

  

Slow Cooker Old-Fashioned Mushroom and Onion Roast

4 cups washed and diced potatoes
4 cups mini carrots
1 package dry onion soup mix
1 can cream of mushroom soup
4-5 pounds chuck eye roast, cut in half

Start by lightly spraying your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.

Add the washed and diced potatoes with the mini carrots to the slow cooker and then add in the dry onion soup mix and the can of cream of mushroom soup. Stir everything together well.

Place the cut chuck eye roast on top of the coated vegetables. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 5 hours.

Enjoy!

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Chew This! Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Vegetables

There has been a lot of people write to me and ask if I had a recipe for a complete “slow cooker” meal. I have a few slow cooker recipes, but nothing that could be labeled a “complete meal”. I decided to have some fun with this one, and add potatoes, carrots and pearl onions. The result? Fantastic! Of course, I made it several more times just to be sure – and, my hunches were right…fabulous!

This recipe is versatile and can be made with other vegetables, of course, but I find the combination of potatoes, carrots and pearl onions to be perfectly mouthwatering and perfect. I LOVE pearl onions, and really need to use them more in my cooking…but more on that later.

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Vegetables Chew This Blaise Doubman

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Vegetables

The following “Chew This!” column has been reprinted from “The Courier-Times”, Sunday, December 6th 2015 edition. By: Blaise Doubman 

A warm and delicious slow cooker meal, perfect for cold weather…
Blaise Doubman

I have to admit that I’ve never been a slow cooker fan, until recently. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it was because of the “slow cooking” process? I’ve never been one to have an extreme amount of patience, and the whole concept of cooking something over the course of several hours never really appealed to me. If you feel the same way, let me reassure you of something that I’m sure will change your mind. When you cook food low and slow, especially meat, you will have the most succulent and tender piece of meat you can ever imagine. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the process of “slow cooking” and this method can actually be used to benefit you in the long run by eliminating the clean up of several pots and pans, and by adding time to your day.

If you are like almost every single person in the world today, you need more hours in the day, am I right? You work a hectic job, try and get everything done for everybody else and don’t have that much time to cook when you finally get home in the evenings. And believe me, after a full, hectic and stressful day, a warm home cooked meal is exactly what is needed. Grabbing something from a fast food chain just will not warm and comfort the soul like something fresh and made at home where you control what goes in, and stays out, of the finished dish. Prepare this complete meal in the morning, go about your daily life, and come home to a meal that is warm, soothing, flavorful and completely satisfying. Try this worry and hassle free meal for a surefire hit!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Vegetables

It’s essential that you cut the beef roast in half to ensure even cooking. This recipe is very versatile and can be made with a variety of vegetables other than potatoes and carrots. For something different try fennel with the onions, or even fennel, onions, celery and garlic. Experiment with whatever vegetable and flavors you desire. You can also experiment with the types of beef used, and use any boneless cut from the chuck or round – such as a rump roast or a bottom round roast. It’s really about preference. I have found, though, that the boneless beef chuck shoulder roast results in the most tender and succulent result. If you want to add even more flavor to the recipe, brown all sides of the roast in a skillet with a little flour before adding it to your slow cooker. This will develop a “crust” which will help lock in the final juices.

1, 4-5 pound boneless beef chuck shoulder roast
4 large potatoes, washed, peeled, and medium diced
4 large carrots, washed and medium diced
2 cups white pearl onions
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
3 ½ cups water
1 package dry onion soup mix
1 package brown gravy mix
1 package au jus gravy mix

Start by spraying your slow cooker liner with a light coat of non-stick cooking spray.

Place the diced potatoes, diced carrots and pearl onions in the slow cooker, and sprinkle them evenly with the salt and black pepper.

Cut the boneless beef chuck shoulder roast in half with a sharp knife and place it in the slow cooker, on top of the vegetables. Depending on the size of the roast, you may need to push it down into the center of the vegetables, to make sure the lid fits.

Pour in the water, and sprinkle in the dry onion soup mix, brown gravy mix and au jus gravy mix. Place the lid on the slow cooker.

Cook on high for 4 hours, or cook on low for 8 hours.

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Slow Cooker BBQ Pineapple Chicken

I have been getting requests for more chicken recipes on my blog, so I thought I would post one of my current favorites… This recipe, made in a slow cooker, makes the chicken so unbelievably juicy, you will not believe it!

This is amazing served alongside with white (or brown) rice and a roasted vegetable of some kind. (Such as my “Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower”, recipe here – https://blaisethebaker.com/2015/02/20/parmesan-whole-roasted-cauliflower/)

This can also be made WITHOUT the pineapple – no need to adjust anything – just do not add it. BUT – the addition of the pineapple, really adds a “sweet” flavor that goes well with the BBQ taste.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pineapple Chicken Blaise the Baker

Slow Cooker BBQ Pineapple Chicken

4-6 chicken breasts
1 bottle BBQ sauce
1 small can of crushed pineapple

The above ingredients are what I use – everything “normal” size. If you want to use a different flavored BBQ sauce – go ahead. If you want to use a little more / less of the crushed pineapple – feel free! Experiment and have fun!

Start by spraying the inside of your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine the bottle of BBQ sauce and can of crushed pineapple together in a small bowl and stir to combine. Place chicken in slow cooker and pour over BBQ and crushed pineapple mixture. No need to add any other liquid!

Set your slow cooker on…

HIGH for 3 hours and check OR LOW for 5 hours and check.

Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Cherry Cobbler

I found a similar recipe to this on a Facebook posting, and had to try it. The ingredients – only 3 – could be found in any cabinet and the directions could not be any simpler!

I tried it…and loved it! And I think you will to. I DID make some changes to the original recipe, but there are still only 3 ingredients needed.

If you are not a fan of cherry, use apple, blueberry…any type of pie filling will work! Use your favorite…

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Slow Cooker Cherry Cobbler

1 box “classic yellow” cake mix
1 can of pie filling (I used “Comstock” brand)
1 stick of butter, melted

Start by spraying your slow cooker liner with a non-stick cooking spray.

Empty the cake mix into the prepared slow cooker liner and add the can of pie filling and melted butter. Stir everything together until well combined.

Place lid on slow cooker, turn on “high” and bake for 3 hours.

Enjoy!

(This recipe really depends on the SIZE of your slow cooker… I baked mine in a slow cooker with the capacity to hold for eight. If your slow cooker is less than this – adjust the bake time accordingly.)

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