“Go and do, don’t sit and stew.”
I’m on a mission to clean out my freezer. In my freezer are a few dozen jars labeled “soup”. God only knows what combination of ingredients I decided to call soup.
There is also a jar labeled “chicken”, which I know is chicken thigh meat simmered in broth, which seemed like a good idea the day that chicken thighs were on sale. Now what.
There are a few coldish days in the forecast, and my husband will be home this Wednesday for lunch. How about a nice chicken stew made, without fuss, in the crockpot.
2 large boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces, or a jar of cooked chicken pieces from the freezer
1 T butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup baby carrots, cut in half
¾ cup green beans, which I opted out of, adding peas at the end
½ cup celery, diced
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk, whole milk
1/2 cup sour cream or Fage Greek yogurt
1 packet dry ranch dressing mix
S&P to taste
parsley flakes, for garnish, optional
crumbled bacon for garnish, optional
Melt the butter in the crockpot. Add all of the vegetables and stir to coat with the butter.
Sprinkle the diced chicken, if using, with salt and pepper. Add the seasoned chicken to the crockpot.
Mix together the soup, milk, sour cream and ranch dressing mix. Warm the mixture in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Add this mixture to the crockpot.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Low is the best setting with milk and dairy products. If using pre-cooked chicken, as I am, stir it in for the last hour. I also opted out of the green beans and added a half cup of frozen peas, microwaved and added at the end.
Sprinkle with parsley and crumbled bacon. Serve with biscuits and/or mashed potatoes.
I was drawn to this recipe because of the ranch dressing ingredient. I also liked the fact that it was done in the crockpot with everything going in at once. Seemed like a good idea. It was!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.