Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken
Fri 27th, Jul, 2012
Aloha Beach Cottage recipe girls, today I have one of my favourite recipes in the world, super easy, super tasty and can be dumped in your slow cooker / crockpot before you go out or put together on the top when you run in the door…we like those Too Easy dumpable recipes, don’t we?
Right, now, if you are on a serious diet, either leave this blog pretty pronto or do an extra kilometre in your walking because this may go straight to your thighs. I must say though my thighs quite like it – it’s creamy and soft and garlicy and yummy and has Rosemary and wine and oh the list goes on and on.
But as ever in this old cottage, deep Down Under, in the depths of that place where the sun often shines and people call you ‘mate’ this is firstly a mega easy chicken recipe, you could, at a push, produce it with your eye’s shut…and secondly it uses fresh, natural, easy ingredients..
One of the things that I love about Australia is the produce and its accessibility…I was, to put it simply, flabbergasted by the produce and groceries when we moved here…and many other English girls I know feel the same….I came here from a land where it was unusual to see a greengrocers…all had long gone, to be replaced by the giants – but I did wonder if I would be able to get some of the groceries and staples I had come to love in England that were perhaps a bit more unusual – but far from not being able to get them, many grocers provide an extensive range of products from all corners of the globe.
And oh boy do I ever revel in that.
It did make me laugh when I came here to see a certain salt, made famous by a few of those TV chefs in England, and local to me in Kent, right slap bang, piled up to the ceiling in an Aussie grocers and cheaper here than over there!
It is not lost on me every day when I pass my favourite market that I have this amazing selection of groceries and fresh food at my fingertips…I love food, I try to eat un-processed stuff, I cook real meals for the Crew in this old cottage most days and I love that it’s easy for me to get fresh food easily.
So this recipe ticks all the Beach Cottage Too Easy recipe boxes – it uses everyday fresh ingredients, can be left happily to sit on its own, is easy to throw together but the most important thing, it makes it look like all of these things are in fact untrue and that you stayed, all day, tied to the kitchen, apron on, stirring and whizzing and chopping while all else were out and about doing their thing..
This chicken recipe is also fab because it can be foofed…meaning you can fancy it up a bit if you have people over… throw in a few posh mushrooms, add the odd fancy schmancy loaf of oh-so-rustic bread on the side, preclude it with some delightful little bits from the deli and serve it with some designer greens and those guests that you invited over and wished you hadn’t will think you all the better
Righto so this started in my life years ago back in the Old Country when I was saddled with a huge third baby and could just about get dressed in the mornings, I was looking for something to throw in the slow cooker / crockpot to go with chicken in the fridge…I found this recipe, it included not wine but a tin of condensed chicken soup and cream cheese (as do many recipes you might find for the slow cooker – and purrrlease do not discount, or turn your nose up at this adding of convenience soup to a piece of meat and some onions served with some fresh veggies – throw this in in the morning on low and come home, still to a home-cooked meal…..a can of soup in that situation is miles better than a take-away pizza in my humble opinion) …I threw it all in about lunchtime, mixed it together and hoped for the best…it’s has been on the menu here ever since…the kiddos like it, but it’s me that loves it – I love the garlic and the herbs with the creamy cheese…though I have to say this is coming from someone who eats cream cheese (please don’t even think about low-fat version) straight from the fridge by the spoonful…
As it evolved I left out the soup and instead just added wine, stock and big handfuls of herbs from the garden, or whatever I had on hand….slowly that whittled down to, if I had it, Rosemary and parsley and often sage too…but really, any that are to hand…
This recipe sings with fresh herbs though and I recommend that you include them if you can…
Beach Cottage Recipe
Crockpot / Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken
1 kg chicken breasts or thighs
3 cloves garlic
2 sprigs fresh Rosemary very finely chopped
handful fresh Parsley
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup stock
I cup (packed) cream cheese
2 x medium onions finely chopped
1. add onion, garlic, herbs, chicken, white wine and stock to crockpot / slow cooker
2. leave on low 4 hours (check the consistency of the sauce – slow cookers cook differently, if too watery, turn to high and leave the lid ajar for a bit)
3. about an hour before eating, roughly ‘chop’ the cream cheese into smaller pieces and add cream cheese to crock and stir through
Serve over rice and fresh veggies
Beach Cottage Recipe Notes : *as always sub fresh herbs for dried if you don’t have any fresh – whatever makes your life easier and means your family get a home cooked meal – mixed Italian herbs thrown in here work fine *guessing you could sub the cream cheese for low fat cream cheese if you like *you can make this on the stove top or in the oven, about an hour, adding the cream cheese about 15 mins before eating *chop the Rosemary very finely if you don’t like little bits, I don’t care about that *throw in an extra clove of garlic if like me you love it, lose one if you don’t *a squeeze of lemon doesn’t go amiss here and there
Crockpot Notes : I have been getting lots of emails about crockpots – it seems they all cook differently so if you are new to this cooking, it will be a learning curve, I have got to know mine now – you will too. This dish can be left all day also, but, depending on your crock and how hot it cooks you may need to add some more stock so that it doesn’t dry out over a whole day. Also you can whack it over to high and lessen the cooking time….just keep an eye on it every now and then
While we are talking about food and recipes and all things lovely and fresh I would like to let you know that Harris Farm Markets are currently running a competition, click here for more info (and this post is brought to you by them – I love that and I love Harris Farm – it is a place that is part of my new life in Australia and has been since about the day we landed ….I love the flowers, the plethora of Aussie fruit and vegetables, the special offers, the groceries, the ooodles of fresh Aussie things, the dairy produce, I like to swipe a recipe card at the counter, I simply adore that it’s still family-run and I love the little leaflet that shows you Dave’s tips on what is in season and how to cook it. Dave Harris is the founder of Harris Farm Markets and is the go-to guy on fresh produce – he’s been in the job for 40 years!
Oh and the Facebook page isn’t bad either. If you ‘like’ the page, you’ll get weekly updates on what’s in season, picks of the week and lots of fresh produce recipes.
So if you fancy a chance of winning $1000 to spend on all things fresh head over to Facebook, tell them the girl from abeachcottage with the creamy thighs sent you – it’s too easy, go here to the Facebook page for a chance to win!
That’s it from me with this Beach Cottage Chicken Recipe for your slow cooker or crock pot…I hope you like it ladies…this one sure is a keeper…team it with some fresh greenery and bob is your crockpot-get-the-dinner-on-the-table uncle
Oh and remember if you make this I would love your feedback if you get time – a lot of the Beach Cottage Recipes are gathering comments, so it’s a good resource to go back to
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