Thursday, January 30, 2014

Recipe: Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken & Rice

I'm sure I've mentioned before how menu planning has changed and saved my life, and I'll say it again. Menu Planning is really such a great tool, and I know I'm not the first to realize it. Pre-kids, Matt and I were doing it on a more relaxed scale, shopping week to week, but our menu was more relaxed. I've now found it important to plan the meals ahead of time, organize the grocery list with those ingredients, and even find recipes that I can slot into limited time-frames (and yes, I have an excel file to help me accomplish all of this....). 

I've been reading tons of new food and cooking blogs and having a lot of fun testing out a ton of new recipes lately. This Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken & Rice falls into my Slow Cooker Sunday meals. I know the picture is really not that appealing, but the taste of the dish is good, and it was easy to make! How can you not like a recipe that has one step? 

This is a pretty blank canvas to start with, so don't be limited by the below recipe.  You can easily mix up the frozen corn and replace it with peas, broccoli, or carrots, or all three. You could also switch up the cream of chicken soup with mushroom or broccoli. There's a lot of easy ways to add more vegetables to this dish. I actually think adding chopped red peppers at the end would give this a much brighter taste, so I'm going to do that next time.


    2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 cup of rice, cooked
    1 cup cheddar cheese
    1 - 10.5 ounce can cream of chicken soup 
    1-2 cups frozen corn (or other vegetable)


Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker. Scatter chopped onion over top. Spoon cream soup over top of that. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours. A few minutes before serving, shred chicken with a fork and add in cooked rice, corn, and cheese. Stir to combine and let cook 20 minutes longer. Serve hot.

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