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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Crowd Pleaser Chicken

This was hands down a crowd pleaser in my house. It is a recipe I came across a while ago on food.com and I made a few adjustments. My kids literally loved this and did not seem to notice the veggies. It is rich and creamy and just really good. Really good.

  • 8 ounces noodles (I do not suggest a fettuccine type noodle or the like, a thicker different shaped noodle works best)
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, diced (any type, I used left over rotisserie)
  • 1/2 cupgreen pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cupcelery, diced
  • 1/2 cuponion, diced
  • 4 ounces canned mushrooms don't buy the cheap ones...this matters (I used organic golden mushrooms, fantastic flavor)
  • 1/2 cupchicken broth
  • 1/2 cupParmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1 1/2 cupssmall curd cottage cheese
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup

cook noodles per package instructions until almost done...a little firm.  Mix with all of the rest of the ingredients.  Make sure it is mixed thoroughly so the noodles do not stick together.  Spray your crock.  Put mix into crock and spread around so it is even.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  DO NOT...I REPEAT DO NOT LIFT THE LID.  You want it to bake and make a crusty brown outer edge.   Serve and enjoy.

I was not able to put this all together before leaving for work in the morning so I made it the night before and it worked fine.  I just pulled it out of the fridge and put the timer on. 

36 comments:

  1. I just came across your blog from pinterest and you have some recipes that look amazing! I can't wait to try them! I wish that you had an email link so I could subscribe by email!!!

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    1. I use feedburner for my blog. If I recall correctly it was pretty easy to set up too! =)

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  2. I love this sounds so yummy! I also found you from pintrest! I will be trying this one out later thos week. Thanks a bunch for taking the time to post these lovely ideas!

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  3. Sounds really good. Im printing this one.

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  4. Found you on Pinterest and this looks amazing!! Wish there was a Link to follow your blog!

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    1. How do I do that? I would be happy to but I am not too computer savvy!

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  5. I am going to try to put something together to help you get a link to your blog with complete instructions. I'll post them when I have them all together. Your recipes look amazing and I too found you on Pinterest. I am sure you'd get quite a following just from Pinterest. Happy crocking!

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  6. Trying this tonight! Thanks! Looks so good!

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  7. This is in the crockpot right now and the whole house smells great! I scrolled through all your recipes and made sure to buy everything I needed to make two or three of these while at the grocer today. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. I want to try this but make it in the oven any suggestions on time and temp?

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  9. I just baked this for almost 1 hr at 350-375 instead of the crockpot method. Looks great! Gonna wait till it cools to chow down!

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  10. I just put this in the crockpot. Again I doubled it and I think it went fine. The only thing I did not have was enough Parmesan, though I did have some, and I didn't have any basil! It still smelled great putting it together though so I am not worried.

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  12. I made this yesterday, my family loved the flavor! I used penne, cooked to al dente prior, but the pasta was overcooked when it came out of the crock. Has anyone tried putting the pasta in uncooked? Instead of canned mushrooms, I subbed sauteed portabellos and it was delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!

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    1. I am so glad you liked it! I like the idea of fresh mushrooms!

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    2. I used whole wheat macaroni, turned the heat to high and put them in 35 min prior to eating. They turned out perfectly. Use this link to help you figure out when to put your pasta in: http://www.onedishdinners.com/2011/05/when-to-add-pasta-to-slow-cooker.html

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  13. I, too, am concerned about the pasta overcooking... was hoping for an answer to Mrs. R's question. No one likes mushy pasta... Otherwise, it looks promising...

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  14. I think the trick is putting the pasta in a little under cooked. Mine was not mushy.

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  15. I just made this tonight and I cooked the pasta for only a couple of minutes ahead of time and it was what my 5 year old described as "gooey." I definitely think you could put the pasta in uncooked. I did have mine in the crock pot for the whole 8 hours though.

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  16. I made this tonight and it was very good! However I did change a few things.
    I didn't cook my noodles before putting them in.
    I did add 1 cup of the chicken broth -- to help cook the noodles.
    I used 4 fresh mushrooms instead of canned.
    I did 1 cup parmesan cheese.
    I used three frozen chicken breast, thawed. I cut them up and cooked them about half way through with the remaining can of chicken broth.
    I put this on low in my crock pot for 4 hours, then tested the noodles. They were just about done so I turned it onto warm for an hour and it was perfect. I know it says not to lift the lid, but I did once to try the noodles and I still have a crunch on mine. I will be making this one again!

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  17. This is in my crock pot as we speak! Love your headline, about " Does making a healthy meal for your family during the work week seem impossible? That's a crock!!" It is a crock. Cant stand people making excuses about not having time to cook, MAKE THE TIME!

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  18. I dont care for cottage cheese, can I use ricotta or sour cream?

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  19. Can you really put your crock in the fridge the night before and put it on low in the morning? I've always been scared it will crack the pot while I'm gone!!

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  20. Could you put this all together and freeze, then thaw and put in crockpot? I am way into frreezer meals, and was wondering of this one would work.

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  21. i did everything you said. it tastes beautiful. I added large curd cottage cheese because I almost never ever eat that and I had no clue what I was buying. Loved the celery. added a great texture. I cooked it for about half the time (3 hours). noodles were great and chicken was cooked. I cooked them less than half way through before I put them in the crock pot. I was unsure if this was going to taste good but your picture sold me and it tastes DELICIOUS. thank you! =) >.<

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  22. Do you know the nutrition facts? I would love to have them so that I know the calories and fat in each serving.
    Thanks

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    1. I entered the calories in caloriecount.com. Not sure if I got everything exactly right but this should be very close. I'm trying this for the first time now!

      alories
      399
      Calories from Fat
      144
      % Daily Value*
      Total Fat
      16.0g
      25%
      Saturated Fat
      8.5g
      42%
      Cholesterol
      72mg
      24%
      Sodium
      560mg
      23%
      Total Carbohydrates
      35.2g
      12%
      Dietary Fiber
      2.6g
      10%
      Sugars
      2.8g
      Protein
      27.1g
      Vitamin A 11% • Vitamin C 20%
      Calcium 23% • Iron 10%


      Read more: http://caloriecount.about.com/crowd-pleaser-chicken-recipe-r1241726#ixzz2HJTDhq98

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  23. This looks delicious and I like all the positive comments. Will be trying this in my new crockpot...thank you!

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  24. I'm going to cook this tomorrow. Debating on whether or not I shoud cook the noodles ahead of time or not. There seems to be mixed reviews on that????

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  25. i actually try this recipes once when i visited my husband hometown ,even attempted to cooking it (my mother inlaw thought me) well its very delicous and also tasty meals indeed

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  26. i try this recipes once when i went to my husband neighborhood ,also attempted to cook it (my mother inlaw thought me) well its really delicous and very tasty dish indeed

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  27. This looks like the perfect comfort food for the upcoming cold front we will be stuck in for a bit! Thank you for sharing! <3

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  28. boy did I take some liberties with this recipe..not cuz I thought I could do better, just because I was crazy desperate to get something in the Crock that would be edible @ dinner time. I boiled the pasta for 3 minutes then boiled frozen chicken while I put all the other stuff together. I didn't have mushrooms so I used cream of mushroom soup instead of COChick. Also didn't have cottage cheese so I threw in an 8 oz block of cream cheese. It was still really good and really easy. Thanks for saving me today!

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