Friday, October 12, 2012

Recipe - Crock Pot Chicken and Broccoli

So what happens when you have a few things in the fridge to use up and you don't have a lot of time/creative energy to figuring out a meal?

A crock pot meal, of course. :)

I needed a quick recipe a few weeks ago, and Crock Pot Chicken and Broccoli was born!

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I honestly just threw a bunch of stuff in there, and it turned out really great!  Here's what I did.

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (mine were still frozen, but I thawed them out just enough to separate them and butterfly each chicken breast.)
1 large head of broccoli (I just used the those stems for a cream of broccoli soup though!)
2 cans Cream of Mushroom Soup (I use the SOS mix that was 1/2 c SOS mix and 1/4c water)
1 16oz. bottle Italian Dressing
1/2 can (4oz.) Parmesan Cheese
1lb. Pasta
4c Chicken Broth
Mix together dressing, parmesan cheese, and soup.
Throw chicken, broccoli, and soup mix in the crock pot on high for 4 hours.  Stir occasionally.

When there is about 30 minutes left, get two forks and shred up the chicken.  Boil the chicken broth on the stove and add pasta for maybe 1-2 minutes...just enough to take the edge off.  Don't overcook the pasta - it makes the recipe soggy!  Add all of this (broth and all) to the crock pot (careful, it's hot!).  Stir well.  It might be a little runny at this stage, but it will thicken up after a little bit.
Serve hot and enjoy!