Monday, December 10, 2012

Slow Cooker CHEESY Chicken and Rice... EASY Peasy

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COLD... REALLY COLD today in the Cul de Sac.  Which for me usually means I would like a steaming bowl of soup.

This recipe actually makes me ponder where to draw the line between a soup and a casserole dish.  Sort of like a Cajun jambalaya, this is right in the middle.  It starts with a cream of mushroom soup base.  It also has more than a couple of cups of chicken stock.  It looks very soupy right before you add the cheese...


It looks right at home in a soup bowl (above), BUT, it sits nicely on a dinner plate held together with all that cheesy goodness without the confines of a bowl.

Ah well, let's agree to call it a very thick cheesy soup!  And enjoy a bowl of warming comfort on a cold cold day...

This dish was inspired from one I found on Pinterest, from Christy Jordan's Southern Plate blog.  Follow the blue letters to see the link to Christy's original recipe.  I made mine with a roux/cream of mushroom soup vs an easy quick can.  I added more cheese and seasonings, I used a can of creamed corn.  Christy also made hers with boneless skinless raw chicken which cooked up marvelously in the crock pot.  I of course used my beloved store bought, fully cooked, fully seasoned Rotisserie Chicken!

Here's what I did...

Slow Cooker CHEESY Chicken and Rice

  • Set your Slow Cooker on HIGH this will take about 3 Hours...
  • 4 TBS Butter
  • 4 TBS Flour
  • 1 Medium Onion, Sliced and quartered
  • 1/2 Cup Half and Half
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 -8 ounce box Zatarain's Yellow Rice Mix
  • 2-1/2 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 -15 ounce can Creamed Corn
  • 2 Cups Grated Cheese, Good Melting Cheese, I used 1 Cup Smoked Cheddar and 1 Cup Swiss
  • 1/2 Store Bought, pre-cooked, pre-seasoned Rotisserie Chicken (1 Breast quarter, 1 Leg/Thigh quarter), meat removed from bones and diced
  • 1 TBS Dried Herbs, I used a Savory herbes de Provence mix
  • Several turns of a pepper grinder To taste. Add Salt if needed
  • A pinch Paprika for color
Cooking Directions
  1. First, make a Roux... In a large Saute pan, over medium high heat, melt the butter. Add the Flour and stir constantly for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the Onions and stir for another five minutes until the onions begin to soften.
  3. Add the Half and Half and stir to mix. Heat to simmer
  4. Add the mushrooms and continue to simmer for a minute.
  5. Move this condensed mushroom soup (can substitute a can of Cream of mushroom soup) to the crock pot.
  6. Add the Chicken Stock and box of Zatarain's Yellow Rice Mix. Stir everything and close up the lid on the crock pot, set on high and leave alone for 3 hours.
  7. After three hours, the rice is cooked and the soup has thickened. Add the Corn, Cheese and Chicken, dried herbs and pepper and stir.
  8. Allow to cook for 15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the chicken has heated.
  9. Taste and season as needed. I use salted chicken stock and the rotisserie chickens are usually cooked with a salt brine, plus the Zatarain's Yellow Rice Mix has plenty of seasonings, so salt carefully.
  10. Garnish with a pinch of paprika to add color,
  11. Serve HOT and ENJOY!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Recipes for Soup, Chili or Chowder" (Now more than 52 and still growing)

Soup from Scratch is one of the great kitchen joys.  The house smells amazing and the soup warms to the bone.  From broth to chowder, vegetarian to loaded up chili... Even a great idea for a party (love the Potato Soup Bar idea).  Come take a look, sure to have something you might like to try.  All recipes have been tested and WORK!

So, I am pleased to add this as one of my growing list of "52 Uses For a Rotisserie Chicken"  (Now close to 100!)

MUCH more than a chicken sandwich.  From Scratch Pizza to Chinese Take Out recipes, Lots of Soups and Chili... Appetizers to Main Courses (Still can't find a dessert, but I am looking).  More than enough ideas for that store bought bird to shine with just a little extra work.  All recipes have been tested and WORK!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of "52 Ways to Cook SLOW COOKER-CROCK POT Easy Recipes"!!!

From meat dishes (Like an AMAZING Root Beer Pulled Pork that will feed a small army), to kitchen staples (FREE Gallon of Chicken Stock anyone?) to a slew of Soup and Stew recipes, these are the dishes that will change the way you cook.  Start in the morning, set and forget and dinner is on the table... Easy Peasy indeed!!!


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1 comment:

  1. It's rainy here, this would be nice for tonight. Might have to run to Food City to pick up a chicken.