Sunday, August 9, 2015

"Old School" Chicken with Mushroom Gravy - 52 Crock Pot Easy Dishes

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This is Sooo easy, only two ingredients and your family will be licking their plates!

I recently spent a week in South Dakota visiting family and friends of my wife's.  Her High School reunion was over that weekend, class of '75, Go Kiotes!

It was a joy to relax for the week and mostly let my Mother-In-Law cook for us.  Her style of cooking does not get much more old school.  She believes in meat and potatoes at every meal, vegetables (nothing fancy) and water.  The small town (population about 700) with a single grocery store (well stocked considering it is about the size of a really big walk in closet) forces her to be a really good "seat of her pants", use her pantry and freezer well, cook.

Now, some foodies may scoff at the can of soup in this recipe.  Sodium, over processed, chemicals, etc.  And in fact I have avoided using canned soups for several years now, preferring to make my own soups from scratch (see my listing of 52 Recipes for Soup Page).  But, as in all things in life, moderation in all things is a good thing.

Marie, my Mother-In-Law, served this up for an evening meal.  It was indeed simple (only 2 ingredients plus salt and pepper).  But it was also about the tastiest thing I have had in a long time.  Old School flavors, chicken and gravy just like Granny used to make... and still does.

So, sure, avoid over processed foods.  But every once in a while you may want to give this simple and delicious "Old School" recipe a try.  Nostalgic deliciousness in every bite!

OK... Here's what I did...

"Old School" Chicken with Mushroom Gravy

  • Cut up Fryer Chicken Pieces, I used Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts but any chicken parts would work fine
  • 1 Can Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Cooking Directions
  1. Optional - Your chicken will be more appealing if you brown the outside first. You can rub a little Olive Oil on the chicken and use your ovens BROILER setting and set the chicken on a wire rack set on top of a jelly roll pan so you can get the chicken as close to the heating element as possible while still being able to keep an eye on them. Once one side is browned turn the pieces over to get the other side. Alternatively you can brown in a frying pan with a little bit of oil to get the outside a bit crispy.
  2. Salt and pepper the chicken. Not too much salt as the soup contains a lot of extra sodium.
  3. Place chicken in the crock pot and set for a long and slow 8 hour cooking time (LOW setting).
  4. Add the Chicken Soup.
  5. Cover and let the slow cooker work it's Magic.
  6. After 8 hours the chicken is cooked through, the gravy is perfect. Remove and serve warm over mashed potatoes with a side of simple green beans and ENJOY!


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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