Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

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We made this recipe from Eat at Home Cooks two weeks ago and I loved it, so much so that while visiting my in-laws I made it for them again last night! It’s such an easy way to cook up a bunch of veggies, and since the sauce is gluten free (my mother-in-law eats a gluten free diet), we easily cooked up gluten free pasta to make a simple gluten free meal for her too.

 

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I’ve just about decided it’s my new go-to simple crockpot meal because it tastes great, and there’s just nothing like coming home to a home smelling like a yummy Italian meal. It’s an easy way to change out every day spaghetti, and we’ll definitely add it to our menu plan at least once a month!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore (adapted from Eat at Home Cooks)

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds frozen chicken tenders
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 sliced green pepper
  • 1 sliced red pepper
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb cooked pasta

Directions

  1. Place frozen chicken in the bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Add sliced onion and green peppers on top of the chicken.
  3. Mixed together crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper, then pour sauce over chicken and veggies.
  4. Cook on low 7 hours or high 4-5 hours.
  5. Serve over pasta with fresh parmesan cheese and enjoy!

 

If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze

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Oh my goodness this recipe is sooooo good and super easy!  This has quickly become one of my favorite meat dishes, and I don’t even like pork all that much. :)

 

 

This is great to throw in the crockpot on a busy day, then come home and finish up the glaze while getting ready for dinner. I’d love to hear if you try it, definitely a new favorite at our house!

 

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Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pound pork tenderloin
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage or thyme (we used thyme)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Mix together the salt, pepper, garlic, and sage or thyme.
  2. Rub over tenderloin.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water to slow cooker, place tenderloin in slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. An hour before the roast is finished, mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan.
  6. Cook over medium heat and stir about 4 minutes, until mixture thickens.
  7. Brush roast with the glaze sauce every 20 minutes for the last hour of cooking.
  8. Serve with remaining glaze on the side - enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2015/06/slow-cooker-brown-sugar-pork-tenderloin-with-balsamic-glaze/

 

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Adapted from Laura Sweet Spot! If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Red Robin Whiskey River Barbecue Chicken Wrap

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Not sure this qualifies as real cooking, but if you’re in a hurry and need a quick meal this week, this recipe is perfect. My friend Shannon keeps reminding me about it, so I figured it was time to update the recipe and picture from when I originally posted it way back in 2012. 😉

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Grill the chicken yourself of make life easy on a busy night like I did and take advantage of pre-cooked chicken. Either way dinner will be done fast, and your family will love it! Here you go . . .

 

Mix together equal parts barbecue sauce and ranch dressing and warm chicken up in microwave.

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Add chicken to wrap.

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Then add lettuce,

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and onions (red onions are my favorite.)

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Sprinkle with cheese . . . img_2070

Top with tortilla chips or French’s onions.

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Drizzle with ranch dressing and barbecue sauce mixture,

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Wrap it all up . . .
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And enjoy!

Red Robin Whiskey River Barbecue Chicken Wrap

Ingredients

  • 1 package flour tortillas (we use the Mission Spinach variety)
  • 1 cup cooked and sliced chicken breast (to make life easy I used pre-cooked Tyson Grilled & Ready Strips, but you could easily make them yourself – try out this chicken marinade!)
  • 1/2 cup light ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 red onion
  • tortilla strips or French’s onions we used stockpiled French’s onions
  • bacon (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix together barbecue sauce and ranch dressing, set aside.
  2. Chop onion.
  3. Warm chicken according to package directions and cook bacon.
  4. Add lettuce, chicken, bacon, cheese, onion, and tortilla strips to wrap.
  5. Drizzle with barbecue sauce dressing mixture, and enjoy!

If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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20 Slow Cooker Sandwich Recipes

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You all know I love (seriously, adore) Mrs. Potts (aka, my crockpot), so I thought it would be fun to share 10 slow cooker sandwich recipes to make cooking easy in the summertime!

 

While I love Mrs. Potts in the winter for roasts, soups, and stews, in the summertime it’s nice to have something simple cooking up to because we’re usually out and about, and it keeps us eating at home when dinner’s already cooking up throughout the day. Many of these can also be cooked and then served over a baked potato (one of our favorite ways to enjoy them) or even in a taco shell, so there are all kind of fun options out there!

 

If you’re looking for more recipes to try out in you crock pot, head on over HERE.

Slow Cooked Italian Beef Sliders

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

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Crock Pot Asian Sliders from Crock Pot Ladies

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Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Root Beer Barbecue

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French Dip  with Horeseradish White Cheddar from A Thrifty Mom

Crockpot Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

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Shredded  Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches from 5 Dollar Dinners

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

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Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches with Creamy Slaw from Eat at Home Cooks

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Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken Recipe from Time2Save Workshops

Slow Cooker Ham  Swiss Cheese Sandwiches

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Slow Cooker Meatball Subs from Sincerely Mindy

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sliders

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Teriyaki Sliders from House of Yum

Slow Cooker Open Faced Sirloin Sandwich

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Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteaks from Mormon Time Out

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Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches from Valerie’s Kitchen

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Honey Hoisin Chicken Sandwiches from Pocket Change Gourmet

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 Crock Pot Grinders from Full Bellies Happy Kids

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Slow Cooker Beef Gyros from Eat at Home Cooks

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Do you have any other slow cooker sandwich recipes that I’ve missed? I’d love to hear your ideas ~ leave a comment to share (I love hearing from you!)

 

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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

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For almost 19 years (yikes!) my poor husband has been asking me to make Salisbury Steak every once in awhile for dinner. But, because I’m a chicken-loving girl, I honestly have made it only one other time in all those years.

 

Seriously folks. The poor guy!

 

So, when I came across this recipe for Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak I was intrigued (especially after reading through the reviews), and decided I might just try to make his favorite one night. I adjusted it some to limit the cream soup, and think you could probably substitute a homemade cream soup to even limit your processed foods even more.

 

Folks, it was actually good. And easy. And, even though I still prefer chicken (just about any way you make it . . . ), this was yummy comfort food that made me feel like his mom cooking back in the late 70’s. 😉

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We had it over mashed potatoes with green beans and salads, and even though my kids turned their noses up they actually all ate every bite on their plate. If this is one of those recipes that someone special in your family would love too, it’s an easy way to try it out, and just might make their night! Here’s the recipe  . . .

 

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix (can make your own using this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 can golden mushroom soup (can make your own using this recipe)
  • 1 package Au Jus seasoning mix (can make your own using this recipe)
  • 1 1/4 cups water

Directions

  1. In medium bowl, mix together ground beef, soup mix, bread crumbs and milk.
  2. Form into 8 patties.
  3. In medium non-stick skillet, grill patties for just a minute to brown sides over medium high heat.
  4. Place in slow cooker stacked in a pyramid shape.
  5. Mix together golden mushroom soup, Au Jus seasoning and water.
  6. Pour over meat in slow cooker.
  7. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, until meat is done. (You could also choose to cook in oven until cooked through if you’re in a hurry.)

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 4/15/15):

  • Earth Fare Antibiotic Free Ground Chuck $4.48/lb (great price for hormone free beef!)
  • Meijer Ground Round $2.99/lb.
  • Libby’s Canned Vegetables on sale $.79 at Dollar Tree, use $1/4 Libby’s Canned Vegetables coupon
  • Publix Red 5 pound Potatoes on sale $3.49 or Potato Inspirations  Honey Gold Potatoes BOGO $1.99

Recipe adapted from All Recipes. Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Oven Baked River Omelet

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After cleaning out my fridge yesterday, I was determined to come up with a recipe to use up the leftover ingredients in the refrigerator so they wouldn’t go to waste! I visited All Recipes (I love their ingredient search tool), and in just a few minutes had this easy recipe in the oven.

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It was so good, and I love that I was able to use up a bunch of odds and ends in our fridge. You could easily add in extra veggies, meat, or cheese; and it would be perfect to serve for Easter brunch.

 

The best part? You get all the goodness of an omelet without having to cook them up in several different batches. (Love that!) Here’s the recipe if your fridge could use a good clean out too. 😉

Oven Baked River Omelet

Ingredients

  • 10 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and chopped finely (I ended up substituting it with canadian bacon when I noticed that in my fridge, you could also use cooked sausage)
  • 4 oz can black olives
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped (I substituted with yellow onions)
  • 1/3 cup mushrooms, diced (skipped these since I have any)
  • 3/4 cup colby jack cheese

Directions

  1. Mix together 10 eggs and 1/3 cup milk.
  2. Beat eggs and milk with electric mixer until thoroughly combined and frothy.
  3. Add in salt and hot pepper sauce.
  4. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  5. Bake in greased 8×8 pan at 350 for 40-50 minutes, until eggs are cooked in the center
  6. Enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from All Recipes. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

 

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Weight Watchers Parmesan Chicken Cutlets

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We needed an easy dinner last night, and when I realized we had everything in the pantry to make this one (which helped us stick to this month’s No Spend Grocery Challenge), I knew this was the perfect recipe! My kids loved it, and while it isn’t the yummiest chicken I’ve ever eaten in my life, it was pretty yummy chicken especially for a lightened up meal. Love that!

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Weight Watcher Parmesan Chicken Cutlets (serves 4) 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced in thirds
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

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Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix cheese, bread crumbs and seasoning in bag, shake well.
  • Coat chicken in breadcrumb mixture, arrange in nonstick baking dish.
  • Bake until chicken is cooked through 20-25 minutes.
  • Enjoy – we had it with Weight Watchers Broccoli & Cheese sauce. Yum!

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 3/11/15):

  • Sprouts, Meijer, and Fresh Thyme, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.99/lb.
  • Publix Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale $3.49/lb.
  • Progresso Bread Crumbs Buy One Get One Free at Publix $1.04

Adapted from Food.com. Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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20 Meals From Costco For $150

 

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I think you’re going to love thisI was away at a conference this weekend way out in Utah (enjoying so much fun time with my husband who joined me too ~ we haven’t been away from our kiddos for ages so it was the nicest gift!) Because of our trip, I didn’t have time to put together this week’s menu plan. (So sorry guys ~ but go back and see a complete list of them HERE for free ~ I’ll be back at it next week . . . promise!)

 

But, I talked with Erin from $5 Dinners while I was at the conference, and goodness, I think you’re going to love what she has for you. She’s put together this amazing (seriously, AMAZING), printable pack that includes directions to make a whopping 20 Meals at Costco for $150.

 

Folks, it includes everything.

 

ALL you need.

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Seriously.

 

(Don’t believe me? Here’s proof):

 

Complete package includes: 

  • Recipe List & Grocery List
  • Printable Assembly Instructions – step by step guide to pulling all these meals together and into the freezer
  • Printable Assembly Cards – so you don’t forget any ingredients in each bag
  • Printable Labels – you can print these out onto Avery #6874 label paper and stick them to your plastic baggies or containers.
  • Exclusive Access to Instructional Assembly Videos

Recipes included in this plan are:

  • (2) Slow Cooker Chicken with Apples & Rosemary
  • (2) Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Apples & Sweet Potatoes
  • (2) Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
  • (2) Slow Cooker Italian Chicken
  • (2) Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken & Potatoes
  • (2) Slow Cooker Sausage, Peppers, Onions
  • (2) Slow Cooker Italian Stew Roast
  • (2) Slow Cooker Beef Stew
  • (2) Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • (2) Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage Stew

Go HERE and add to cart to get the full access to the recipes and grocery shopping list plus assembly instructions and exclusive video access. And, if that’s not enough Costco, she has five more Costco menu plans you can choose from HERE!

 

And, if shopping Costco isn’t your thing, she has a few more great options available! Check these out:

 

Have you tried any of $5 Dollar Dinner menu plans before? I’d love to hear what you think – I think this is a great way to easily tackle menu planning a month at a time, and love that the work’s all done for you! Leave a comment if you’ve tried these before and let me know your thoughts.

 

 

 

 

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{One Skillet} Pizza Pasta Casserole

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Don’t you just love when dinner comes together (easily?) On Monday my kids were all home for a snow day, so I decided to start dinner early and have it all out on the counter for everyone to grab before heading out for our weeknight activities.

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(I was pretty impressed with myself for being so organized.) 😉

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I’m telling you what folks, following a menu plan will make your life so much easier. Even though we swapped around the days a bit this week on our plan, it’s just such a little gift knowing that everything I need to feed my family for the week is in the kitchen.

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Not only do we get yummy recipes just about every night, I’m not worrying each afternoon at 5 o’clock what dinner is because we have a plan in place!

 

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Here’s what you’ll need to do to get started ~ you could easily make this all in one pot if you’d like, or if you don’t have a skillet that’s oven safe just mix it all on your stovetop and then pour it into a casserole dish. Either way you’ll have dinner done. 

 

{And, did I mention it’s delicious?}

 

Yum!

 

One Skillet Pizza Pasta Casserole

Ingredients

  • 8 oz dry pasta (we used bowtie)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 oz Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni
  • 15 oz tomato sauce (I used pizza sauce because that’s what was in the pantry this week, but it was a little on the thick side – next time probably would use spaghetti sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • fresh parsley (optional)

Directions

  • Heat oven to broil.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • In oven-save skillet, brown Italian sausage in olive oil, about 3-5 minutes  until cooked through. Drain fat.
  • Add in 1/4 cup pepperoni and cook for 1 minute.
  • Then add in tomato sauce, oregano, basil, garlic powder and season with salt and pepper. Cook 1-2 minutes until heated through.
  • Stir in cooked pasta and cook an additional minute or two until everything is thoroughly warmed.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella and additional 1/4 cup pepperoni on top and remove from heat.
  • Broil in oven for 1-2 minutes, until cheese is melted and golden.
  • Enjoy!

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/28/15):

  • Barilla Pasta $1.16 at Target, get $5 Target gift card when you buy 10 participating items use $1/3 Barilla Pasta
  • Buitoni Pasta BOGO $2.50 at Publix, or Dreamfields Pasta $1.66 use $1/1 Dreamfields Pasta
  • Barilla Pasta $.89 at Kroger when you buy 6 participating Mega Sale items use $1/3 Barilla Pasta
  • Kraft Cheddar Cheese $2.49 when you buy 6 participating Mega Sale items use $1/2 Kraft cheese
  • Hormel Pepperoni $2.49 when you buy 6 participating Mega Sale items use $1/2 Hormel Pepperoni
  • Sargento Cheese BOGO at Publix $2.49, use $.50/2 Sargento coupon from the 1/25 SmartSource insert
  • Ragu BOGO $2.79 at Publix, use $1/2 coupon from the 1/4 or 1/25 Red Plum insert

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Looking for more easy recipes like this one? Here are a few of my favorites . . .

Recipe adapted from DamnDelicious, and thanks to I Heart Publix for some of the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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{Pantry} Chicken Stew

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Note from Laurie ~ I was looking over Shannon’s recipe and it looked so good that I decided to pop it in Mrs. Potts today. (It’s 10 degrees outside, so definitely the kind of day for some chicken stew!) To make it in the crockpot, I put the potatoes in Mrs. Potts along with 2 cups of chicken broth (I boiled 2 cups water and added in 1 cube chicken bouillon) and set on high for one hour. Next I’ll mash the potatoes up, add in the remaining ingredients except the butter, and let it simmer all day (I’ll add the butter in a few minutes before serving.) This looks so good ~ I’ll let you know if we like it tonight!

 

UPDATE from Laurie – IT WAS SO GOOD! I added the potatoes and 2 cups chicken broth to my slow cooker and cooked on high for an hour until they were pretty soft. (My slow cooker cooks FAST, so you may need to cook them a little longer if yours doesn’t.) Then I mashed the potatoes, added everything else in except the margarine/butter (decided to skip those completely) and the chicken was even frozen. I let it cook for 5 hours on low. Shredded chicken and mixed everything back in. It was one of my husband’s favorites! (It makes a LOT – my crockpot was actually overflowing so I only added a total of about 4.5 cups of broth – including the 2 cups I used for the potatoes initially.)

 

This is the perfect recipe for those cold winter days. I’m betting you have everything you need in your pantry for this recipe, which makes it just the perfect recipe.

I craved my Grandmama’s Chicken Stew when I was pregnant with my 16-year-old and never got it (since we lived in Alaska away from family.)  It never dawned on me that I can actually make it myself!  :)  When I found this recipe about a year ago I messed it up a few times, however this final recipe is just delicious. And it tastes just like any restaurant (and my Grandmama’s) Chicken Stew.

 

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Chicken Stew

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked
  • 2 large onions
  • 7 cups of water
  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cans of corn (or 1 bag of frozen corn)
  • 2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes or (1) 28 oz can
  • 5 tsp of salt
  • 3 small chicken boullion cubes

Instructions

  1. Place the water in an 8 quart stockpot.
  2. Add potatoes and onions cook on high for 30 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low.
  4. Take 1 cup of cooked potatoes out and mash that cup potatoes using a fork.
  5. Return mashed potatoes to stock pot (this will thicken your soup.)
  6. Add corn, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, bouillon cubes, sugar and cooked chicken (I cook my chicken in my crock pot for 3-4 hours on low, then shred)
  7. Cook on low at least an hour.
  8. Add butter 45 minutes before serving.
  9. Freeze leftovers. Yum!
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If you’d like to make the recipe using a whole chicken instead of boneless skinless chicken breast, check out the original recipe at Southern Plate. 
Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/7/15):

  • Earth Fare $5 Rotisserie Chicken every Friday
  • Kroger Boneless Skinless Frozen Chicken Breasts 18-26 oz $4.99 after Mega Sale
  • Perdue Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Buy One Get One Free at Kroger (Midsouth Region)
  • Publix Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale $2.49/lb. after BOGO sale
  • Publix Russet Potatoes 5 lb. bag $2.99
  • Kroger Organic Russet Potatoes 3 lb. bag on sale $1.99
  • Del Monte Canned Vegetables BOGO at Publix
  • Meijer Canned Vegetables $.79

 

Adapted from Southern Plate.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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