Slow Cooker Chicken Mushroom Dinner

Cook’s Notes: This recipe for slow cooker chicken is comfort food with very little work — chicken, mushrooms, and broccoli in sauce. I generally don’t like to cook with condensed soups, but they have the right consistency for all-day cooking in a crock pot. We’re taking this dish to a friend’s house for dinner tonight with cooked rice on the side. It was put in the slow cooker at 10 am, and it will cook low and slow all day. I’ll check it at 4 pm, after it’s been cooking for 6 hours. Prep time: 15 minutes.

I have a Rival 4-qt. oval slow cooker with a removable stoneware pot. The ingredients for this recipe filled it to the top.

Sauce:
1/2 c (4 oz) chicken broth
10.75 oz can condensed cream of mushroom soup with garlic
8 oz container sour cream (1 c)
1/4 c all-purpose flour
13.25 oz can sliced mushrooms (drained weight is 8 oz)

16 oz bag frozen broccoli florets
6 boneless chicken breast halves, without skin (about 3.25 lbs)

Make the sauce:
In a medium size bowl, whisk together the chicken broth and condensed soup until smooth. Add the sour cream and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the flour. Drain the mushrooms, and add them to the sauce (I used a rubber spatula at this point, which is also good for getting all the sauce out of the bowl.)

Spray the inside of the crock-pot with non-stick cooking spray.

Layer the ingredients in the slow cooker as follows:
Place the frozen broccoli in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Place 2 chicken breasts on top of the broccoli. Cover the chicken with 1/3 of the sauce.
Place next 2 chicken breasts on top. Cover with 1/3 of the sauce.
Place the last 2 chicken breasts on top. Cover with remaining sauce.

Place the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours. Do not remove the lid. Do not stir the ingredients while they cook.

Serve with hot, cooked rice or noodles. Serves 6.

Recipe sources: I looked at a lot of sources to come up with this recipe, including the Rival Crock-Pot instruction manual, allrecipes.com, flylady.net, crockpot.com, epicurious.com, southerncooking.about.com, and busycooks.about.com. It is a basic “chicken and condensed soup” formula. I also read The Everything Slow Cooker Cookbook, which had a recipe for Hot BBQ Squirrel (yes, really). Hey, when I’m on the hunt for a recipe, I go deep. But I decided to skip the squirrel.

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