Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Ghost's Kitchen: Crock Pot Stuffing Chicken

What's cooking today?

Crock Pot Stuffing Chicken
(not exactly the prettiest of dishes but very tasty!)

Hello everyone and welcome to another segment of...

There are three major things that constitute a southern dish.  Something must have a tub of butter in it, something must be fried, or something must be made in a crock pot.  I'm sure there are other variations on stereotypical Southern food but when I think Southern that's what springs to mind.  Today is definitely a Southern dish!  No this doesn't have four pounds of butter as I intend to actually live to see my 70's.  Also, no, this isn't fried as I generally go grilled or baked for partially the same reason as the butter comment.  That means today is going to be a crock pot day... which you already knew from the title so why did I waste time with this again?

I don't do many things in the crock pot.  It's not because I dislike the appliance or anything.  There's something fantastic about being able to put every item in a single thing and pretty much be done.  However because of the simplicity I feel that it loses a bit of that "chef's touch" when making.  You aren't carefully preparing something each step of the way.  You aren't making little changes depending on your personal taste as you go through the process.  You pretty much just dump everything in a container and hope you got it right the first time.  Secondly, many of my friends are college students and I try to shy away from doing recipes that my friends may not be able to easily recreate due to lack of items.  However this week I'm just going for it!

Gather Your Ingredients
  • Crock Pot
  • Crock Pot Liners (optional but I strongly urge you to get them!)
  • 4 Bhicken Breasts
  • 6 oz Package Cornbread Stuffing Mix (NOT stuffing for chicken just regular cornbread)
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Bowl
  • Spoon

1. Line your crock pot
I'm serious when I say this is something you really want to do.  Why?  Crock pots are designed to cook things at a semi-low temperature over a very long time.  As such, generally the portion touching the walls of the pot stick to the walls very easily causing you to spend a long time cleaning or soaking the pot to get it clean.  This eliminates that problem instantly.  Just remove and throw away the bag.  No other cleanup necessary other than washing the lid.

2. Clean your chicken
As usual you will want to examine your thawed chicken breasts for any imperfections, large sections of fat or blood vessels that you will probably find unsavory.
3. Place chicken in bottom of crock pot
Make sure they are lying side by side.  We don't want any overlap.

4. Pour stuffing mix over top of chicken.

5. Make sure stuffing mix is evenly spread in the bottom of the crock pot
This step probably could have been omitted from the instructions as it's common sense to do this but... better safe than sorry.

6. Pour soup and sour cream into bowl
Remember it's only 1/2 a cup of sour cream (1/2 of an 8 oz container)

7. Mix thoroughly

8. Layer soup mixture over top of the cornbread mix.
Be careful, it will be thick

9. Spread soup mixture evenly across the top
This is the only potentially frustrating part.  The soup mixture is very thick as I said, and likes to stick to the incredibly loose stuffing mix.  This causes the stuffing to want to come with the soup rather than lay there for the soup to be spread easily.  Just do the best you can.

10. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours
With this mixture being so thick and everything seeming so dry, I honestly thought this was going to be far too long to cook this dish.  I assumed that it would come out dry as can be because the first hour did nothing to make the soup mixture any less thick.  Just trust me on this it'll be fine and perfectly moist.

11. After 4 Hours, scoop out a chicken breast with the toppings still above and serve!

That's all there is to it.  Yes it takes four hours for the thing to cook, but it's certainly worth the wait.  As I said at the very beginning, this dish isn't exactly the prettiest of things.  It does kinda look like something unfortunate happened on top of the chicken.  However, looks are definitely deceiving with this as you completely forget about how it looks the second you try a bite!  This is something so simple even children could probably do it...except for the cleaning chicken part.  Hopefully you'll try out this extremely simple recipe for yourself.

This is Ghost fading into the darkness.
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