Friday, October 18, 2013

Parmesan Cream Cheese Chicken



     You are in for a treat today. About seven years ago we lived in this little, tiny town called Clinton, Iowa for about six months. We were there for my husband's job and we had friends there from home, so it was a great time. We also met some other people, but the ones we have stayed in contact with and who are the inspiration for this recipe is a family called the Near family. We love them. They are so warm and welcoming and we're so happy we met them. 

     One day we were visiting them and they had this chicken stuff in their slow cooker and it smelled so good, so we tried it out and fell in love. I have made some tweeks to it over time, but their recipe inspired this one. It happens to be one of my youngest daughter's favorite meals and she requested it for her birthday dinner this year. I served it with this really yummy Ranch Bread from Love Grows Wild. You can get the recipe right here. You should too because really, the bread is soooo good and it will be a requested item here. 

     This recipe is originally made with Cream of Chicken Soup. I don't really cook with soup from a can, for several reasons. One, I don't cook with many processed foods because I feel better when I don't eat them. Two, we are out of the country a lot for extended periods of times and canned food is hard to find, so I have a substitute. Three, gluten is not a friend to my husband and most processed food contains gluten. I will include the recipe for the mix I use with this recipe. I will say that I got it somewhere online, but I can't find it to link back to it. I found recipes that are close and it's possible that I altered the recipe and that's why I can't find it. It was before I found Pinterest, so it's not on one of my boards either. If you see this recipe and it is yours or someone's that you know, please let me know and I will change this post. 

     Sometimes I use a gluten free Cream of Chicken Soup that I get from a place called Mom's Place Gluten Free. She has a lot of great gluten free products and ships them too. This is the link to her Cream of Chicken Soup . It is very good. 




Parmesan Cream Cheese Chicken

6 Chicken Breasts, cut into bite size pieces
2 portions of cream soup mix or 2 packets of Cream of Chicken Soup
8 ounces of cream cheese
2 packets of dry Italian Dressing
1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
Hot cooked noodles

In a slow cooker, mix the soup, cream cheese and Italian dressing until the cream cheese is melted. Add the cut up chicken. Cook on low for 5 hours. Add the Parmesan cheese, mix well and cook on low for one hour more. Serve over hot cooked noodles. 


Cream Soup Mix
**This makes a lot of mix. I keep it in a plastic container so it is ready when I need it.**

1 cup dried non-fat milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup chicken bouillon
4 Tbsp freeze dried onions
1 tsp dry basil
1 tsp dry thyme
1 tsp pepper

Mix well. To make the soup, mix 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 1/4 cup water. Cook until it is thickened. You can add chicken, mushrooms, saut├ęd celery, etc to make Cream Of soups. One portion equals one can. 

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Posted by Kathleen

8 comments:

  1. do your recipes have any way to post onto pinterest? i'm a complete novice when it comes to computers and almost anything connected with computers...thanks, Betty

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    1. I know what you are talking about. Seriously. I haven't figured out how to do the pin buttons yet. I'm working on it. I have something on my tool bar of my internet that lets me pin stuff from anywhere. Here is the pin address fro this recipe though. You can click on it or copy and paste it to your address bar and it will bring up the pin and you can re-pin it anywhere. I will figure out the pin thing soon. If there are other recipes you want to pin, let me know and I can give you the exact pin address. Thanks for dropping in. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/305541155940685397/

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  2. This sounds fantastic! Exactly the kind of meal my boys love. Definitely have to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing at Saturday Night Fever! Pinning now! See you again this Saturday!

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    1. I'm glad you found something here your boys will love! Thanks for commenting. See you Saturday!!

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  3. This sounds really good! Just a question- do you make the soup or add dry soup mix only? I wouldn't mind using canned soup but I can't tell if it would add more liquid than is required...

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    1. Hi Jeanine. If you use canned soup, add a can of milk too. That way the sauce isn't too thick. I hope you love it like we do!

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  4. This looks delicious, I'm putting on my menu this week!

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    1. It's a favorite. I hope you really love it. Drop me a note and let me know how it turns out.

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