Easy Crock Pot Chicken

– johanna | May 12th, 2008

Filed under: BUDGET MEALS, RECIPES - Main Dish

This recipe was THE popular weekly dinner menu item with my circle of friends. No one knew exactly where it came from, though. One person thought it was this person’s, and that person thought it was someone else, and that person thought it was….. well you get the picture. I followed all the someone’s back to my friend Cathy Carter. She got the recipe from her Grandmother. Then one day when I was looking through a cookbook of crock pot recipes, low and behold there it was, but with a slight variation. Once you try it you’ll know why it is a favorite.

***Adapted August 5, 2012***
I have since adapted this recipe to eliminate the processed and canned ingredients. The original recipe called for canned condensed chicken soup and an Italian seasonings packet. Review the notes under variations for these substitutions. For variations to the homemade versions of Italian seasonings and condensed chicken follow the links provided.

Source: Cathy’s Grandmother
2 tablespoons Italian season mix (recipe below)
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
6 chicken breasts
2 cups cream of chicken (based on recipe below)

Place all the ingredients in the crock pot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve over rice or noodles.

Italian Seasonings Mix:
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
2 tablespoons salt

In a small bowl, mix together the garlic salt, onion powder, sugar, oregano, pepper, thyme, basil, parsley, celery salt and regular salt. Store in a tightly sealed container.

Cream of Chicken:
1 1/2 cups fresh chicken stock*
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon onion powder**
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder***
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt (or less; taste to test)
1/4 teaspoon parsley
dash of paprika
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup flour

In medium-sized saucepan, boil chicken broth, 1/2 cup of the milk, and the seasonings for a minute or two (longer if using fresh onions or garlic).
In a bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 cup of milk and flour. Add to boiling mixture and continue whisking briskly until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat.

– 1 can cream of chicken soup (cream of celery or mushroom can be substituted)
– In place of above seasoning use 1 packet Italian salad dressing powdered mix.
– Fat free version, in place of the cream cheese and cream of soup use a cup of water.
– Low fat version, omit the cream cheese.

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  1. I made this recipe one day because I was looking to save some time and love coming home from work and having my dinner already done in the crockpot. This recipe was SOO yummy! I highly recommend this to any mom that wants a good home cooked meal with no muss or fuss. It was extremely easy to make!

    Comment by Emily — May 28, 2008 @ 11:09 am

  2. Has anyone ever tried this with Neufchatel cheese (lower fat) or fat free cream cheese and low-fat cream of chicken soup? Does it taste as good or does it alter the flavor?

    Comment by Kami — July 12, 2008 @ 3:55 pm

  3. If you use a better brand of low fat or fat free cream cheese such as Philadelphia I would say you should not notice a difference. The cheaper brands or store brand have an off taste that I can notice. But I can never tell the difference when I use Philadelphia brand cream cheese. The only time I would be cautious about using fat free cream cheese is when baking. The fat free cream cheese does not set up as well so unless specified stick to the full fat version.
    Low fat cream of chicken soup is what I use and it is fine.

    Comment by Johanna — July 17, 2008 @ 2:23 pm

  4. we know this one as cream cheese chicken. my friend kelly came to visit when our daughter was born and cooked for me. she made this and many other similar type meals and froze them in storage bags with cooking instructions on the label. so as we needed we could pull a wonderful meal out of the freezer.

    Comment by allison & keith — September 19, 2008 @ 7:01 pm

  5. good home cooked meal with no muss or fuss

    Comment by Mike — June 9, 2009 @ 4:46 am

  6. Hi, do you need to brown the chicken breasts before putting them in the crock pot or just put them in raw? What are the stove top directions? Thanks!!

    Comment by sandy — September 5, 2010 @ 8:30 am

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