Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Crockpot Rustic Chicken

I want to be a woman who uses a crockpot. I don't know, it just seems so homey to me. Coming home from work to a meal cooked, the house smelling like love, and a delicious meal waiting. And yet, I never use my crockpot. It collects dust in my closet until I eventually drag it down, choking from the months of dust that fill my lungs as I lug it to the kitchen. So I decided I am going to *try* to use it once a week. I make no guarantees people, but I really do want to try. Here's to hoping I do it!

This recipe was awesome. I had starred it in my google reader so long ago that I had to dig and dig to find it, but it was well worth the time I spent searching for it. The original calls for artichoke hearts, which I fully intended to use, until I forgot them. Doh. See, I'm not meant to use a crockpot! It's too early in the morning when I leave my house to be making dinner! I'm including them in the recipe though because I will without a doubt add them next time. Overall this dinner was delicious. We both loved it and I plan to make it soon.

 Oh, and if you have a good crockpot recipe, please leave a link to it in the comments! I'd love to try something new. And I trust you guys, so don't lead me wrong!

Source: Adapted from Sweet Tea in Texas

1-1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
15 ounce can diced tomatoes
15 ounces artichoke hearts
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 packet dry chicken gravy mix
1/4 cup chicken broth

1- Combine the chicken broth, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and gravy in the crockpot. Stir well.
2- Add the chicken and mushrooms. Stir until evenly covered in the tomato/mushroom sauce.
3- Season lightly with salt and pepper.
4- Cook 8 hours on low. Serve over rice or egg noodles.


  1. I will have to try this...I like it because it doesn't require precooking before the cooking should happen before 7am! Looks good!!

  2. Ahhh that looks delicious! I've been trying to amp up my crockpot use too.. Here's one I made recently:

  3. I don't have a link, just a recipe:

    Crockpot Orange Cranberry Pork

    6 good-sized pork chops (boneless, bone-in, whatever)
    1 1/2 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
    2 T agave nectar
    1 t. salt
    1/4 t. ground ginger
    1/4 t. ground cinnamon
    1 large-ish chopped onion
    black pepper to taste

    Throw everything in the crock-pot, and turn on low for 7-ish hours. If you are home, for the last couple of hours, throw in a mess of baby carrots...they'll be delicious.

    So good.

  4. That looks delicious! I don't use my crockpot as often as I should either!

    Try this recipe. It's really good! You definitely need to make the peanut slaw with it, too!

  5. This looks great! We use our crock pot all the time. Here is my crock pot tag:

  6. Sounds yummy!
    Some of our favorites are:
    Pulled Pork:
    Black Eyed Pea Soup:
    French Onion Soup:

  7. You can't really leave this one in the crockpot ALL day, but 4 or 5 hours is fine. I used to run home on my lunch and whip it together.

    Fake Stroganoff
    1 lb stew meat
    2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup
    1 can French Onion soup
    Stir it all together and let the happiness work (for 4 or 5 hours)! Serve it over rice or egg noodles (homemade if you're super-ambitious).

    This has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. We've mixed it up and substituted meatballs for the stew meat. That was super yummy, too! :)

  8. This is our favorite crockpot recipe. It's actually in the crockpot right now :)

    And you can always go to I have two of her cookbooks and love everything I've made.

    I've bookmarked this recipe--it sounds really yummy!

  9. I just recently made pulled pork in my should definitely try it out! It made the meat so tender. Thanks for the new recipe...I'll have to try it out for dinner this week.

  10. I just recently made pulled pork in my should definitely try it out! It made the meat so tender. Thanks for the new recipe...I'll have to try it out for dinner this week.

  11. This looks really good! I love using my slow cooker, but I just don't do it very often. I do have some favorites, though:

  12. Wow, this is the first time for me on pinterest, and I was drawn to this recipe. Now that I have read all your comments, and saw all the links, I can spend a few weeks just on this site. Thanks for all the tips, and will try this recipe this week. I have a great corned beef recipe that I make in the crock pot...if anyone is interested let me know :-)