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Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Stuffing

Simple chicken breasts are bathed in an herbaceous, creamy sauce to create a comforting yet simple weeknight supper.


chicken breast in cheesy sauce topped with stuffing
Creamy, Cheesy Chicken and Stuffing

I love the classics. Simple jeans, white shirt, and a blazer for me (what’s so hot about haute couture) or a Motown tune in place of rap (Smokey, you still got it).


As a hopelessly classic cook, I can respect that 20-item tasting menu created by the celebrity chef of the week at $200 per person, but give me a simple, comforting chicken dish any day. Recipes like Cheesy Chicken and Stuffing have been around for many years because they taste great and are accessible for any level home cook.


Cheesy Chicken and Stuffing, a great slow cooker recipe, has dozens of versions but all are pegged on basic ingredients of chicken (dark or white meat), boxed stuffing mix, and condensed cream of chicken soup. Liquid (water, broth, milk, or a combination of all three) also is a part of the recipe. This recipe includes cheese for an extra surprise. That steaming stuffing mix mingling with chicken and soup smells wonderful, and when you come home in the evening, you will race to the dinner table. Put on your favorite LP and tuck in.


To make Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Stuffing, which serves 6, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 4 slices Swiss cheese

  • 1 can (10.75 ounces) low-fat condensed cream of chicken soup

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 1 box (6 ounces) chicken and herb stuffing mix

  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth


I used the Stove Top brand for stuffing mix but choose your favorite for this recipe. By the way, did you know Stove Top hit the shelves in 1971 and was invented by Ruth Siems while she worked at General Foods? She was approached by executives to invent "instant stuffing for poultry." Ruth, who worked at General Foods for 35 years, died in 2005. One woman forever changed the face of Thanksgiving. The company's brands are now sold under Kraft Foods' umbrella.


If you have trouble cramming 6 big chicken breasts—which have been thawed—into your slow cooker, cut each breast in half. You may need to slightly pound the thicker ends to flatten so that the chicken pieces are close to the same size. This will help the protein to cook evenly.


You’ll note there’s no salt or pepper in the recipe. The stuffing mix has plenty of seasoning, as does the broth and cream of chicken soup.


Directions for Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Stuffing

Coat the slow cooker’s interior with cooking spray. Arrange the chicken inside and top with cheese. It may be necessary to do this in layers (half the chicken, top with three slices of cheese, repeat).


Next, combine soup and milk in a medium bowl and whisk until blended. Spoon over the last cheese layer. Top with all the stuffing mix.


Drizzle broth on top of stuffing. Cook on low for eight hours or high for four hours.


What to serve with Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Stuffing

A simple green salad dressed with a classic vinaigrette dressing pairs nicely with this. The cheesy, creamy sauce needs the vinegar. Crisp green beans drizzled with reduced balsamic vinegar also would be good.


This is a simple weeknight supper that’s about as no-fuss as it gets yet is so comforting. I love that the top of the stuffing layer is a bit crunchy that gives a nice contrast to the creamy sauce and moist chicken. If you haven’t had this dish in a while, like a familiar song, it’s such a pleasure to return to.


 



Looking for more quick weeknight dinner ideas?

Turkey or chicken can be used in my easy Skillet Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuits. Because the protein has been precooked (a shredded rotisserie chicken would also work here), it’s on the table in about 30 minutes.


It’s still soup season and Chicken Tortilla Soup is another quick dinner for your family. Round it out with a salad and extra tortilla chips and it’s an economical meal that’s comforting and satisfying.


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Three Women in the Kitchen is an award-winning food blog offering today’s home cooks comforting, hearty recipes with a personal touch. The website also pays tribute to Deborah’s mother, Katie Reinhardt, and paternal grandmother, Dorothy Reinhardt (the “three women” in the kitchen). Whether you’re an experienced or a novice cook, you’ll find inspiration here to feed your families and warm your heart. Subscribe today so you won’t miss a single delicious detail.




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