Happy Friday! I’m linking up again this week with Annemarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder to bring you healthy recipes! This week’s theme is “Chicken Dinner”. Please be sure to check out their recipes and feel free to add yours as well. I’d like to share a recipe my husband and I created through experimenting – Crock Pot Tomato and Basil Cream Cheese Chicken. I love cooking with a crock pot – it’s convenient and doesn’t heat up an apartment like the oven does on hot summer days.
4-5 Chicken Breasts (I used frozen chicken breasts)
1 can diced tomatoes, not drained (I like “no salt” added tomatoes)
1 packet McCormick Gourmet Chicken Penne seasoning mix
1 packet Grill Mates Tomato, Basil and Garlic seasoning mix
1 package of Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese (or Neufchatel cheese) (8 oz), broken into cubes or chunks
1 package of Neufchatel cheese (8oz), broken into cubes or chunks
1. Spray crock pot with cooking spray or place a liner in crock pot
2. Combine chicken breasts, tomatoes and both seasoning packets in crock pot
3. Cook for 3 hours on high
4. Turn crock pot to low and cook for 2 more hours
5. When there is about an hour of cook time left, remove liquid from crock pot until you reach your desired consistency (I usually take out 1 to 1 1/2 cups of liquid and use it to make rice or quinoa to serve as a side dish) and add in the cream cheese/Neufchatel cheese.
I like to serve this chicken on a bed of quinoa, with a salad on the side.
This recipe is pretty flexible – change the spices if you want to, use more or less cheese depending on how creamy you like the dish to be. Also, please note that since I used frozen chicken breasts, the cook time is longer than it would be for thawed chicken breasts.
Note: I like Neufchatel cheese because it is lower in fat than cream cheese. If you can’t find Neufchatel cheese, cream cheese would work just as well.
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