January 15, 2015

Thaw it out Thursday #1 – Mystery Chicken

Last week I wrote a post about freezer cooking, and how easy it can be when you take a “slow cooker” approach to it.  I was SO excited to cook my first bag and write a review about it.  I debated a while about which recipe to start off with, but with almost a dozen meals to choose from, I decided to Russian Roulette it.

I stuck my hand in the freezer and just pulled something out…and of course, I ended up picking the one bag that was a no recipe, hodgepodge, mystery meal.  I had some extra ingredients at the end of my prep session so I literally just threw a bunch of stuff in a bag.  And that’s the bag I picked.

Thankfully, it was yummy.  Not so thankfully, it was ugly as butt. (Good thing I’m into Ugly Cooking)  Starting off Thaw it out Thursday with a bang!

So here’s the recipe.  Maybe.

Ingredients (I froze all of this together):

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1.5 cups chopped carrots
  • 1.5 cups chopped celery
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup (I use Trader Joe’s brand, which comes in a box)
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning

Ok, who am I kidding, I have no idea how much of each thing I really put in there…you can just dump in however much you want and it will turn out great. I promise. (Well, maybe be judicious about the poultry seasoning, unless you like exceeding the RDA for sodium.  Then by all means. )

Instructions:

1.) Defrost
2.) Dump out
3.) Cook on low in slow cooker, 6-8 hours or until chicken shreds easily
4.) Eat

Fancy stuff, right?

(Note:  I was concerned about how the vegetables would cook after being frozen, since veggies are high in water content, but they came out just fine!)

And there you have it.  I really should have added this to my Ugly Cooking series.  That said, it was yummy, hearty, and even the toddler liked it!  Next week, I promise I’ll have my act together more…I actually know what I put in the other meals!

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Iulia is a former educator turned stay-at-home mama of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sass and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, she has an ever-expanding repertoire of bloopers, insights, stories, and impassioned opinions to share. Iulia likes to think she has this parenting gig figured out, but her littles remind her daily just how far from the truth that is.

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    Reply Chelsea Phelps January 15, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    You have inspired me to use my crockpot more! I’ve decided I make cooking too difficult, so I’m pumped for your slow cooker series on your blog!

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    Reply Jamie Tomkins January 20, 2015 at 11:39 am

    What a great use up for leftovers, too – love it!!

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    Reply Lynda H January 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    This looks very tasty! Thanks so much for linking up to Awesome Life Friday – I hope you’ll come back again this week!

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