5-minute recipe: Slow cooker chicken and gravy
July 11, 2011
You know how it is, some days you only have 5 minutes to prepare dinner for your entire family. Aside from Easy Mac, your 5-minute options are kind of limited. That's why I love this slow cooker recipe (originally from Pillsbury) for chicken, veggies, and gravy. It's yummy, easy, and fast.
I usually have potatoes, baby carrots, onions and frozen chicken on hand, and I do my best to keep a couple of cans of chicken gravy in my cupboard for this exact recipe (I usually skip the peas because my husband and I aren't big fans). To prepare it, you simply need to thaw the chicken the night before, chop your potatoes and onions, and place them in the slow cooker.
This meal is also extremely economical. To feed a family of 6, it costs under $10 ($1.60/person).
Here's the simple recipe (adapted by me from Pillsbury):
Chicken, veggies, and gravy in the slow cooker
Yield: 6 servings
- 1 lb small potatoes (6 to 8), unpeeled, cut into chunks (3 cups)
- 2 cups ready-to-eat baby carrots
- 1 medium onion sliced into wedges
- 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 1/4 lb)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 can (10-12 oz) chicken gravy
- 1 ½ cups frozen sweet peas, thawed (optional)
- Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
- Place chicken in slow cooker and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and any other seasoning of your choice.
- Surround chicken with potatoes, onions, and carrots. Cover with gravy.
- Cook on low for 8-10 hours (Decrease time if making smaller portion; for my family of 3, I generally cook 3 chicken breasts for 6 hours on low)
- Optional: Stir in thawed peas. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook about 15 minutes longer or until peas are tender.
1 Serving (1 Serving) Calories 310 (Calories from Fat 100), Total Fat 11g (Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 60mg; Sodium 630mg; Total Carbohydrate 28g (Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 6g), Protein 24g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 150.00%; Vitamin C 15.00%; Calcium 8.00%; Iron 20.00%; *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.