I Love My Crock Pot

19 Jan

Chicken and Artichokes with Broccoli and Tomatoes

Not just any crock pot, but my faithful crock pot from the early 80s with the lovely orange and brown motif and the non-removable ceramic crock. For years I cursed the fact that it was an all-in-one appliance, and couldn’t wait to get a new one where I could put the crock in the dishwasher. But after having my first one stop working after a few years, and the replacement one for that cook everything on High no matter what setting I put it on, I have made peace with old faithful.

Old Faithful

We make crock pot meals a lot at our house. With both heads of household working full-time, it is great to be able to throw a bunch of ingredients in the pot in the morning and come home to the delicious aroma of dinner, ready and waiting when we are. Even if I’m working from home, it’s also nice I can put together something during a break and cook it on high and still have time to relax after work.

More often then not, our crock pot meals don’t follow a defined recipe, as it usually depends on what we happen to have in the fridge, freezer or pantry at the time. A few months ago I came across a sale on jarred artichoke hearts and bought several jars. We also happened to have some chicken breasts needing to be cooked, so I experimented and came up with the following recipe. We ended up serving it over noodles but I think rice would have been just as delicious. I also steamed some broccoli, chopped up some fresh tomatoes, and sprinkled Parmesan cheese over it. Mmm mmm good!

Chicken and Artichoke Crock Pot

One can or homemade recipe of cream of chicken soup. Recipe here: http://bit.ly/AnHON3
1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 6.5 ounce jars of drained marinated artichoke hearts
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Lemon pepper
Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Blend

Mix the cream of chicken soup with the mayo, then stir in the lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. Add the two jars of artichokes and mix together. Season the chicken breasts with lemon pepper and garlic and herb seasoning, then place in crock pot. Pour the artichoke soup mixture over it and cook on High for three or four hours. Serve over rice or noodles, with vegetables of choice.

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