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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Recipe for Easy Slow Cooker (crockpot) Chicken with Creamy Mushroom and Tarragon Sauce

Chicken with Creamy Mushroom and Tarragon Sauce in the CrockPot #easydinner #crockpotrecipe

Makes 4-6 servings
Ideal slow cooker size:  3-4 quart

1 Tbsp dried onion
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1 (4 oz) can mushrooms (or 4 oz sliced fresh mushrooms)
1 1/2 lbs frozen boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
2 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp water
1/2 cup half and half, warmed
Garnish with Parmesan cheese

1.  Use this trick if you have a slow cooker liner.
2.  Put the onion, salt, thyme, garlic powder, soy sauce, broth, bay leaves, mushrooms and tapioca in the slow cooker.  Give a little stir.
3.  Put the chicken on top.  Tie up the liner and cover the slow cooker.  Cook on LOW for about 4-6 hours (probably closer to 6 since the chicken is frozen).
4.  Untie the liner.  Turn slow cooker to HIGH.  Remove bay leaves and discard.  Break up the chicken into pieces with 2 forks.
5.  Add in the tarragon.
6.  Combine the 2 Tbsp water and 2 Tbsp cornstarch in a little bowl.  Stir until smooth.  Pour into the slow cooker and stir.  
7.  Add in warmed half and half.
8.  Cook on HIGH without the lid for about 15-30 minutes, until sauce is thickened.
9.  Serve chicken and sauce over rice, potatoes, noodles and top with Parmesan.

I made this Mushroom Tarragon Chicken for the Really Big Cooking Show a couple of weeks ago and my husband was loving the leftovers.  He requested something similar last week.  You know me, I couldn't just make the same recipe that I already I changed it up a bit.  I really simplified the recipe to make it super duper fast to get in the crockpot in the morning.  It has pantry friendly ingredients that you'll have on hand ( I swapped out the fresh onions for dried and the fresh mushroom for canned).  I also put the the chicken in the crock totally frozen.  Which saves a step of thawing and gives you an hour or two of extra time in the crockpot in case you're going to work or going to be away from home for a while.  Hope you enjoy!  4 stars.

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