Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken

When the weather started to cool off, before snow began to fall, I committed to using my crock pot more. Crock pot meals are fabulous…who would’ve love walking in from a long work day to find a delicious, piping hot meal? Mmm…sign me up! 😀

When I got home really late on Tuesday night (10pm is really late, people!), Mr. Prevention and I quickly popped this meal into the crock pot. It took all of 5 minutes, and 4 minutes of that was hand-washing and trimming up the chicken breasts. That simple, yep. We popped the prepared crock pot in the fridge and Mr. P turned the crock pot on at 2pm yesterday. At 7pm, we were eating a delicious, healthy (albeit higher in sodium), no-fuss meal. Crock pot liners are your friend. Invest.

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken very slightly adapted from Group Recipes and That’s Damn Good!

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (can be frozen)
15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
15-ounce can corn, drained
16-ounce salsa
8 ounces light cream cheese

Directions:

Add chicken to slow cooker and cover with black beans, corn and salsa. Cook on high for 4-6 hours until chicken is cooked. Place cream cheese on top and cook an additional 30 minutes. Chicken will naturally shred, and cream cheese will blend nicely after being stirred. Yield: 5 entree portions.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 421 calories; 12.4 g. fat; 90 mg. cholesteorl; 890 mg. sodium; 50 g. carbohydrate; 5 g. fiber; 4.8 g. sugar; 44.8 g. protein

Result: Mr. P said, “It’s not pretty, but it’s good…especially considering how easy and cheap it was.” That pretty much sums it up. It is on the higher side in regards to sodium, due to the canned goods (the salsa added the most sodium), but the fiber, protein, fat, and carbohydrates are all very balanced. I plan to make this again, and will probably try making homemade salsa/pico de gallo to cut out a LOT of the sodium. The portion is generous and can be made into a salad, tacos, or just eaten on its own. Enjoy!

And because it was a night of Illini football and basketball to finish up 2 LONG days at work, I popped open some Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale. It was very dark and I didn’t finish it all. Good thing…9% ABV!

Mmmm!

Question: Do you own a crock pot? If so, do you use it?

I am going to a Weight Watchers meeting tonight — I look forward to learning about the program and providing feedback to you all!

Off I go,

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken
Serves 4-6

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts(can be frozen)
15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
15-ounce can corn, drained
16-ounce salsa
8-ounce cream cheese

Add chicken to slow cooker and cover with black beans, corn and salsa.  Cook on high for 4-6 hours until chicken is cooked.  Place cream cheese on top and cook an additional 30 minutes.  Serve.

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19 Comments

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19 responses to “Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken

  1. I received a food processor for Christmas this year, which I really needed, but a crock pot needs to be on the list for next year!! I always see such amazing creations with this gadget, and I know my mom always used to make the best dinners with hers when I was young. This recipe sounds marvelous.

    So, apparently Nick’s friends already made our reservations for dinner on Friday. Neither Nick nor I knew they were doing it…..were you hoping to come? If so, I may be able to get you guys in still OR Nick and I can just cancel our reservations and go to dinner with the two of you! No biggie. But after wards we are probably just coming to our house to hang out. You are more than welcome to come. We’ve both admitted that we don’t really want to “Do” anything! hehe, we’re so old.

  2. I should probably dust that crock pot I own off… I don’t use it very often.

    I promise to not judge you for the glassware. :p

  3. Tes

    I’ve just used my crock pot few days ago for Korean style beef stew. I think it is so perfect for winter.
    This cream cheese chicken sounds really simple. I will try this for dinner soon.

  4. Christin

    All of those ingredients minus the cream cheese are what I use for chicken tortilla soup. I add chicken broth and some cumin and let it go all day and shred the chicken at the end of the day before I serve it with a dollop of R.F. sour cream and some cilantro! It is very cheap to make!!! I can’t wait to hear about the WW meeting! I’m psyching myself up for monday!

  5. This month I finally opened up the crock pot that I got for my wedding 2 years ago.
    I made soup in the crock pot and wasn’t impressed. It wasn’t nearly as flavourful as soup made over the stove. 😦

  6. I use my crock-pot at least once a week in the fall and winter. We don’t use it very often in the summer because we like to grill out. I use my mostly for soups, but also for pork, chicken, etc. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it looks awesome!

  7. I love my crockpot and need to spend the next week or two researching new recipes to try out. There is nothing better then coming home to dinner already made.

  8. I don’t use mine as often as I should! 🙂 I made a really good bbq chicken in a few weeks ago…but never took any pics, so I didn’t post it on my blog. Maybe I will make it again this week and post! 🙂

    I will be anxious to hear your take on the new WW plan. I admit, I haven’t been to a meeting in a few weeks.

  9. I got a crock pot for my wedding and don’t use it nearly as much as I should!! It still gets some good usage but I would like to start using it more! This recipe looks delish!

  10. I NEED to start using my slow-cooker more, especially once we start back up with school!

  11. Yes, I LOVE my crock pot! It is seriously a life saver. I love putting everything together at night, popping it in the fridge, and then turnin’ that puppy on before I leave in the a.m. Sometimes I can’t find a way around having it on less than 9 hours on low…..but that’s okay, right??? 🙂

  12. This looks excellent! I can’t get enough of crock pot meals. I don’t know if it is the weather, but I haven’t been in much of a mood to cook lately. Crock pot cooking is the perfect solution!

    Have a great New Year’s Nicole!!

  13. This sounds delicious! I love my crockpot and need to look into liners. Are the plastic? I hate cleaning my crockpot and it’s always a challenge.

  14. Weighting For 50

    LOVE our crockpot!!! It makes it easy to make healthy meals – and I love coming home to the smell of cooking after a day at work. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Weight Watchers….all the best for your day!!!

  15. There’s a surprise for you on my blog!

  16. I love crockpot meals! I’m kind of amazed that I haven’t used mine more often this fall/winter season. I’ll have to get on that!

  17. This recipe looks so good! After working an 11.5 hour day, I could definitely go for this!

  18. runyogarepeat

    Crockpots are so convenient! My family made acorn squash chili with it today, and it was nice to make it this afternoon, leave it, and eat it later in the day. I definitely want to invest in one next year with my own apartment.

  19. Love the fact that this is in the slow-cooker and that it has cheap ingredients. Perfect!

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