Chicken Tetrazzini Slow Cooker Recipe

Is anybody else having trouble getting dinner served in a timely manner?  The other day, I was on my way to a doctor’s appointment in a town about an hour away and remembered it.  I hadn’t put dinner in the slow cooker!  What?  NOOOO!   Not again!  I’m so bad about remembering dinner.  Isn’t that crazy?  The one thing that repeats itself every single day of my life, I manage to forget about until I don’t have time to do it.  Do you do that, too?  Please tell me I’m not the only one!

 

Thankfully, I have a really handy group of tools.  They’re called children.  Specifically, I had a teenager still at home, not gone anywhere yet that day.  He’s not really confident in his cooking skills, but I assured him, he could just grab some ingredients and throw them in the slow cooker.  The hardest thing he was going to have to do was cut an onion.  That didn’t sound so bad.  He agreed he’d save the day for me as long as I’d text him the ingredients I was supposed to add.  So, I pulled over to the side of the road and sent him the list.  And that’s how we got to eat this amazing dinner, called Chicken Tetrazzini.

 

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Chicken Tetrazzini in the Slow Cooker

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Tetrazzini

 

Ingredients:

6-8 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 (7 oz) package of dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
1 small onion, sliced into rings and separated
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream soup (any variety…or make your own)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened

Egg noodles (to serve over later)

Slow Cooker Chicken Tetrazzini  Recipe

 

Directions:

  1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker
  2. Sprinkle Italian-style dressing mix over the top of the chicken, flipping to coat both sides.
  3. Slice onion into rings and place over the top of the chicken.
  4. Mix cream soup, chicken broth, sesame oil, cream cheese and garlic powder together and pour over the top of the chicken.
  5. Cook on low for 7-8 hours and on high for 4 hours.
  6. When you’re ready to serve, boil egg noodles and drain.
  7. Chop up the chicken pieces in slow cooker with kitchen scissors and mix the egg noodles into the chicken sauce, for a nice tasty dinner.

Optional:  You could mix in peas or broccoli to make it more of a complete meal.

 

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

  1. Slice onions
  2. Mix cream soup, cream cheese, chicken broth and garlic powder together.
  3. Place chicken breasts in gallon size freezer safe bag and put the soup mixture in with it.  (Or you can leave the chicken separate and only have the soup mixture in the bag instead).
  4. Label the bag with Chicken Tetrazzini, and lay as flat as possible before you freeze.
  5. You may want to write the cooking instructions on your bag as well.

 

Chicken Tetrazzini in the Slow Cooker Recipe


23 More Slow Cooker Recipes – All in One Place

Were you receiving my emails in April, when I was doing the big slow cooker series?  We had some great recipes shared!  Well….I’m finally getting around to putting all of the links in one place, so you don’t have to search for them if you are looking for one!  Yay, me!  I really hope this is helpful to you.  I will also add this link to the Freezer to Slow Cooker page for your reference. I hope you’re having a wonderful May!  I can’t believe it’s already almost June!

 

Slow Cooking in April

 

 

  1. Crock Pot Chicken and Veggie Pot Pie
  2. Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe
  3. Authentic Red Beans in the Slow Cooker – Puerto Rican StyleEnchilada Casserole Recipe in the Crockpot
  4. Zesty Kielbasa Soup Recipe for the Slow Cookerzesty kielbasa soup in the slow cooker
  5. Slow Cooker Black Bean, Quinoa & Butternut Stew
  6. Healthy Crock Pot Spaghetti
  7. Bolognese sauce in the Slow Cooker
  8. Slow Cooker Coconut Pork Curry Recipe
  9. Roast Turkey in the Slow Cooker Recipe
  10. Slow Cooker Drunken Honey BBQ ChickenDrunken Honey Chicken in the Slow Cooker
  11. Cheesy Crockpot Sausage & Potatoes Recipe
  12. Hearty Chicken Chili Crockpot Recipe
  13. Crockpot Tomato Cabbage Soup
  14. Super Easy Slow Cooker Lentil Recipe
  15. Beef Topped Bean Enchiladas Recipe for the Slow Cooker  Enchiladas in the SLow Cooker
  16. Brisket in the Slow Cooker
  17. Crockpot Balsamic Pork Loin
  18. Healthy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup
  19. Chicken Enchilada Nachos in the Slow CookerSlow Cooker Chicken Nachos
  20. Gluten Free Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe
  21. Healthy Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Soup
  22. Herbed Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker

  23. Lamb & Bean Stew Recipe for the Slow Cooker

 


How to Make Meal Times Less Stressful!

Making Meal Time Less Stressful

 

Being the mother of 7 children, I have to think about food A LOT!  My kids can eat and eat and eat.  Everyone has always been impressed with what good little eaters I have.  Now that I have 2, almost 3 teenagers, I am shocked at what that can mean and how many times a person can go back for more food, sometimes long after the rest of the family was finished eating.  If there’s food left in the pot, my son is asking if he can have it!  Cooking isn’t one of the things I really enjoy doing, it’s just a task that has to be done in order to have a functional family, so I have been aiming to streamline my time spent in the kitchen and yet enjoy what we’re eating.  Here are several ways that I have been able to accomplish this.

 

1.  Pick Easy Meals

Think about what you generally cook when you’re in a time crunch.  For me, it’s things like spaghetti, montereys, taco salad, chili, hamburgers, etc.  Meal plan around these easy meals.  If you don’t have a very long list, search for some quick and easy recipes that you can plan around.   You can always throw in your favorite more difficult meal, but spread them out, so they’re not on back to back days.

 

2.  Use Your Slow Cooker 

I decided I wanted to use my slow cooker almost every day.  I just LOVE not having to think about making dinner at 5:00.  You may know me as that Slow Cooker lady by now….and can find many of my slow cooker recipes here:  Crockpot Freezer Meals.

3.  Decide What’s For Dinner the Night Before

The reason this is important is so that you make sure to get anything you need to out of the freezer.  It is so frustrating to decide on making something with ground beef, to remember that the only ground beef you have is frozen in a big 10 pound block that doesn’t fit into the microwave to defrost.  Which brings me to…..

 

4.  Save Money by buying in bulk or buying off brands. 

Believe it or not, we normally shop for our groceries in a bigger city.  We try to plan to go to the city around the time we need to stock back up.    I like to coupon in the cities when I can, but haven’t become quite that organized to do it regularly yet, nor have I been able to take the time to clip coupons on a regular basis.  We generally go to Aldi and Sams and at least check the other local stores for deals we can score while we’re there.  We can save quite a bit on cheese, lunch meat, bread, canned goods, etc.  At Walmart, I can buy a block of cheese for over $4 a pound.  At Sams, I get it in a 5 pound block for $12.  That’s getting 2 pounds free!  I usually stock up on produce at Aldi.  The in season fruit and vegetables are always much cheaper than our local stores.  The fruit that is in season will sell for around $1.50 – $2 per 3 to 4 pound bag.  Strawberries for a dollar a pound and Pineapples for a dollar each as well.  This isn’t all the time, but these are the prices that I regularly look for.

 

5.  Make Freezer meals

For me, that means, make extremely easy freezer meals.  I decided to line up my recipes for a week and make a list of what I need to do in order to prep them.  I do all of the preparation work at once for the week, including chopping and browning of meat.  I place all of my ingredients in freezer bags and freeze them for the week so that they stay as fresh as possible.

6.  Involve the Children

There is  nothing wrong with your children helping in the kitchen!!  It is wonderful training for their future and sometimes, if the family wants to eat, it’s downright unavoidable!  My 11 year old enjoys knowing that she was able to be a big part of getting everyone fed.  If you don’t have kids that old, they can always be right next to you, helping to put ingredients in bowls or bags or even just “washing dishes” by playing in the dish water.  My younger children always think it is a treat to help mommy!

 

7.  Table Chores

This next tip is more for me than for you…because it is a place we still struggle.  Clean up the dishes and the table right after each meal!  It doesn’t take long and we’re always thankful when we do it.

 

8.  Streamline Breakfast & Lunch

My kids know that there are certain things that they can choose from for breakfast and lunch.  I’m not one who is willing to cook a hot breakfast every day.  That’s usually a special occasion.  I’m a zombie in the morning!!  Their breakfast choices are generally cereal, toast, fruit, boiled eggs or oatmeal (made in the microwave).  Lunches are generally cheese quesadillas, ham sandwiches, tuna sandwiches, bean & cheese burritos, mac & cheese, hot dogs, salads or leftovers.  They’re all super easy to prepare and overall, I don’t care if they choose different things to eat…unless it involves making a pot of something (i.e. mac & cheese)…then I require more than 1 person has to want to eat it.

 

How do you make your meal times less stressful?

 

This post was updated and modified from one that I originally posted in October of 2011.  I have since added a large section of Crockpot Freezer Meals to my site.  Be sure to check them out.  You can have the recipes for free, and if you’d like the opportunity to save time and let me completely plan the meals for you, I have 8 weeks of Crockpot Freezer Meals that come with assembly instructions and grocery list that you can purchase for a low price of $2.99 per week.

How to Make Meal Times Less Stressful!