I'm so glad to have my slow cooker to save me on days like that. It's so nice to be able to throw everything into the cooker early in the day when I still have my energy and not worry about it again until it's just about ready to eat. Plus, the lack of having to turn the oven on to heat my house up even more is an extra bonus that I love.
In case you're like me and dragging yourself into the remaining days of summer, here's an easy slow cooker recipe that tastes great and will have your kids sliding up to the table to eat on the first "dinner" call.
Start with one small frozen chicken breast per person. (Since Mini Me and Dardevil don't eat that much, I only put one in for the two of them to share.) Throw your chicken into the slow cooker.
Depending upon how much work you want to do, you can either use canned Chicken gravy or make your own. I like to make mine since it's not that much extra work and is ALOT cheaper than the canned stuff.
If you're making your own, I used McCormick Premium Poultry Gravy and make 5 servings worth of gravy for 6 chicken breasts. If you're making less for a smaller family, then adjust accordingly.
Add your water and gravy mix to a sauce pan, mix well and heat to boiling. Once boiling, lower your heat and simmer for 5-8 minutes. I did about five minutes since it would be simmering in the slow cooker all day anyway.
Dump your gravy mix on top of the frozen chicken breasts. You'll want the chicken to be mostly covered by the gravy mix. Cook on low for 6 hours.
When you are about ready for dinner, cook enough rice to feed your family. (Ours eats about three cups at a meal.)
Uncover your chicken and use a sharp spatula to shred your chicken into pieces. You really won't be able to see your chicken at first, so just start chopping that spatula into the gravy (but be careful because it's hot!) As you shred the chicken, you'll be able to mix it and see the larger pieces that need to be chopped a little more.
Once your chicken and rice are ready, assemble any other ingredients that you might enjoy in your meal. One of the great things about this dinner is that it is versitile and each person can make the meal to their own tastes. Our basic ingredients are usually chunk pineapple, chinese noodles, olives, green onions, shredded cheese, and coconut. You can add whatever you like, however you like it.
To make your meal, start adding your ingredients to your plate. The meal gets it's name from the building of the ingredients upwards into a haystack shape. I like to have the chinese noodles, alot of rice, shredded cheese, and then chicken on top.
Daredevil likes his with olives, while Mini Me likes his with just rice and chicken.
I Dear Hubby adds everything except the kitchen sink. So feel free to get experimental and enjoy.