Savory Sundays: Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Pasta

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Do you know what today is? For some of us it is Christmas Eve.

Some Eastern Orthodox Churches, including those of Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, and a few others mark January 7th as Christmas in accordance with the old calendar, also known as the Julian calendar. Thus today is Christmas Eve and we’re getting ready for our big day tomorrow.

On the Eve of Christmas, it is traditional for all family members to gather and share a special meal. Can you guess what I am eating? It’s not what you see in these photos. Due to the Christmas Fast, today is going to be meatless, dairy free, egg free…

We will be roasting chestnuts and eating a big serving of Tavce Gravce. Dessert includes oranges, apples, and apricots. Wish I could dip them in some milk chocolate… 😉

But, come tomorrow I will be feasting on some pork, potatoes, veggies, this creamy chicken, salads, and desserts. Yes, desserts. Plural.

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About this creamy chicken. It’s seriously delicious. Honest to goodness. My husband thinks that it tastes exactly like those frozen dinners by Michelinas. I’m supposed to take that as a complement because that used to be his absolute favorite before he met me and my kitchen. :-)

I think it just tastes darn good. We always go back for seconds and then sop up the bit of sauce left behind with some crusty bread. I also serve it with a leafy green salad on the side and a bottle of Chardonnay. YUM! I’m getting hungry!

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ENJOY!

Savory Sundays: Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Pasta
 
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Serves: Serves 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs. (about 4 pieces) skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 small yellow onions, sliced
  • 3 whole cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 large carrot, sliced into rounds
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh or dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can (14.5 oz. each) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 bag (16 ounces) of egg noodles, prepared according to the directions on the package
  • Parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Gather all your prepared ingredients, except for the heavy cream and noodles, into the pot of your 7-quart, or larger, slow cooker.
  2. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours, or on LOW for 6 to 7 hours.
  3. Stir in the heavy cream.
  4. Continue to cook for 5 more minutes, or until heated through.
  5. Spoon on top of egg noodles and garnish with parsley.
Notes
*** If you want a thicker sauce:

You will need 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons flour.

Melt the butter in a frying pan and whisk in the flour; continue to whisk until thick and creamy. Remove and whisk the roux into the broth only after it has finished cooking in the crock pot.

Comments

    • says

      Oh wow. That sounds gooooood! 😀 But, liquor doesn’t boil down and reduce in a slow cooker because of the very low heat. If you do add the vodka, add it at the beginning, but warning, you’ll end up with a very alcohol-tasting pasta. :)

  1. Anna says

    Like other people said, it turned out very, very soupy–not creamy at all. My husband described it like I poured milk over noodles. Also had very little flavor. We ended up having cereal for dinner instead.

    • says

      My apologies, Anna :(. Not sure why this didn’t turn out for a few of you, but I will soon do a recipe-makeover and include the optional fixes into the recipe instead of them sitting in the “Notes” section. Thank you so much for letting me know. I appreciate the feedback.

  2. Linda Doty says

    Have this cooking right now. I find meat from a cooker always has a better taste when browned a little beforehand. Can’t wait to try it!

  3. says

    Hi Kate, I’m wondering if you can explain what a can on chicken broth is. In New Zealand I’ve never seen this so I’m not quite sure what I should be using. The recipe sounds great, and the meal looks delicious so I’m keen to make this in winter (Summer here right now) but want to make sure I’m using the correct ingredients. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • says

      Hi, Anita!

      Chicken broth is the same as chicken stock… you can use homemade if you like. The amount needed for this recipe is roughly 4 cups. I hope that helps. If not, please let me know!

      Merry Christmas to you, too!!

  4. Nicole Smith says

    This might be a stupid question, but: does the chicken have to be cooked before it’s in the crock pot?

  5. says

    Something this good came from a slow cooker?! This is impressive. Don’t get me wrong, I use my slow cooker and have made some good meals with it, but it usually doesn’t look this pretty. Love it! Merry Christmas to you and yours Kate!

  6. says

    This looks so comforting, and the way you styled the photos reminds me of sitting down to dinner at my Mom’s house. I feel homesick looking at it (in a good way). I swear I can smell it cooking. Nice job!

  7. says

    I think I wished you a Happy New Year on your last post but here I am wishing you a Merry Christmas now. :) Hope your holiday is filled with lots of laughter and great eats. This is my kind of comforting, easy-to-prepare meal. :)

  8. says

    Merry Christmas! What a wonderful dish to eat with family and other loved ones. Thank you for sharing…what a nice way to end my weekend (and get ready for dinner!) I hope you have a wonderful week!

  9. Nancy R says

    It looks so yummy Kate. I have never tried chicken in my slow cooker before. I mainly do beef and lamb. I will have to try soon. I’m sure it’s better than Michelinas. Pitty my husband does not eat chicken. Boy, is he missing out!

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