Friday, January 17, 2014

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Marsala

This creamy slow cooker version of Chicken Marsala has all the flavor of the traditional dish minus a lot of the work...
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Earlier this week, I posed the question to my blog's Facebook page to find out if my readers would rather see a slow cooker recipe or a Valentine's Day recipe on the blog before the weekend.
Needless to say and as is proof of this post today, it was a resounding and overwhelming vote for the crock pot recipe. ;)
Man, you all love your slow cooker recipes!

One of my brilliant Facebook fans (ahem... Amanda) specifically asked if I could post a slow cooker recipe that would be perfect for a romantic dinner for Valentine's Day!
Clever girl. ;)

This Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Marsala is a play on an Italian classic that I love- love the dish, just not always the work that goes into making a traditional chicken marsala.  This crock pot version is so incredibly easy to get started before leaving the house (maybe 10-15 minutes of prep?).  And since Valentine's Day falls on a Friday this year, you and your sweetie could be coming home from work that day to a perfectly slow cooked Valentine's Day dinner.  Just add a salad, a bottle of wine, and maybe some chocolates and instant romance without a ton of work and without a reservation... ;)
Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Marsala
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5-6 hours
Ingredients (Serves 4)
  • 4-5 chicken breasts, trimmed of fat
  • 1 10.5 oz can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 8 oz of fresh mushrooms (any kind), sliced
  • 1 package of dry onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup half & half
  • Pasta or rice for 4
Instructions
In a small bowl, whisk together the cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix, & Marsala wine. Set aside.

Spray the inside of a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add in the chicken breasts and mushroom slices.
Pour the cream soup mixture over top and mix well.
Cook on Low for 5-6 hours.

During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add in the butter and half & half. Mix well and cook on Low for the additional 30 minutes.

Serve over cooked rice or pasta. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
Enjoy!
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This recipe calls for sliced fresh mushrooms and any other time I would have totally tossed them in there... but I made this as a romantic dinner for my husband and he well... hates mushrooms.  Loves the taste of them, loves the flavor they give a dish, but loathes the texture.  So, the version I photographed for this post is sans the sliced mushrooms.  
I know... I am such a sweet wife, right? ;)  Feel free to throw in the mushrooms or leave them out.  Either way this chicken dish is creamy and phenomenal! 

Will you be using your slow cooker to make Valentine's Day dinner this year? It sure beats the crowds, the jacked up menu prices, and the struggle for a reservation (& then a parking space!) if you ask me. ;)

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