I love cream cheese. LOVE it. I try not to eat too much of it though, mostly because society says I have to wear pants, and if I ate as much cream cheese as I want to, I wouldn’t have any pants that fit.
This Crock Pot Cream Cheese recipe could have just been chicken covered in cream cheese, and I would have been licking the bowl. It was rich and delicious, as I knew it would be, and even my cream cheese hating brother-in-law liked this one.
Did you know there are people in this world who don’t like cream cheese? Crazy, right? I have another brother-in-law who doesn’t like chicken, which proves I married into a bunch of weirdos.
I used my 6.5-Quart Crock-Pot Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker to make this recipe.
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 lbs chicken pieces (I used thighs)
- 1 (2/3 ounce) package Italian salad dressing mix
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 TBSP butter
- 12 ounces cream cheese
- Place the chopped onion in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Place chicken pieces in crockpot on top of the onion, and sprinkle Italian seasoning and garlic over chicken.
- Chunk up the butter and place on top of the chicken.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
- Add the cream cheese and mix in, shredding the chicken while you're at it.
- Cover again, and cook on low for another 30 minutes or so.
This was so good! I love a good and easy crock and this totally makes the cut! I did make one change and that was instead of adding an Italian seasoning packet and 2 tbsp melted butter, I just added 3 tbsp of Italian salad dressing. I would do this next time too... It was great! Our family served with mashed potatoes and we all (even my 2 year old) thought it was great. I should also mention that my husband HATES cream cheese and normally I would substitute for sour cream but I decided to stick with the heart of the recipe and he didn't even notice! (Note: Sarah cooked it for 4 hours on low for the first step and another hour after adding the final ingredients.)
I made a modification that I would recommend to those of you who are out of the house all day. I put everything in the slow cooker (except the cream cheese) and cooked it on low for six hours. The cream cheese was added immediately before serving. If you are familiar with Crock Pot Thursday, you know that any steps that dirty another dish annoy me, and on this particular day, I wasn't home to add the extra step an hour before serving. It turned out great, and I think sauteing the garlic and onion is a totally unnecessary step if it's cooking for six hours. A handy alternative for someone who truly needs to set it and forget it. We served it with rice one night and mashed potatoes the next, and my husband preferred the rice while I liked the mashed potatoes. The kids didn't like the looks of it, and since I didn't want to share, I didn't force them to eat it. If they would have tried it, they would have liked it. Suckers.
This recipe is most definitely not fancy, but it is GOOD. The creamy gravy is so perfect with mashed potatoes. I didn't change anything, except that I cut up the chicken about half way through to help soak up some flavor (and I forgot to add the Italian seasoning until way late, but it still turned out great). My family loved it. The only downside I can think of is that... while simple... it's a two-step recipe, so not as friendly for those that like the ease of slow cooking while at work.