Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing w/ "Olive Garden" Salad

This is a variation on a recipe that I've made several times but I've never made it in my crockpot. Everyone really liked it so the recipe is a keeper.

I've been trying to use my crockpot at least once a week to give me extra time in the evenings to spend with my kids. We usually use this extra time to catch up on reading or working on the computer but also to just hang out and talk about what's been going on in school.

Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing

1 package (6 ounces) seasoned stuffing crumbs (a "stove top" type stuffing mix)
1 large potato, cut in small dice - I did not add this to the stuffing. Instead, I cooked potatoes seperately as a side dish.
1 bunch green onions, chopped - I used 1 small white onion, diced small
2 ribs celery, chopped - I didn't not add
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, divided
1 to 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins or boneless breasts
1 jar (12 ounces) chicken gravy, such as Heinz Homestyle Chicken Gravy - I used 2


In a lightly buttered or sprayed crockpot (Important!), toss stuffing crumbs with diced potato, green onion, celery, 2 tablespoons melted butter and 1/2 cup water. Sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon of poultry seasoning. Top stuffing with chicken pieces; drizzle with remaining butter and poultry seasoning. Pour gravy over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.

I cooked potatoes to add as a side dish, along with an "Olive Garden" salad.

I found this "Olive Garden" salad recipe on the But Mama, I'm Hungry blog. It is such a cute blog with lots of great recipes.

I made the salad as per the recipe instructions. Although my son, daughter and I really liked the dressing, the mayo threw it off for my husband. I didn't think that the dressing was a dead ringer for Olive Garden but it was good.

Just Like Olive Garden Salad

1 large bag of romaine lettuce salad mix or desired amount of lettuce
1/4 red onion, sliced thin
1/2 can black olives, drained and refrigerated
10 peperoncinci pepper rings
1 tomato, cut into slices
1/2 cup croutons (optional)
1/2 cup garbanzo beans (optional)
desired amount of dressing (recipe below)

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl, tossing until everything is coated with the salad dressing. Serve and enjoy!

Just Like Olive Garden Salad Dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons corn syrup
4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon dry Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix all ingredients in a blender until well mixed. Refrigerate any leftovers.

The crockpot chicken and stuffing was found on Alicia's recipes. It's going to be entered into the November Blog Event at Cooking with Alicia & Annie's.

I'm also linking it to Crockpot Wednesday @ Dining with Debbie


Kim said...

This looks great Tami. I love recipes that you can do in the crock pot! I made an olive garden salad from the food network site. It was pretty close to the one at OG. I think it is called Almost-Famous Italian Salad on food network.

Tami said...

Hi Kim! I will take a look for that recipe today. Thanks!

Melody said...

This looks like a great meal from start to finish! So comforting!

Tami said...

Hi Melody! Thanks for stopping by this morning!

Amanda said...

Sounds delicious! Interesting, never would have guessed there was mayo in the dressing!

jo@blog-diggidy said...

the chicken and stuffing sounds so easy and DELICIOUS TOO!!!! :) thnx!!

Tami said...

Amanda, I think that is where there is a difference between the real dressing and this recipe. I don't think that there is mayo in the original OG recipe -- I could be wrong, though. Surprisingly, it tasted a lot like the real thing. Both of my kids like mayo dressings so I wasn't surprised that they liked it. Bill, on the other hand, pretty much hates mayo on everything.

Thanks, jsprik!

Anonymous said...

This meal looks so good...I am going to try it. :) Thanks for sharing.

Tami said...

Jamey, It's a really easy meal for those busy days that we all have.

Thanks for stopping by to say "hi"!

Arlene Delloro said...

I've seen a similar recipe and thought it would make a tasty dinner. Will have to try it.

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