Sad news in the Smash/GB household.
Our stove broke.
We're getting a new one very soon, but in the meantime this calls for creative cooking. GB and I are becoming slow cooker champions!
All over Pinterest people are 'pinning' slow cooker recipes. I found a woman who blogged about using her slow cooker every day for 365 days in a row. She's clearly an ambitious woman. So I took this recipe from her and got to work.
Ingredients needed for the Chicken and Rice slow cooked dinner:
3-4 Chicken Breast Halves
1 1/2 cups Brown Rice
8 Oz Mushrooms
1 Medium Onion, chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
The recipe also calls for chicken broth, milk and flour to combine together but cooked stovetop. GB believes this is created to achieve a more natural 'Cream of Chicken' soup - but since we can't cook atop a stove, we just used 2 cans of Cream of Mushroom soup. If you want to make this meal - do it the right way and tell me how it goes!
First I bought (almost) a whole chicken and GB chopped the chicken off the bone for me.
Notice the spilled rice all over the counter, thanks to yours truly.
I poured the 1 1/2 cups of brown rice into the slower cooker.
I chopped the onion and did not cry, you should be proud. I tossed those into the rice as well.
According to my mathematical equations, it was the same price to buy the mushrooms chopped this particular day, so I just threw those in too.
Next I added 1/2 Teaspoon of onion powder,
I also shook some ground pepper with the other ingredients.
I poured 2 cans of cream of chicken in the slow cooker with about 1/4 cup of milk to thin it out.
I mixed it up just a little bit.
Then I placed the chicken atop the combo of ingredients.
We put the slow cooker on high for 4 hours. After about 3 hours the chicken was cooked, but the rice still needed some time.
We served this aside some steamed veggies.
So how did this taste, you ask?
It needed salt. A lot of it.
The more I think about this meal, the more I think it was a bust. I would not make this again. It was boring - and it needed way more color. GB said he liked it - but he usually says that about anything I make. I wouldn't take his word for it.