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Slow-Cooker Recipe for Chicken Stroganoff

Updated on December 30, 2014
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Delicious Crockpot Stroganoff

Your family will love this chicken stroganoff served over noodles or rice.
Your family will love this chicken stroganoff served over noodles or rice. | Source

Easy | Delicious Chicken Slow-Cooker Recipe

Where would we be without our slow cookers? It's so heavenly to come home from a long day, or an afternoon of errands, and have dinner ready.

This recipe was adapted from one I was introduced to recently. I use more onion than the original, and I prefer to add water at the start of the preparation as well as later.

It's an ideal dish to make when you will be out of the house for a few hours, but not all day. You may need to set the timer if you'll be gone longer than 4-6 hours. I like to make it when I'm out for an afternoon of errands or when when I plan to come home late after church.

The recipe calls for chicken, but would be easy to adapt for a beef version. You can serve it with rice, noodles or even over potatoes (depending on what the picky eaters in your family prefer).

One thing I love about the recipe is that it calls for cream cheese rather than sour cream. I am far more likely to have cream cheese on hand than a tub of sour cream, because it lasts longer before expiring and you can almost keep it as a staple item if you use it fairly often. Sour cream, on the other hand, will not keep as long.

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Ingredients & Instructions for Chicken Stroganoff in a Crockpot

  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts (or an equal amount of beef chunks)
  • Melted butter
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 packet or envelope of Italian Dressing Mix (for the chicken version - use onion soup mix for beef)
  • Three tablespoons of water
  • 1/2 small onion, divided, finely chopped
  • 8 oz (approx 226 gms) cream cheese - it's fine to use non-fat
  • One can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 small can (4 oz, or 113 gms) mushrooms, or you can add more if you like
  • 1/2 cup water (approx 113 grams)


Preparation:

Brush each chicken breast with melted butter and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. The seasoning mix can be a bit salty, so keep that in mind. Place chicken in slow cooker and sprinkle with water. Add 1/2 of the chopped onion and the dressing mix. You can leave out the water at this point, and the mixture will create a lot of liquid; I prefer adding water at this stage, though.

Set slow cooker on low and cook for approximately six hours. I've cooked it on high for about half that time, but you will need to watch it toward the end. Boneless chicken cooks much faster than with the bone in.

Slice into one piece of chicken to test if it's cooked. Then drain and save the juices from the slow cooker (or remove the chicken to pull it apart).

Add the cream cheese and cream of mushroom soup to the juices and blend well. If I leave the juices in the slow cooker, I use the immersion blender to get the lumps out. You can also put everything in the blender and mix it well, or use a whisk and thoroughly blend in the lumps.

Pull the chicken apart into bite-sized pieces and return it to the slow cooker and add the liquid mixture. Add the remaining chopped onion and the canned mushrooms. Cook for another 30 minutes or so.

Serve over noodles, rice, or a pasta of your choice.

Makes at least four generous servings.

NOTE: The sauce or gravy will be fairly thick; if you prefer a thinner sauce, add milk toward the end of the preparation, when you blend the mixture. You can also double the recipe if you wish. Experiment with the amount of chicken to get your preferred ratio of sauce to meat.

Watch these four cute guys make stovetop Turkey & Mushroom Stroganoff using leftover cooked turkey

Serving Suggestions

Be sure to add a salad or a green vegetable to round out the meal in terms of nutrition and color. Fresh fruit would work well as a colorful addition to the plate.

Salad suggestions:

Add a tossed green salad with a few bright red tomatoes, or a spinach salad with fresh strawberries or raspberries and sugared walnuts.

Vegetables:

Broccoli

Green Beans

Brussels Sprouts

Fruit Suggestions:

Watermelon

Apple wedges with skin left on to add color

Melon slices

Green or red grapes

Since the meal is very hearty, dessert can just be the fresh fruit mentioned above. You won't need anything heavy like cake or a pastry!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    ;)

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    Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    Sure can, Marcy! come on over!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    I think sour cream would work - I'm not sure how it performs in slow cookers, but since you add it at the end, it should work. Maybe you can check for crockpot recipes that use sour cream and see how they add it. Most stroganoff is made with sour cream anyway, so the taste should be wonderful! (Can I come by and have a bite?).

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    Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    Marcy--does the sour cream work just as well, or is the cream cheese even better? I'm the opposite with sour cream. I'm the only one using it, and I can have 2 tubs in the fridge and use it all before it goes bad. I use it on so many things! I usually freeze my cream cheese until I need to use it. Which do you think is better, though, and that is what I'll try it with.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Victoria Lynn - I hope you enjoy the recipe! Everyone I've served it to lives the way the cream cheese enhances the taste - it even works well with fat free cream cheese! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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    Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    This looks great! I use my slow cooker more and more all the time. Saving this recipe to try! Thanks!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, homesteadbound - I appreciate your comments! I can't wait to hear how you like the recipe; it's a favorite for me!

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    Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

    I love stroganoff and I have been looking for recipes to try in the crock pot so I will have to give this one a try. I can't wait.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, jojokaya - I hope you enjoy the dish when you try it out - and thanks for your kind comments!

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    jojokaya 5 years ago from USA

    This is delicious and I love to use slow cooker ...

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thank you, Donna! I hope you try it, and please let me know how it works for you!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Fred - I can personally vouch for this being a great recipe to make while you're hubbing away! I've made it at least twice in the past month, and it is so good. The cream cheese adds a flavor I prefer over the sour cream versions. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Donna Fairley Huebsch 5 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

    Oo-o-o, this looks great! I was just thinking that I needed a main dish crockpot recipe to make on a busy day that I have coming up, and I didn't want soup, which is what my current crockpot repertoire is limited to :o) Thanks for the recipe.

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    Fred Smedley 5 years ago from Devon, United Kingdom

    Marcy, this sounds and looks delicious. Ideal for setting and leaving while I'm upstairs in the office hubbing. Will have to give it a go.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thank you, Exotic Hippie Queen! I hope you enjoy it - watch it a bit the first time you make it to determine the best cooking time for your specific slow cooker. It's very tasty - the Italian dressing lends a terrific flavor. Thanks for your comments here!

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    ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

    Oh, YUM! I will definitely give this one a a try. I love all stroganoff's. Great idea!