Ideas of ways to make crockpot chicken breast better?
Basic recipe calls for boneless chicken breast, mushrooms, chicken broth, and cream of mushroom soup. What things could be added to give it more a pop of flavor? I find cream of mushroom ok, but bland. Would basil work in this dish?
I love rosemary in chicken (and pork) dishes. If you're looking for a burst of flavor, I'd try adding rosemary.
It depends on personal taste, but as well as Rosemary, Tarragon is a good addition to chicken, Thyme, Sage and Parsley can also be used. If you are not sure experiment a bit.
Personally I would not use Basil unless I was flavoring with garlic, tomatoes and onions, this will give an Italian feel so Oregano, Basil and Cilantro could be added to create the right blend. Do not be afraid to experiment a bit, until you find combinations and blends that suit your taste.
It is far better to use herbs and spices than salt and sugar to season dishes. Nothing is right or wrong, it is a question of suiting your palate. It is like choosing the right wines. There are guidelines to help in choosing, but no rules written in stone.
Since the flavor of food depends on aging and growth factors the best chefs taste and adjust seasonings until they get the affect they require.
Thanks. I guess I was just looking for things people had tried as a guideline. I have a ton of fresh herbs and was having a difficult time choosing which to use! Thank you!
These are all things I have used in the past.
I have a standard week-night dinner I make with those ingredients (just sauteed, not cooked in the crock pot) and I start it out by dicing and caramelizing an entire large onion in olive oil. The caramelized onion turns the mushroom soup a nice golden brown color and adds a lot of taste to the soup/sauce.
I like the rosemary suggestion too, and plenty of garlic sounds yummy also.
It's a good basic recipe, but you can tweak it to make it your own. My mom used to add flavor by using cream of celery soup. You can do it along with the mushroom or just by itself. Personally, I find the cream of mushroom too bland, so I use a combination of cream of chicken and cream of mushroom, or you can by a combination of the two in one can, cream of chicken mushroom soup. I also like adding a little sage to the mix, too because I like for it to taste like chicken and dressing. I think the other folks have given a good idea of which spices may spice it up.
Your plan sounds pretty good, but I would be sure to add some braising liquid as well as the veg + chicken. Also you will get better results if you sear the chicken before the braise.
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