After going through a few recipes I decided a chicken stew would be a perfect choice, only it needed a twist. I saw a recipe on the Betty Crocker website that used Alfredo sauce with chicken and veggies to make a thick soup, the best part was that it was made in the crockpot--BINGO! After simmering away all afternoon, a rich, cheesy, flavorful stew emerged that hit that cold weather spot. It might be the last chance for cold weather food until next fall, but this definitely won't be the last time I make this simple stew! Serve it with a simple green salad and divine breadsticks for a great meal.
Recipe Source: A Cook's Quest, inspired by Betty Crocker
1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken (thighs or breasts), cut into strips
4 cups diced potatoes
1/2 cup diced onion
1 jar of your favorite Alfredo sauce (or you can make your own)
1 tsp Italian Seasoning (or you can make your own with basil, oregano and parsley)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 c parmesean cheese
2 cups frozen broccoli
Combine sauce, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder in a small bowl.
Layer chicken, then poatoes, onion and the sauce in your crockpot. Repeat layers ending with your sauce. Top with the cheese and cook 4-6 hours on high heat or 6-8 hours on low or until your chicken is cooked through and your potatoes are tender. During the last 30 minutes, add the broccoli and allow to cook until fork tender.
**If you want a soup, add 1 cup of chicken stock to thin the stew.
Total Cost $2.25
Chicken-Free (I used catalina's to buy a ton of Chicken a few weeks ago and got it free)
Potatoes- $.30 (local produce is very cheap!)
Onion- $.20 (again, local produce)
Alfredo Sauce- $.75 (sale item with coupons)
Broccoli- $.50 (sale item, with coupons)