Cooking Adventures: Cheesy Chicken

Yeah, I know. There hasn’t been a new post on this site for 3 years. I thought it was over. After 10 years of blogging I ran out of things to say.

But then someone gave me an idea…

You see,┬ámy whole life I’ve lived off take-out food. My cooking extended to frozen meals and pasta. But lately I’ve been branching out, and someone asked me to share the results of my most recent cooking adventure. I’ll write a separate blog about the bigger picture here, but for now let me share this week’s adventure.

Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken

You can click on that link to get the specific recipe, but the basic idea is that you throw some chicken, cream cheese, and ranch seasoning into a slow cooker for 6+ hours. Then you shred the chicken and add bacon and cheese.

I’ve never shredded anything before so I gave it a try.

Throw It All In

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I love slow-cooker recipes for two reasons. First, it’s easy. Most recipes tell you to throw a bunch of stuff in and then leave it for a few hours. Second, it’s great for making large quantities. I can cook stew one night and get 6 meals out of it!

So I threw 2 large chicken breasts, a bar of cream cheese, and ranch seasoning in to a small crock pot and walked away. Bam!

Shred the Chicken

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I probably should have used a larger pot OR cut up the chicken into smaller chunks because it wound up taking 8 hours before the chicken was soft enough to shred. Using 2 forks, I shred the chicken right inside the slow cooker. It was a lot easier than I thought. Then I mixed it up with the melted cream cheese.

Looks a little gross, right?

Add the Toppings

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Once the chicken was shredded, I cooked a bunch of bacon in the microwave. Yeah, I know. That’s sacrilegious! But I needed it to be crispy enough to crumble up and that seemed like the easiest way. So I put the overcooked bacon in a ziplock bag and smashed it up good while singing the bacon song. Then I dumped that in the slow cooker. Finally, I sprinkled shredded cheddar cheese over the top and left it sit for another 15 minutes to melt.

Nom Time

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The result was pretty good, but far too rich. It really fell in to the “Comfort Food” category, so I probably won’t be making it again.

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