Here’s an idea for you! It’s a super simple way to prepare chicken breasts in a creamy sauce without the worry of over-cooking or burning the chicken breasts.
Since I find Alfredo sauce from a jar to be pretty bland, I mixed it with Italian salad dressing – an ingredient Maggie from smashedpeasandcarrots.com uses in her Creamy Crockpot Chicken Alfredo. Love the extra zip it adds to the sauce! Thanks Maggie!
Toss in a few of your favorite veggies for added color, then put your feet up and let the slow cooker cook you one tasty, and good looking, meal!
2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts / $6.07
1 jar (13.5 oz / 410 ml) Alfredo sauce / $2.99
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing / $0.68
1 roasted red pepper (from a jar), chopped / $0.70
8 oz spaghetti or other pasta/ $0.54
1/2 cup frozen peas, cooked in the microwave / $0.35
1. PREP THE CHICKEN BREASTS AND SAUCE
Cut the chicken breasts in half, pat dry with paper towels, and season each side with salt and pepper – just like if we were going to pan fry the chicken breasts quickly in a skillet.
Mix the jar of Alfredo sauce with a 1/2 cup of Italian salad dressing.
2. Add Appetizing Color
To add some color, I topped each piece of chicken with sliced roasted red peppers from a jar before pouring the Alfredo sauce and salad dressing mixture over top.
Since the chicken breasts are cut in half, it only takes about 2 hours for them to cook (on the high setting) in the crock-pot. Give them about 4 hours on low. During the last 20 minutes I boiled a pot of spaghetti and heated some frozen peas in the microwave.
Once the chicken is cooked, shred it with a fork and stir it back into the crock-pot. Ladle the sauce and shredded chicken over the cooked pasta and top with peas!
It’s a pretty freaking amazing dish and not at all terrifying if you happen to be cooking fresh chicken breast for the first time. Wrap this saucy meal around your fork and enjoy!
Looking for more easy recipes you can make on a budget? Head on over to the cafe’s Recipe Menu! You’ll also find exclusive cooking tips and recipes in my Weekly Updates or in my e-cookbook 15-Minute Money Saving Meals for Students (2015).
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