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Recipe: Easy Crock Pot Chicken Leg Quarters

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Put your crock pot to good use with this simple chicken leg recipe!

Put your crock pot to good use with this simple chicken leg recipe!

Making the Most of Your Crock Pot

This simple chicken recipe is a comforting, warm meal for the cold of winter. It's also great in the summer, because slow cooker meals won't overheat your house on a hot day (like an oven would!). This is one of my kids' favorite home-cooked meals. I imagine they'll try to recreate it themselves someday!

This recipe can be used on chicken or pork. This dish just has a wonderful taste that goes with whatever kind of meat you choose. It can also be served with mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or rice. So you can really mix this up and make it your family's new favorite dish. You can also add a 1/4 cup of white wine to the sauce if you want a little extra tang. I would lessen the amount of water by 1/4 cup if you add wine. I like it a lot with the wine; I just did not happen to have any on hand when I made this the other night.

This dish is also very flavorful, quick, and easy to prepare. It literally only takes the time you need to rinse and pat dry the chicken, then it takes about 2 minutes to mix up the sauce. I suppose if you'd like to make it a bit healthier, you could eliminate the cream of chicken soup. If you do that, I would use a can of chicken broth in place of it or a chicken bouillon cube dissolved in a cup of warm water. Then add in the drained mushroom pieces, cover, and cook for about 4-5 hours on low. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts will cook faster than bone-in chicken leg quarters. So keep an eye on your chicken or pork. Enjoy your meal!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

5 hours

5 hours 5 min

serves four

Ingredients

  • 4 leg quarters chicken, drumstick and thigh
  • 1 package dry Italian seasoning
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 4 oz (small can) drained, sliced mushrooms, you can use fresh mushrooms if you like

Instructions

  1. Gently wash and pat dry chicken leg quarters. Salt and pepper each piece. I left the skin on my chicken leg quarters this time. I might remove most of it the next time I make this dish. I am used to cooking with no skins and wanted more flavor, so I left the skins on this time. It did help keep the chicken very moist but made the gravy a little greasier than I am used to.
  2. Spray the crock pot lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Place leg quarters on top of each other in the slow cooker. In a small bowl, soften the cream cheese in the microwave for about 25 seconds.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the cream of chicken soup, the softened cream cheese, the dry Italian seasoning, and 1/2 cup water. Pour the soup mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker.
  4. Drain the can of mushrooms or use sliced fresh mushrooms. Pour over the chicken in the crock pot and cover. Cook on low for 5 hours. Serve with mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles, and enjoy!

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