Friday, July 29, 2011

Ranch House Crock Pot Chicken with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

This was SO easy and was SO tasty! Crock pot meals are normally good, but not great.  This one was great!
Thursday night are a bit crazy because my oldest has gymnastics at 5-6:15 which would be dinner prep time.  The solution is the good old crock pot.  This dish was originally made with pork, but I changed it to chicken because I don't eat pork.  Not for any reason other than I don't like it.  But I do love chicken.  
I was very hesitant that a recipe so simple could be good, but the sauce or gravy is full of flavor.  Sop it up with crusty bread good.  The chicken was fall apart tender.  So, brace yourselves.  You need 5 things for this chicken recipe, one being the crock pot. 

Adapted from

  • 3 large chicken breast halved thinner to make into 6
  • 1 can healthy request cream of chicken soup
  • 1 packet dry ranch dressing
  • 1/3 cup sour cream

Dump ranch dressing and soup into crock pot.  Mix.  Dump chicken into crock.  Cover and cook 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 on low (I did high and it was 3.5 hours). Pork may need longer  When it is done, whisk in the sour cream.  Serve with parmesan mashed potatoes.


  • 4 lbs peeled, cubed potatoes
  • 5 Tablespoons real butter
  • 1 Cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • Bulb of roasted garlic 
  • 1- 1 1/2 Cups warm skim milk (any milk will work)
  • 1 Tablespoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper, or to taste


Preheat oven to 350.  Cut off top of garlic bulb and drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper.  Wrap tight in foil and bake for 40-45 minutes until golden and tender.  Remove.  Squeeze bottom to get out cloves of garlic.
  Place potatoes into a large pot of cold water. Place onto stovetop over high heat and bring to a boil. Meanwhile,  Once water is boiling, cook for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and transfer to the work bowl of a stand or electric mixer. Mix on low until potatoes are mashed then add butter, parmesan, garlic, milk (start with less), salt and pepper. Season to taste if needed. For thinner mashed potatoes add more milk, slowly until your desired consitency.
Scoop mashed potatoes onto serving plates and top with chicken/pork chops and soup gravy from crock pot. Enjoy!


  1. Looks yummy. I'll have to try. I'm always up for an easy tasty meal. xo

  2. I am trying it tonight. In the crock pot:)