5 Slow Cooker Recipes to Make Your Life Easy

The situation with the hot water heater cause a bit more chaos than I expected. Mr. C has been doing dishes by heating water in the coffee maker but I feel a bit guilty about cooking when things are the way they are. We’ve been dining on our freezer meals since the weekend since I don’t have to mess up a lot of baking dishes, etc. Today it hit me. Why haven’t I pulled out the slow cooker? I’m sure you too have days when slow cooker meals are a life-saver so here are 5 Slow Cooker Recipes to Make Your Life Easy!

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Breaded Chicken & Fettuccine with Lemon Cream Sauce

The weather suddenly cooled significantly here. It was 85° just a few days ago and now it’s in the low, LOW 60’s. I need a shot of summer even if it’s only in the flavors in my dinner. So I’m made Breaded Chicken & Fettuccine with Lemon Cream Sauce because lemon always reminds me of summer and pasta is just plain comforting in any situation.

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I tried to get pictures of the steps during cooking but I discovered I was in too much pain to even care how they looked. This is the problem with cooking any dish that requires more labor than frozen pizza on days like this.

In spite of the lack of pictures please try this recipe. Even M, who still can’t taste a lot, said it was delicious and actually asked me to put it in my regular recipe rotation (and say that three times fast). I really believe you’ll love it. It’s also very easy to make in larger quantities if you have more than 2 people in your house.

 

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Breaded Chicken & Fettucine with Lemon Cream Sauce

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

2 servings of fettuccine, cooked al dente

For the chicken:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
  • 1 egg, mixed
  • 1/2 cup Italian Panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons oil for frying chicken

 

For the lemon cream sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

 

Optional:

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Parsley

 

Directions:

  1. Boil salted water and cook fettuccine until al dente.
  2. Drain and keep hot.
  3. Pound the chicken breasts until they are evenly thin.
  4. In a dish large enough for the breasts, whisk the egg.
  5. Pour panko crumbs into a dish large enough to hold the chicken breasts.
  6. Dip the breasts into the egg then into the breadcrumbs, pressing crumbs into the meat.
  7. Heat the oil in a large skillet until shimmering.
  8. Lay the chicken breasts in the skillet and cook each side until browned and crispy (about 3 – 4 minutes per side). *If your chicken is browning too quickly you can finish it in a 400F oven to reach the correct temperature.
  9. Remove the chicken and keep hot.
  10. Add the butter to the skillet then the chicken broth scraping up any browned bits from the chicken.
  11. Bring the broth to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until reduced to not quite half.
  12. Stir in the heavy cream and lemon juice and increase the heat to medium.
  13. Cook until the broth and cream mixture is thickened.
  14. Place the breaded chicken and fettuccine on a plate and spoon some of the lemon cream sauce over both.
  15. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and garnish with parsley.