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We're not supposed to judge books by their covers, but recipe titles are a fairly reliable rubric. If a recipe starts with the words "creamy" and "Italian," I know there's about an 85-percent chance that I'm going to like it, and a 100-percent chance my kid will like it. And if you add the words "slow cooker," my Instant Pot-obsessed heart will sing.
Some people crave chocolate, or diamonds, but to me, the ultimate comfort food is always something heavy, salty, and creamy, especially if the weather is cold and gray and you've been pelted with freezing rain, or if you're home sick and feeling too crummy to do anything but sit around and moan. When my husband is sick he only wants to eat thin, broth-based noodle soups with spicy chili oil, but when it's me I'm just like, bring me a bowl of Alfredo sauce and a funnel.
Comfort food cravings have so much to do with the things we remember eating as kids, which is why Life in the Lofthouse's recipe for creamy Italian chicken reads like a double dose of nostalgia for me, because its key ingredients are cream of chicken soup and cream cheese, and those were two of my mother's favorite ingredients. I don't think she ever used them both in the same recipe, but that's probably just because she never thought of it.
This slow-cooker recipe is rich and creamy and extremely easy for a busy weeknight. All you have to do is put chicken breasts in a slow cooker with cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, a dash of Mrs. Dash's Original Seasoning Blend, and a bit of Italian seasoning blend. Then just let the slow cooker do its thing for about five hours, and when it's finished you can shred the chicken with a pair of forks until you have a creamy sauce full of shredded chicken you can serve on top of rice, potatoes, noodles, or any other carb. One commenter suggested using a pie crust for chicken pot pie. My mother probably would have served it over toast, but you could try it over anything you like.
Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken by Life in the Lofthouse