Italian Crockpot Chicken

0 Posted by - July 14, 2012 - Food & Drink

I know I’ve been doing a lot of recipes lately, guys, and I feel a little bad about that, sort of. On the other hand, food is totally popular on Pinterest and, if I’m being honest, totally popular at my house, too. I like to eat, dudes. But stay tuned for a non-recipe pin test on Monday.

I decided to test Italian crockpot chicken this time. Why? Well, I’ll tell you. After I show you the pin:

So, I’ve found myself lately with a mandate that I cook dinner. Normally, I would wave my little feminist flag and say, “No way, asshat,” and then not cook for weeks just out of spite. But I feel like I should cook now because (tada) I’m no longer officially employed. Yup, I got downsized out of my day job and can now officially claim that I am a blogger, since I am not otherwise gainfully employed.

Anyway, in trying to assuage my guilt about not being a salaried member of the household, I volunteered to cook and clean. Plus it would give me fodder to test. Bwahahaha. Look out.

I like crockpot recipes, generally. Because I am a lazyass. Yes, even when I am home all day, I can find many better things to do than cook. Like nap. Or read. Or pluck my eyebrows. Or make scary faces in the mirror until I convince myself that there is a demon inside me and I need to go hide under the bed for a while.


Anyway, this one was pretty easy. You just throw everything in the crockpot.

Please note that I even used actual potatoes, thank you very much. I didn’t figure a rice substitution would really work on this one.

I let it cook all day and it smelled really good and I was excited about it. But then I opened the lid and dished it up and I was not excited anymore. It wasn’t exactly terrible, but it wasn’t good. The dressing sort of separated into yuck and oil, and it was a little overwhelmingly… well, just kind of assy. Also, the carrots didn’t cook quite enough, or something. I don’t know. I’m not a freakin’ chemist so I don’t understand these things.

Also, I couldn’t really dish the stuff out separately, so we had sort of a chicken-Italian-dressing-potato-carrot stew. Probably if they’d called it that, I wouldn’t have tried it.


  • sarah_puppy July 14, 2012 - 4:34 am Reply

    On the plus side, I do believe that your result actually looks more tasty on the plate…

    • Noisy Quiet July 14, 2012 - 12:04 pm Reply

       @sarah_puppy I thought the same thing!

    • Tracy July 14, 2012 - 2:31 pm Reply

       @sarah_puppy Well I agree.  I would have pinned your picture, but not the other one. 

  • KRYSTINA_V July 14, 2012 - 6:57 am Reply

    did you use boneless chicken? I can tell you from NUMEROUS failed crockpot dinners that chicken bones make some weird stuff happen. 

  • fernleysmith July 14, 2012 - 9:55 am Reply

    You NAILED IT! Your photo looks wonderful and much better than the Pinterest one. You might have a whole new career here! :)

  • M July 14, 2012 - 10:01 am Reply

    It wouldn’t do anything to rectify the general taste of “ass” that you describe, but for future reference, it’s always best to put the vegetables on the bottom because they take longer to cook than the meat and can then cook in the meat’s juices.
    That little bit of know-it-all-ness complete, I have to say I love your blog.  I’ve even pinned it, thus creating a wormhole in the internet I’m sure.

    • Tracy July 14, 2012 - 2:34 pm Reply

      You’re absolutely right … vegetables on the bottom (after many fails I actually read the directions in my crockpot cookbook.)  Because they take longer to cook?  That can’t be right.  Crockpot and chemistry … who knew?

  • wyo_vr4 July 14, 2012 - 12:37 pm Reply

    Dudette, I totally just made this last week for the first time as well! It is not the bombdiggity that all the comments on the pin say it is. It is edible but the chicken taste like the potatoes that taste like the carrots…very Italian-y. However, my family loved it and it was piss easy to make. Ding-ding we have a winner folks. It’s filed in my mind and labeled as “shit my family will eat”. 

    • rfoust July 14, 2012 - 1:20 pm Reply

       @wyo_vr4 lol that is a good description, the whole thing is just a little too strong on the italian dressing for me.

  • RebeccaAmos July 14, 2012 - 1:26 pm Reply

    I made this and mine looked about like yours. I wasn’t a big fan. Do you stir it at all during the 8 or so hours it cooks? Most of the recipes say don’t stir, but if you don’t do it every 2 1/2 hours or so (no more than 3) then the crap will burn to the side of the crockpot and make the whole dish takes like burned crap. That said, the other Crockpot Italian Chicken that has only like 4 or 5 ingredients is AWESOME!! 

  • Charting New Territory July 14, 2012 - 5:23 pm Reply

    That looks amazingly awful… :/ I had seen that recipe too, now I know NOT to try it.

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  • Yakityyak July 14, 2012 - 9:12 pm Reply

    Sorry to hear about the downsizing. Enjoyed the post as always! Looking forward to more.

  • Lindsay July 16, 2012 - 2:28 am Reply

    Sorry hear to about your job. :( Secretly thrilled b/c maybe you will post more and entertain me even more.  Here’s to hoping we can build your blog and get you lots of sponsors and you can live off your blog awesomeness.  Love – Your BFF Lindsay

  • monitabonita July 17, 2012 - 6:49 pm Reply

    I’m not sure what assy chicken is…but I find crockpot chicken to be like those rubbery feet a budding surgeon would use to practice her suturing on.  But with more smell.  Thanks for testing THAT one out for us!

  • rrjenkins July 19, 2012 - 8:47 pm Reply

    I can’t lie…yours looks better so congrats on a pin-win!

  • jhigh81 July 21, 2012 - 11:40 am Reply

    I just tried this yesterday! My husband’s exact words were “What is with the oily stuff?”. The taste was ok, the chicken was super dry, veggies were ok, but we couldnt get past the oily consistency. Maybe if I tried fat free italian dressing it wouldnt be so bad.

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  • lildpotter July 31, 2012 - 11:12 pm Reply

    OMG!!!!! yOU ARE FRICKEN hysterical!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And yes, the shaving cream/listerine mix failed for me. So did the grout cleaner. Have you tested that yet? Water,baking soda, ammonia, vinegar.

  • AmandaBakerPayne August 1, 2012 - 2:22 pm Reply

    Damn, and I was looking forward to trying this one! Oh well, at least it will save me listening to my overly picky husband complain!

  • lesliebckidz August 4, 2012 - 10:28 pm Reply

    Assy? LOL!

  • halosmommie August 10, 2012 - 11:40 am Reply

    I tried this one too!!! It smelled so good all day and we were excited to try it.  Well, like you said – it was just OK.  Nothing I would hurry to make again.. Ever. 

  • AmySpivey August 14, 2012 - 3:40 pm Reply

    Uh oh!!  Didn’t find this blog in time!!  This is cooking in my crock pot right now!!!  I used light dressing though to avoid the oil separation! Crossing my fingers! 

  • Alyssa August 16, 2012 - 8:50 pm Reply

    Your picture actually looks more appetizing than the pin! 

  • LindseyBurdgick August 17, 2012 - 7:56 pm Reply

    Sometimes I wonder if Pinterest is really run by people who own both hydrogen peroxide and baking soda factories, because according to Pinterest, that crap works for EVERYTHING.

  • ThisSillyGirlsLife August 27, 2012 - 12:11 pm Reply

    My Favorite line: “It wasn’t exactly terrible, but it wasn’t good. The dressing sort of separated into yuck and oil, and it was a little overwhelmingly… well, just kind of assy.” hehehe, I wrote about this post on my blog. Read it here if you’d like!   Thanks!

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  • AriSmith September 28, 2012 - 12:32 am Reply

    I love your blog! Anyway, I made this for my boyfriend, and he LOVES it. It’s his favorite thing that I make… which I find strange because I too think it isn’t very good

  • dklink October 14, 2012 - 9:00 pm Reply

    so a better crockpot chicken recipe if your willing to try it again:
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 package cream cheese
    1 package dry italian seasoning mix
    add chicken and let cook in crockpot all day
    goes great over rice or noodles (cooked seperatly)

  • AJen5 October 16, 2012 - 1:45 pm Reply

    Thanks, Pintester!  Glad I found your blog before I wasted all that chicken.  And even more, thanks for making me laugh, asshat

  • Ass December 2, 2012 - 2:58 pm Reply

    You sound like a bitch

  • Truffles8761 December 2, 2012 - 7:33 pm Reply

    Ah, another satisfied customer.  Congratulations, Pintester, on your brand new bouncing baby troll.  Mazel Tov!

  • thatarmygirl February 14, 2013 - 11:08 pm Reply

    i tried this once and i swear it tasted like vomit

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