Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Crockpot Chicken and Dressing

Well, I apologize to the few who were looking forward to seeing the famous dressing I keep harping on and on about. I hesitated about posting about the dressing because I couldn't produce any extremely tempting photos of this dish (even though they look tempting to me!), and I know most people eat with their eyes when "meeting" a new dish for the first time.

Despite the low-quality photos, please trust me that this dressing is fantastic. If the photos fail in convincing you of its awesomeness, I have compiled a list of reasons I think you should try this dressing at least once:
  • When I made this dressing for Thanksgiving last year, one of my aunts found a way to hoard almost all of the leftovers for herself.
  • This Thanksgiving, I doubled the recipe, and she still found a way to hoard a lot of the dressing to the dismay of everyone else (they still found a way to get some).
  • Even though my aunt and my mother were full, they still managed to put more dressing on their plates. In fact, my aunt was saying, "Whew, I'm full!" as she spooned up more dressing :).
  • I gave this recipe to my stepmother, and she has made this dish a bunch of times already and has admitted that it tastes better than my paternal grandmother's recipe for dressing.
  • Even though I made a double amount of the dressing, I still felt compelled to make this dressing again as soon I got home.
  • I'm still happily chomping on this yummy concoction to this day. In fact, I can't wait to get home every day just to heat up another bowl.
Now if those reasons don't convince you, then I don't know what else will. The consistency of this dressing is not like that of the northern version where there are more solid chunks of ingredients. It is creamier with a bready texture like that of a non-sweet version of bread pudding, I guess. I topped the dish with gravy made of a roux and chicken broth since I didn't have anymore turkey drippings. Make this dish at least once; you won't regret it.
Crockpot Chicken and Dressing
adapted by Southern Plate
  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked
  • 2 pans of cornbread or two quarts (I always use Buttermilk or "Dixie" cornbread)
  • 2 hamburger or hot dog buns (I have used leftover, homemade yeast rolls or white bread)
  • 2 Tbsp sage (add more to taste. I usually end up adding about a Tablespoon more)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-3 eggs, hard boiled and chopped
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup (separated)
  • 1 stick margarine or butter, melted
  • 2 cans chicken broth (3-4 cups)
CHICKEN: While preparing the other ingredients in the dressing, season with salt/pepper, and poach (or simmer in a little water in a saucepan) the chicken breasts for about 10 minutes.

DRESSING: Mix together cornbread, other bread, sage, onion, hard-boiled eggs, one can cream of chicken soup, melted margarine or butter, and two cans of broth in a big bowl.

PREPARATION: Make a layer of half the remaining can of cream of chicken soup in the bottom of a large crock pot. Top with 1/3 of the dressing. Top dressing with half of the chicken, shredding it as you put it in. Top with 1/3 dressing, remaining chicken, and remaining dressing. Spread other half of cream of chicken soup over top.

Cover and cook on low for three to four hours. Serve hot.


  1. Trust me, I can testify that this dressing that Memory made is indeed the bomb! You have to understand--I enjoyed every special thing she cooked for Thanksgiving, but the dressing, that I loved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You know that old saying, "It is so good it'll make you slap your mama down?" Well, I'm the mama and I almost slapped myself. Yummy, this dressing is sooooooooooooooo good! Try it at your own risk--you will be coming back for more, but the best part is that you do not have to wait until Thanksgiving to eat some more :o)

    Thank you, Mem; you're my favorite as long as you keep the dressing coming :o)

  2. this looks delicious and you surely convinced me to try it :)


  3. Here is what I have to say about your Crockpot Chicken and Dressing YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY!! It looks so moist and delicious and I can't wait to try it. . . .


  4. I think your pictures look great. This a nice and comforting meal.

  5. Mom - Thanks for the testimony haha. I will keep the dressing coming.

    Natalie - Thanks! I'm glad I was able to convince you. Keep me posted on how it turned out.

    Gin - I agree; it is YUMMY! It is very moist. I can't wait for you to try it.

    Pam - Thanks, Pam!

  6. Ooh, I'm adding this to my menu for next week. It looks and sounds delicious!

  7. Karly - Please tell me how it turns out for you. I just made another batch of dressing today, and it was fantastic. Merry Christmas and happy new year!

  8. This was so yummy! I'm not sure if this was supposed to be a side dish or not, but I served it as a main dish with some green beans on the side. It was delicious and my whole family ate it! :) Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Karly - I'm so glad it turned out well for you! It can be a main dish if you put the chicken in it, and it can be a side dish if you remove the chicken. I think how you prepared it was perfect. Thanks for telling me how it turned out! I really appreciate that.

  10. This looks amazing and I love cornbread dressing so this is just what I'm looking for. I live in China and the ovens her are very small, not even big enough for a whole turkey, in most cases. I am having our driver (we are not allowed to drive here)and his wive over for dinner in a week and I'm so nervous about trying to make enough dishes with just 2 burners and a little oven. I have a crock pot but was at a loss on how to use it to help me. Now I know just the thing to make in it! Though we have wal-mart they do not make or have all the yummy things from home. My 5 year old is missing the sugar cookies. I'm going to try the recipe you have posted for those too.
    Thanks so much, so happy I found your blog!

  11. I made this last night and it was delicious! I could have had it for another 2 days, but felt too guilty so my husband took all the leftovers to school with him. It's sure to feed at least a handful of his fellow teachers. Thank you for the great meal!

  12. My husband will not eat hard boiled eggs, I am hoping that I can just omit them?


  13. This is really similar to my Mom's recipe, except that it's done in the crockpot. I can't wait to try it!

  14. How much is two pans of cornbread? Maybe a 9x13 pan? I would love to try this recipe!! It is just what I have been looking for :)

  15. Jenni, two cake pans worth is what i use. Just double the recipe for the cornbread, and you'll be fine. Enjoy!

  16. I tried this yesterday and it's delicious! My husband woke up asking what smelled so good as I baked your delicious cornbread recipe. The recipe is a bit much for just me and the hubby so we invited friends to dinner and got raves. This was delicious and moist! I think next time I'm going to add some chopped celery, too. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  17. I saw this on pinterest and made it for our office Thanksgiving potluck -- it was a HUGE hit! I even got a 'high five' from our very hard-to-please vice president. He said he was a "stuffing afficionado" and he LOVED it!

  18. This is awesome dressing made in the crockpot! What could be better!! We love stuffing and I use my slow cooker a lot so this was perfect for my family - nice and yummy!

  19. Made this last night...AMAZING. It actually would be fantastic even without the chicken. Thank you so much for sharing. I will pass this on and on again

  20. I tried to make this last night and it turned into cornbread mush - guessing too much liquid?

  21. I made this last Thanksgiving and it was the first thing gone on our table. I've been asked to make it again this year...and it's so easy!!

  22. This dressing was sooooo yummy! Everybody raved how good it was. Thanks for sharing

  23. I can't wait to try your recipe. The pictures look delicious but your reasons definitely convinced me! Tammy ~ http://www.yoursandmineareours.blogspot.com

  24. I think your pictures look great. This a nice and comforting meal.

  25. I made this last night and it was delicious! I could have had it for another 2 days, but felt too guilty so my husband took all the leftovers to school with him. It's sure to feed at least a handful of his fellow teachers. Thank you for the great meal!

  26. I just found this recipe by chance, and wanted to let you know that it was the picture that made me seek it out! Don't apologize - this looks fantastic! Can't wait to try it! :)

  27. I'm eager to try this recipe, but I'm wondering why it calls for poaching chicken that is already cooked? Am I misunderstanding something?

  28. After making this dressing for Thanksgiving dinner at my son's home (for about 25), my only regret is that I didn't make a separate dish (and leave it a home!) for myself. There were scant few leftovers, and they disappeared as members of the crowd finally left for home. I roasted 2 turkeys and baked 3 sweet potato pies, so it was a blessing not to have to make space in the oven for dressing. It was moist and flavorful, just like I like it! If still trying to eat your way through a lot of leftover turkey, try that in the recipe in place of the chicken which is called for. It's all good!

  29. After preparing this dish for this past Thanksgiving dinner at my son's home (for about 25 hungry folks), my only regret is that I didn't make a separate dish (and leave it at home!) for me... I roasted 2 turkeys and baked 3 sweet potato pies, so it was a blessing not to have to make room in the oven for dressing. It was moist and delicious (just the way I like it) and I can't wait to make it again. Still suffering through a bunch of leftover turkey, use that instead of the chicken which the recipe calls for. It's all good!

    If you're a dressing connoisseur, make this one - you won't regret it!

    1. Thanks for the great review over this dressing, John! I agree wholeheartedly with your accolades. This dressing is amazing! I cannot wait to make it and eat it for Christmas this year.

      Take care!

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