It was a nice Sunday so Mr. Special and I wanted to enjoy the outdoors. Not wanting to be in the kitchen, I decided to use the slow cooker and cook chicken that we had defrosted. What to do with the chicken breast was the next question I asked myself.
So, I “traveled” to the Foodnetwork.com website to view chicken breast recipes and found a very interesting recipe. Bacon and Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts. (Recipe courtesy Claire Robinson.) I had some blue cheese on hand, but I also had some mild Italian chicken sausage as well. So, I created my own recipe AND developed it for the slow cooker (Slow Cooked Italian Sausage and Bleu Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts). We thought after eating the meal, that this was definitely worth 5-stars!!
My slow cooker has a temperature probe (a God-send). If you’re ever looking for a good slow cooker, I definitely love my Hamilton Beach (Model 33969) Set and Forget 6-Quart Slow Cooker
I have had it for about 3 months and I look forward to cooking with it. The probe helps regulate the temperature of meats during cooking. A very nice innovation, seeing as I’m always wondering if a meat is thoroughly cooked. It’s a “no brainer.”
The helpful product guide it comes with is something I refer to almost all of the time. The recipe I created as well as photos are below. Enjoy!
Slow Cooked Italian Sausage and Bleu Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 4 – 5 hours
Total time: 4 hours and 10 minutes
2 links mild Italian flavored chicken sausage, casings removed
1/3 cup blue cheese, crumbled
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 or 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 stick butter, at room temperature
1 Tablespoon lemon pepper (no-salt) seasoning (this recipe used Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper Seasoning)
Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
In a small mixing bowl and using (clean) hands, combine sausage, cheese and garlic.
Place chicken breasts on a cutting board. Slice into right side of each creating a pocket. Fill each breast with stuffing mixture. Place all filled chicken breasts in bottom of slow cooker.
Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours. (If using a probe with slow cooker, stick into a chicken breast and set at 180°F on low or high.)
Cook until chicken is thoroughly cooked through and juices run clear; internal temperature is 180°F.
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