Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving For 1 - 2 or 4 -Cooking Small

  Not everyone is going to have a huge crowd for Thanksgiving, so a big turkey may not be in the cards, but something just as good can be.  Wait until you smell this all through the house.  Your family is going to come home and think you've been slaving over the stove for hours.

                                        Crock Pot Chicken & Dressing

This is so easy and only requires a few things from your pantry.  I use two boxes of Stove Top Stuffing Mix.  Just open them up and dump them into your crock pot.  Then chop up 1/2 to 3/4 of an onion (depending on size) and two stalks of celery.

 Just dump the onion and celery on top of the stuffing mix.

 Add enough water to create soft and fluffy stuffing, then top with some dollops of butter.

 I always buy my chicken breasts (boneless) from the meat counter because they are so much bigger than in the packages.  Just look how huge these two are.  Dollop a few pats of butter on the chicken breasts too.

 Plug in your crock pot, turn on high for 4 to 6 hours or you can cook on low all day if you are at work.  Time will vary depending on your unit.

Crock Pot Chicken & Dressing
2 pkgs. Stove Top Stuffing Mix
1/2 to 3/4 diced onion
2 stalks diced celery
8 pats of butter
water - enough to moisten the stuffing mix to a fluffy consistency.
Place all the ingredients in crock pot, stir to mix thoroughly & dot with 4 pats of butter.
Put 2 large boneless chicken breasts on top, dot with the last of the butter.
Turn on Crock Pot to high 4 to 6 hours or low 6 to 8 hours.  Time will vary with your unit.

This makes enough for 4 hearty meals or 6 smaller meals.  All you need is a green vegetable or salad and you have the making of a meal to remember.

I added yams and cranberry sauce since that's my hubby's favorite.  The chicken is so juicy and delicious.  You will love this.

Since it's Thanksgiving you can warm up some Jar Heinz Turkey Gravy (it's actually pretty good), make a small fruit salad and you have all the trimmings.  For dessert a pumpkin pie and some whipped cream and you have a fabulous Thanksgiving Feast.

I love this recipe and it's one I make all year long, any time I want Thanksgiving it is easy as pie.

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  1. Hi Marty. You have the best recipes. I love using my crock pot at this time of the year. This looks so yummy.
    Happy Wednesday.

  2. This may be what I do. It will just be me. And I don't want to waste a lot of food. I do like a few leftovers though. Thanks as always!

  3. Such a thoughtful post. Our family is small and I know that in the years ahead it could easily be even smaller. I pinned this for those years that the kids are at the in-laws. :D Looks wonderful for a mid winter meal as well. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  4. This looks fantastic! I ordered a smoked turkey, but this crockpot version would be so good any time of the year. Do you have a rough estimate of how much water you used? Can't wait to try it and thanks for sharing!

  5. That looks so good!

    Those little pats of butter too...why have I never thought of that?

  6. My husband isn't a big fan of the stuffing mix, but if I made some homemade dressing and added the chicken and other ingredients, I bet he would eat it. My daughter makes the most wonderful dressing, so I'll tell her about this too. We usually cook a turkey breast instead of a large turkey. Too much gets wasted. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. We considered cooking something different this year for just the two of us, but instead I just purchased the smallest turkey I could find. It's a ten pounder and will be more than enough for the two of us. I, like Brenda, like to have leftovers that we can freeze for later or use in a soup. It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving to us without a few leftovers. xox

  8. Yum! Easy, delicious! And will serve us several meals. Thank you! Brenda