I don’t know about you, but my mother-in-law is one amazing cook. Honestly, I don’t think she has ever cooked me a meal that I haven’t absolutely loved. It probably doesn’t help that I really love food, like over the moon, head over heels, deeply infatuated with food. I’m even one of those people who makes noises while she eats because I love it so much.
My love for food started near the end of college when I started eating less take out and more homemade meals. This was also around the time I was introduced to a thing called flavor. I know that sounds crazy to learn about flavor when you just turned 20 but if you knew how I ate growing up you’d understand. Let me give you a little snapshot.
I have to start off by saying that my mom has come leaps and bounds with her cooking since all her children became adults. Mostly because she stopped having picky eaters in her house, didn’t have as many mouths to feed, and because of her oriental friend taught her a thing or two in the kitchen.
In all honesty, she has made some meals for me over the last 3 or 4 years that are to this day some of my favorites. I may love her cooking now, but it wasn’t always that way. Sorry mom, but I’m sure you can probably agree with this.
Growing up she would boil her hamburger meat. Yes, you read that right. She boiled it. It may have been effective in removing all the fat, but unfortunately it also removed all its flavor. Since we weren’t’ the most well-off family in town meat wasn’t a staple in our day to day meals. So, if we weren’t eating boiled hamburger or top ramen, we were most likely eating left over cafeteria food, and we all know how wonderful amazing that stuff is. Most of it I’m not even sure should be classified as “food.”
It may have not been the best quality food around, but no matter what, she had food on the table and available to us at every meal. We never had to feel what it was like to go hungry, and for that I’m grateful.
So, since I didn’t have a lot of exposure to good food as a child and teen I think it had a bigger impact for me as a young adult. When I first started dating my husband my mother-in-law introduced me to Lemon Chicken, and it was love at first bite. The creamy, cheesy, lemony goodness poured over a bed of warm white rice is like your first bite of food after a 7 day fast. Ok maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but you get my point. This stuff is AMAZING!
Not only is it a wonderful comfort food, but it’s kid friendly. I can honestly say I don’t think I have ever met anyone who hasn’t loved this meal, kid and adult alike. This meal is loved by everyone so much that when my husband was a kid and had friends over to spend the night, they would pre-order this before coming over. So, trust me when I say this stuff is DELICIOUS!
Crockpot Lemon Chicken
- 2 Large Chicken Breasts
- 1 Large Can Cream of Chicken Soup (Family Sized)
- 2/3 Cup Real Mayo
- 1/2 Cup Milk or Chicken Broth
- 1 1/2 Cups Freshly Grated Medium or Sharp Cheddar Cheese (NOT Pre-Shredded)
- 1 Large Lemon Juiced
- 1 Head Broccoli Chopped
- 2 Cups White Rice
- 1/2 tsp Salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp pepper (or to taste)
- Put the 2 chicken breasts, cream of chicken soup, mayo, milk or chicken broth, grated cheese, salt, and pepper in the crockpot. Give it a good mix and let it cook on low for 6-7 hours while staring occasionally.
- After 6-7 hours pull the chicken breasts out of the crock pot and shred them using two forks. Once that's done return the chicken to the crockpot.
- Now wash and chop your head of broccoli into chunks. Add this into the crockpot along with the juice from 1/2 a lemon. Stir and taste the mixture. If its good then let it cook till the broccoli is soft.* If you want you can add in more lemon juice. I usually always add in all the juice from 1 lemon.
- While the lemon chicken is finishing up cooking cook your 2 cups of rice according to package directions.
- Once the broccoli is soft and the rice is fully cooked you can serve the lemon chicken over rice.
- *Short on time? If so, then you can boil your broccoli until lightly softened, (about 4-5 minutes). Once it's to your desired texture, strain out the broccoli and then add it to the crockpot with the lemon juice and you can serve immediately.
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