Slow Cooker Creole Chicken – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 31, 2011

A simple variation of chicken and rice.

It’s simple to make. It calls for simple ingredients. And is simply delicious!

This is the last of the recipes that was on my “pantry challenge” list from December and January. And how fitting that I’m making it on the last day of January! I had the chicken thighs in the freezer and knew I wanted to use them in the slow cooker (because I don’t grill when it’s 20 degrees out!)  While using a gumbo soup vegetable mix would have been more appropriate, I used a vegetable soup mix of frozen vegetables…that has also been hanging out in the freezer!

Add some Creole seasoning (and say BAM! while you’re at it!)…sorry, I had to!

Let it cook the day away and enjoy a no fuss meal at the end of the day!

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Slow Cooker Creole Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lb. chicken thighs ($2.49) On sale for $.99/lb
  • Drizzles of olive oil ($.05)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Creole seasoning ($.20)
  • 1 bag vegetable soup frozen vegetables or gumbo soup mix ($.88)
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes ($.15)
  • 1 cup brown rice ($.40)

Directions

  • Add the chicken thighs to the slow cooker.  Drizzle a little olive oil over the top.  Season with the Creole seasoning.
  • Add the vegetables over top of the chicken. (Adding them while still frozen is fine!)  Sprinkle a little more seasoning over top.  Add a few dashes of salt and pepper as well.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours.
  • About 1 hour before dinner time, start cooking the brown rice.  Cook according to package instructions. (If using instant brown rice, you’ll only need a few minutes!)
  • Serve Slow Cooker Creole Chicken and veggies over brown rice.

Cost $4.17

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Jenna January 31, 2011 at 6:59 pm

No offense but I would never eat this! Maybe this is why my dinner cost more than $5.00.

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jen February 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Well, don’t eat it then! But there’s no need to be rude!

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Janet January 31, 2011 at 7:53 pm

if you simply swap out any objectionable ingredients with fresh items, your cost would not change that much. I never use packaged foods, only fresh so I know you can still bring this in under $5

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Kara January 31, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Erin,

Maybe this is a crazy question–were these boneless thighs? If not, what happened to the bones?

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 31, 2011 at 10:10 pm

No, these were bone-in thighs. We just pull the meat off the bones.

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Kristia@Family Balance Sheet January 31, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Thanks for the link-up.

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Ashley@Savings in Season January 31, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Thanks for the linky. I am interested to try your recipe; could really go a lot of different ways with seasonings.

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy January 31, 2011 at 10:34 pm

This looks great! I have a bunch of seasonings that would go good with this! Just got your book and I LOVE it! I’ll be doing a review on it soon, Thanks!

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Karen February 1, 2011 at 9:18 am

This doesn’t sound bad. Anything different so I don’t hear chicken thighs again!!!!

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Brandis @ Stir Crazy February 1, 2011 at 10:05 am

This sounds like a great, easy recipe- I wouldn’t exactly call this a “packaged food” meal. Yes, the vegetables are frozen, but frozen veggies are often higher in nutrients than fresh. And even WAP and Sally Fallon approve of canned tomatoes. Really I don’t see what is in this recipe that is objectionable, and I would make this in a heartbeat. Awesome!

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Grace February 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I think this recipe looks great. And there is nothing listed that I wouldn’t consider to be healthy… I am really confused by the comment on this recipe containing “packaged” items. This website has been a lifesaver for me as I am trying to bring our grocery budget way down. Thanks for all of your hard work!

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D'Nae February 7, 2011 at 10:52 am

i have a question, well a few actually. :) first off i am a HUGE fan. are the chicken thighs frozen when you placed them in the crockpot or did you thaw them out? and did you add any water to the crockpot and are the tomatoes drained?

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Cheri February 26, 2011 at 8:34 pm

D’Nae,
I am going to try this recipe sometime this week. I am not using frozen thighs, and I am not adding water. I am going to pour the entire undrained can of tomatoes in. You usually don’t need very much liquid when cooking in a slow cooker. Good luck–I hope it works out for you!

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Josephine March 4, 2011 at 11:08 pm

delicious! we ate it and loved it… added to cups of homemade chicken stock and did not drain the tomatoes.

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Anne March 8, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Do you cook the rice in the slow cooker or in a separate pan?

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