Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chicken Stroganoff—in a Slow Cooker

RileyAdamsFoodBlogPostpic_thumb_thumb Is it burning up outside where you are? We’ve had a heat wave here for the last couple of weeks—it’s been one of those things where I haven’t been able to bear turning the weather on because the weathermen tell me it’ll be just as hot for the next seven days. Whew! And the humidity is just unbelievable.

Unfortunately, we’re also about to have to get an entire new air conditioning system in our house. Ugh. The units are twelve years old and seem to be on their last legs. So it’s just a little bit warm downstairs.

What’s a Southerner to do? Pull that Crockpot out from the cabinet! Yes, usually I associate slow cookers with cold weather because soups and stews are so easy to make in them. But really, the whole point is that it cooks slowly—and without projecting more heat into my kitchen!

In the interest of keeping everyone’s kitchen just a little cooler, I’m offering up:

Crockpot Chicken Stroganoff


You’ll need:

Chicken breasts (you could use thighs, if you wanted)
1 can cream of celery soup
4-6 oz. sliced mushrooms or 1 can sliced
1/4 cup cooking sherry
1 package dry onion soup mix
paprika to taste
8 oz sour cream (stirred in 10 minutes before serving)

Sprinkle chicken with paprika. Lay chicken at the bottom of the Crockpot. Combine other ingredients and pour on top of the chicken. Cook for 6-8 hours on low. Serve over rice (and I’d recommend making the rice in the microwave.)

Easy and cool for a summer day!

004Or… use your Easy Bake Oven. :) My daughter wanted to do some cooking, so Easy Bake was the way to go. Nothing like cooking under a light bulb. Boy, that cake took a while…

Delicious and Suspicious (July 6 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig

And now I want to encourage you to enter the June contest here at Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen! My friend, the talented Avery Aames, has an exciting contest for us. We’re celebrating the upcoming release of The Long Quiche Goodbye and here’s how you can enter:

Avery's "You Be The Sleuth" Contest!

Avery’s first book in A Cheese Shop Mystery series, The Long Quiche Goodbye, debuts July 6. To celebrate its release, Avery is running a contest from June 9 to July 6! You be the sleuth! Track down the recipe on Avery's website that includes eggs, Edam, and white pepper. Enter your answer by clicking on this link: CONTEST ENTRY FORM.

One of you will win a $25 gift certificate at your favorite bookstore. Two of you will win signed copies of The Long Quiche Goodbye. Three of you will win a Long Quiche Goodbye magnet. You can ask friends for help. Spread the word and share the fun. And while you're there, consider pre-ordering a book on Avery's booksellers page.

Here is the link to Avery’s website to help get you started.

Good luck!


  1. Oh this sounds perfect for the 95 to 99 degree weather we've been having. I have all the ingredients on hand so I know what we're having tonight. Thanks for a great recipe.

    Thoughts in Progress

  2. Despite the fact that we've been pounded with rain just about every day (plus yesterday's tornado warnings) it's been pretty hot here too. Hot enough to keep me indoors most of the day. Good thing because I've got a book to write! I've been using my slow cooker to keep from having to turn on the oven. This is a great new recipe for me. Thanks!


  3. HEAT! Oh, yes, we're hot and sticky here in NYC, too. And a crockpot meal is a very clever idea for keeping things cool. Love your recipe -- especially the sherry and the cream of celery soup. (Celery is such a great flavor.) Grinning over the cooking-with-the-light-bulb Easy Bake Oven - man, that brings back memories! (Also reminds me of the Seinfeld episode when Jerry and Elaine "drugged" a friend with a turkey and wine dinner just so they could play with his vintage toys. Yes, Elaine wanted to play with his Easy Bake Oven. Nice to know it's still around. :)

    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  4. I love my crock-pot! I use it year round, too! This looks great and will be tried next week. Thanks!

  5. I love my crock-pot too. I think it might be my best friend. Nothing like knowing supper is ready when you walk through the door at 5:00. And I cannot wait to try this recipe - it sounds scrumptious!!!!

  6. This sounds wonderful-and easy! I'm going to print it out to try next week.
    Caryn in St.Louis

  7. Love my slow cooker... I use it to make Texas Turkey... turkey thighs cooked in BBQ sauce!

  8. That looks really delicious. I love doing as many meals in my slow cooker as I can.


  9. An easy bake oven! How cute!!!!


  10. Mason--Hasn't it been miserable? Hope you'll enjoy this recipe. :)

    Julie--The rain really just makes it humid, doesn't it? Yuck. Glad you're giving your slow cooker a workout, too!

    Cleo--I'm thinking that the asphalt might make the heat even worse in NYC than here!

    Oh I remember that episode! That was HILARIOUS seeing them playing with that guy's toys!

    Jeanne--Good luck with it! Hope you'll enjoy the recipe. :)

    Kaye--It makes me feel SMUG to know that supper is already cooked in the middle of the afternoon! There's really no other word for it. :)

    Caryn--Hope you'll enjoy it!

    Donna Lea--That sounds delicious! I'm all about the BBQ right now. :)

    Clarissa--Especially in summer, I think. It's just so hot!

    Avery--It was pretty cute. But boy, my daughter was SO impatient for that cake to cook over the light bulb!

  11. I love the Easy Bake Oven. How cute is that?

    I hope your air conditioning is back up soon. The heat hasn't been too bad, but sheesh, the humidity is enough to make me want to crawl into a cave. You're so right about ovens heating up the kitchen.

    I've stashed my slow cooker away for the summer, but I may have to drag it back out now!

    ~ Krista

  12. Krista--Thanks! You know, you hate to spend the big $ on something like *air conditioning* (and not something much more fun), but in the end (and when it's this hot), boy it's worth it! But in the meantime my slow cooker and I will be the best of friends. :)

  13. Is there a way you ladies could add a "print this" option to each post? Sometimes I want to print out a recipe, but I don't want pages and pages of the blog! And I'm too lazy to write out this good recipe for chicken stroganoff. But it sounds delicious.

  14. @Judy, one thing you can try is to copy and paste it to a word doc or to Ipage, if you have Mac. That's what I just did. It only took up a quarter of the page, so I have plenty of room to add another one to the page, which saves me paper! Just something to try.