- 4 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 1 1/2 cups Fresh Broccoli chopped
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- 2 cups Heavy Cream
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated
- 1/4 cup American wheat beer
- Lightly grease your slow cooker
- Place the chicken evenly into the slow cooker
- Add the broccoli over top of the chicken
- On the stove, heat the cream until it has reduced, about 10 minutes
- Add in the parmesan cheese and butter, stir thoroughly
- Add in the minced garlic, salt, and pepper, stir again
- Pour the alfredo sauce over top of the chicken
- Place the lid on your slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 hours
Who doesn’t love alfredo sauce? I know I do and I know my family does. This is a staple recipe in my home and I think that once you try it, it will be a go to in your home as well. I love easy chicken slow cooker recipes because I can throw them together in a snap and then leave them while I go about my day.
For this recipe, I wanted to use an American wheat beer. It's crisp, dry, and will add some delicious flavor to the creamy and cheesy sauce. Dry, light beers work best for this recipe, without too much hop flavor. A blonde or golden ale would be good substitutes.
The white sauce in this recipe is creamy, rich, and indulgent. When mixed with the chicken and broccoli, it truly marries the dish together and makes for quite the week night dinner. Since this dish is super simple, you will be able to make it whenever the mood strikes without having to slave away in the kitchen all day long.
When it comes to using your slow cooker, you do want to pay attention as you allow the alfredo sauce to cook because some slow cookers cook differently than others and it does have the potential to burn on the bottom. If you are worried about this, you can adjust the time to six hours or eight hours. Otherwise, if you are home and available, simply stir this dish every hour or so.
There are some tips and tricks I do want to share with you because I think they will help you out. I prefer to trim up my chicken before I use it and you can too. You could also cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces to help make the dish easier to serve once done.
This is not a complete meal on its own and will need a side of pasta. You can cook the pasta separately once the chicken is done in the slow cooker or you can add the pasta to the slow cooker. To do this, you will add in the pasta into the slow cooker about 45 minutes before your dinner is done.
Next, this recipe could be enhanced in flavor and taste to accommodate your palate. For example, if you like breaded chicken with your pasta meals, you could add a nice Italian breading to the chicken and then brown it in some oil before you place it in the slow cooker. If you do choose to bread the chicken, you will need to brown it as this will lock in the flavor and ensure that the chicken’s coating means crunchy and does not simply fall off and become mush.
The alfredo sauce in this recipe is not spicy at all, but you can kick it up a notch and add some cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the alfredo sauce as you reduce it.
Lastly, if you wanted to change up the flavor a bit, you could switch out boneless pork chops for the chicken in this recipe or you could exchange the broccoli for some mushrooms.
Once the dish is completed, you can add a side salad and some garlic bread to make this a wholesome family meal. I am confident that you will love this meal and there are many possibilities with it.
The slow cooker I used in this recipe was the Brentwood 4 Quart Stainless Steel Slow Cooker [LINK]. It was a very good slow cooker for such a low price! I felt it cooked at a bit high of a temperature for what I needed in this recipe, but it was still a good one.
My preferred slow cooker in this price range (under $30) and size (4 quart) however was the Crock-Pot manual 4-quart [LINK]. I prefer the oval shaped stoneware just because that's the look I'm used to, and I feel it cooks meals more evenly than the taller, round models. But if you're looking to save on counter space, then the Brentwood is still a very good choice. Here are my top 3 picks of the many available out there, and the FIVE that I fully tested and reviewed.
- Crock-Pot Oval Manual
- Brand: Crock-Pot
Capacity: 4 Quart
- Rank: #1
- Proctor Silex
- Brand: Proctor Silex
Capacity: 4 Quart
- Rank: #2
- Hamilton Beach Stay Or Go
- Brand: Hamilton Beach
Capacity: 4 Quart
- Rank: #3
Actually though, I prefer cookers in the $60 range. These kitchen tools tend to last forever, so spending an extra twenty dollars initially can make a huge difference over time in performance, but not impact your budget at all. To get a smaller size cooker for the middle price range, see our post about 4 quart cookers under $60, or if you think you may need a larger sizes, 6 quart cookers under $60 reviewed is what you should look at.