In my experience, the best recipes are often the ones that take the least amount of time and effort to make. I find that the more time I spend making a complicated recipe, the higher my expectations are for how it’s going to taste. By the time I finish cooking, my expectations are so high that I rarely end up feeling like the meal was worth all that the time and effort.
On the other hand, when making a recipe where all I have to do is literally “dump” a few ingredients in my crockpot (or Instant Pot), my expectations remain reasonable. And I’m usually much more likely to enjoy eating that meal, and I’ll likely make it again! And that is certainly the case with the recipe that I’m sharing with you today. This creamy chicken dish could not be any easier to put together, and your crockpot does all the hard work for you. (I’ve also included pressure cooker directions for those who want to use their Instant Pot!) If you’re on the lookout for easy and delicious recipes, make sure to add this one to your collection. :-)
Cream Cheese Chicken
- 2.5 – 3 lbs frozen chicken breast tenderloins
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 15 oz can sweet corn, drained
- 10 oz can Ro-Tel (or diced tomatoes)
Directions For Slow Cooking:
Add all the ingredients to your crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours. You can also use the “Slow Cook” setting on your Instant Pot!
After 6 hours, turn your crockpot off. Remove the chicken from your crockpot, shred it, and return it to the crockpot. Give it a stir to incorporate, then let the whole thing rest for about 30-45 minutes to thicken up. Serve as desired (see below for ideas!) It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Directions For Pressure Cooking:
If you want to speed things up, you can use the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” setting on your Instant Pot. Add all the ingredients EXCEPT the cream cheese to the pot, then pressure cook for 8 minutes.
When the time is up, use Quick Release to depressurize the pot. Then remove the lid, and pull the chicken out onto a plate or cutting board and shred with two forks. Or you can use a stand mixer for especially fast shredding.
Return the chicken to the pot and add the cream cheese. Stir the cream cheese into the chicken mixture until the cream cheese has melted. Let sit for 10-15 minutes or so to thicken, then serve.
How To Serve Cream Cheese Chicken
There’s no wrong way to serve up this creamy, delicious chicken. It tastes great over white rice, or you can use it in burritos, salads, and tacos!