Stupid Chicken


Stupid Chicken

Stupid Chicken

As far as simple chicken recipes are concerned, this recipe for Stupid Chicken is king of them all. With just five basic ingredients, a slow cooker and six to eight hours to kill, you can create one of the tastiest dinners your family has ever eaten. Don't be fooled by the name of this dish... it may be stupidly easy to prepare, but the end result is brilliantly delicious. If you've been looking for a foolproof slow cooker chicken recipe to add to your collection of easy weeknight dinner ideas, this is it!


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Cooking Time8 hr

Cooking MethodSlow Cooker


  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 (28-ounce) can Italian-seasoned diced tomatoes
  • 1 envelope Herb and Garlic Recipe soup mix (Lipton's or similar)
  • hot cooked rice or pasta
  • Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Mix chicken, tomatoes and soup mix together, and pour into slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. Serve over rice or bow tie pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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Well, this recipe is family tested and approved ... WITH ONE BIG exception. DO NOT USE CHICKEN BREASTS. They are dry and tasteless. USE CHICKEN THIGHS, they will stay moist and never come out dry in a crockpot. Also, add a little more Italian spice or Herb and Garlic Soup Mix. I did as the recipe suggested and added mushrooms and zucchini. My Dad (who's 87) said except for the chicken breast it was really delicious. My Mom said ... "He likes it he had two big servings" ..... My Mom took the leftovers (rice and "stupid chicken") home and said she was going to chop up the chicken into tiny pieces, add some chicken broth, and make a soup. She told me, "This will be a great soup come this winter ... I can freeze the soup and have two more meals for your dad and I."

I could agree more on the chicken breast comment They are far to lean a cut of meat to be at their best when done in a slow cooker Thirty years ago while in college my roommate I made something rather like this using cut up legs thighs legs thighs oz cans Italian stewed tomatoes heaping teaspoon of Italian seasoning Brown the chicken in a large skillet Pour over the tomatoes seasoning Simmer covered for about minutes a good supper ensues If we had company coming this was our go to recipe We would spruce it up by adding sliced onion bell pepper fresh mushrooms along with the tomatoes Depending on the brand of tomatoes used we would sometimes add teaspoon sugar to mellow the acidity We usually served this with linguine spaghetti or ziti My roommate Mary dubbed this Lazy Sort of Cacciatore - the flavors were reminiscent of ChickenRead More Cacciatore More than thrity years on this is still one of my favorite things to do with chicken And I have taken to using boneless thighs for my recipe They are terrific in it

Yucky! Agree with Meari.

I will use Mrs Dash garlic and herb probably 2 tablespoons, also use the onion and herb to replace dried onion soup b/c of sodium, 2000 mg all my hubby can have.

Sorry, but this was not good. It tasted like tomatoes with chicken.

i need to know the nutritional value for the recipes, where can i find that?

Nutritional information isn't posted on this site, so you'll have to do some detective work. Read the labels on the packages of the ingredients you plan to use... and then do some math.

Tried this recipe tonight. My kids loved it!!!!!

Wondering about the additives in soup mixes so have not purchased them for a long time. Has anyone tried a substitute that would be "healthy"? Or perhaps one could sprinkle herbs & garlic but there would still be something missing. Also, I find the titles of recipes sometimes deter me from checking them out(!) -- as this one did for awhile.. But it sounds easy & good now that I've looked, but would still refrain from the soup mixes.

I never use soup mixes. Too much salt, etc. Just season to your taste. I use alot of fresh and powdered herbs. The only thing missing is the pounds of fat on the waist line! Make it your own.

Have you heard of Epicure Selection spices, additive free herbs and spices, they actually have a Herb & Garlic Dip you can add to soups, dips or add to anything

Whenever I make this I get rave reviews. I use the Knorr Garlic and Herb sauce mix. Was never able to find the Lipton

I also am diabetic. I know the portion of protein, etc I am supposed to have so I check the labels on add-ins and if the sodium is too high, I take very little of the sauce with the meat. The sauce has already flavored the chicken, etc. I could not find the herb and Garlic soup mix so I used Knorr Vegetable recipe mix and added garlic powder to it. Very good. I also added thawed mixed veggies to it. (about 1 cup)

I am on a medically-supervised, extremely restrictive ultra-low-carb diet, and rely on the free Recipe Calculator at Sparkpeople: Simply enter all the ingredients and the number of servings, and it gives you back all the Nutrition Facts per serving that are now legally required on packaged food labeling, plus all the vitamin and mineral content as well. I copy out that chart and append it to the recipe (I keep mine in MS Word) so that I never have to recalculate it again. Good luck, and happy cooking!

I use the recipe calculator on Spark People too, and I love it!

very good. used chicken thighs. sauce good with egg noodles.


Have you heard of Epicure Selection spices, additive free herbs and spices, they actually have a Herb & Garlic Dip you can add to soups, dips or add to anything they also have a recipe section with nutritional values... also they carry salt free products and most of their spices are low sodium...

Disgusting. I like everything and this was disgusting. The rest of my family liked it though. I think it was the seasoning of the soup mix.

Thanks for everybody's feedback on this recipe. We appreciate all the comments. Since a lot of our recipes are reader submitted sometimes there can be a little confusion. Thanks again!

To Member 1613854 1envelope in the recipe. It comes in a box with I believe 2 envelopes. Buy the box! and it's Lipton brand.

I found the Lipton Savory Herb with Garlic soup mix in a near by small town grocery store. The large chains are obsessed with quick rice & macaroni products. Good luck!

Lipton makes one called "Savory Herb and Garlic" I am sure that's what the author meant as this sound very similar to a recipe on the box

can't find "1 envelope hert and garlic recipe soup mix" who makes this or where to find the soup mix


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