Mississippi Chicken With Cream Cheese

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Hi folks, I want to show you how to make Mississippi chicken with cream cheese for your family or canapes. This is what you need and a budget of $5.96 because that’s all I spent when making this recipe.

When it comes to Southern specialties, certainly fried chicken and fried catfish come to mind. But some of the most enjoyable dishes are the ones that are less well known, though just as special to those who live here. This recipe is one I grew up with and remains a favorite of mine.

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Crockpot Creamy Mississippi Chicken

Crockpot Creamy Mississippi Chicken- tender pieces of shredded chicken coated in a rich, creamy sauce with a spicy kick.

Crock Pot Creamy Mississippi Chicken in black slow cooker.
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The combination of Ranch seasoning and pepperoncini peppers is to die for. It is positively heavenly! And as much as I love regular Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken, adding cream cheese makes this dish, even more, crave-worthy. It becomes almost like a dip and it would be perfectly acceptable to serve as a dip with tortilla chips or Frito scoops.

It also makes a great sandwich, but to be honest, I like to eat it plain right out of a bowl and I sometimes even add extra pepperoncini peppers because I can never seem to get enough of them.

This is the simplest of recipes and only takes about 5 minutes to prep. Just place 2 1/2 to 3 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a slow cooker with a packet of Ranch seasoning, a packet of Au Jus Gravy Mix, and 1/3 a cup of liquid from a jar or pepperoncini peppers, and about 10 pepperoncini peppers.

Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours. Cut the cream cheese into chunks and add them to the slow cooker. Place the lid back on for about 5 minutes. Shred the chicken and stir the cream cheese in. That’s it!

Warning- This dish is fairly salty. Ranch seasoning, Au Jus, cream cheese, and even pepperoncini peppers all contain a good amount of salt. If you dig salty foods, you will love them. If you don’t love salty foods, you probably won’t dig them.

One option is to look for reduced-sodium Ranch seasoning or make a homemade Ranch seasoning that is low on salt.

Crockpot Creamy Mississippi Chicken will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.

Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken

You only need 4 ingredients to make this delicious Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken Recipe. The chicken is so tender and packed with flavor while being so simple to prepare.

Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken Recipe:

Get dinner on the table with very little effort and have amazing chicken so tender and packed with a flavor your family will devour it. The ranch combined with the sliced peperoncinis and juice makes this chicken delicious.

If you loved our Mississippi Pot Roasts Recipe,  you must try this Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken Recipe. Truly the flavor is just wonderful and everything blends for such a fabulous dinner. Plus, it is SO easy. The Mississippi Roast is one of my family’s favorite recipes!

If you love using your instant pot as much as I do, you can make this recipe in your instant pot. It is just as perfect for those busy nights! It cuts your cooking time down!

Slow Cooker Mississippi Chicken:

We eat a lot of chicken and I’m always looking for ways to jazz up plain chicken. This recipe takes chicken to the next level! I love recipes that can be served in several different ways. It makes my family think they are eating different meals.

Slow cooking helps to take the chaos out of dinner time. This dinner is especially easy as all ingredients go straight into the crockpot! One of the many reasons I love making crockpot meals is how easy it is to make meals come together.

Mississippi Chicken Sandwiches

From Game Day to dinner time, Mississippi Chicken makes an amazing sandwich or even sliders. These are great to serve with Hawaiian rolls or hoagies! When I am serving them at a party, we do sliders. They are perfect with a side of veggies and chips!

Pile the chicken high with this tender and flavorful chicken for the best sandwich ever. I will add some extra pepperoncini on top of the chicken to add that extra flavor to my sandwich!

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Variation Ideas:

When making meals, I like it when I can use it in various ways. Here are some of my favorites for the Mississippi Chicken:

  • I love to add cream cheese and make it creamy chicken. The cream cheese gives it an entirely new consistency that is rich and delicious.
  • We have even served this with mashed potatoes! This makes it a very comforting meal on a Fall evening!
  • Try adding provolone when serving it with the bun. You can easily throw the sandwiches in the oven to melt the cheese! So yummy!
  • If you are following a keto diet, you can wrap the chicken in lettuce for a low-carb dinner!
  • I love making a batch of this on Sunday to have for the week for lunches! This chicken heats perfectly in a lunch container and is a lot better than getting fast food!
  • You can also make a casserole by adding some pasta, frozen veggies, and some cheese! This is a great way to use up some leftovers!

How to serve Mississippi Chicken:

I love serving this chicken either on mashed potatoes or on a bun, slider, or hoagie roll.

Since the Mississippi Chicken can be served in so many ways, my family loves when I make it for dinner! Since some of my kids are picky eaters, I like to make this chicken and then set out the different options they can choose from for dinner!

I set out hoagie rolls, mashed potatoes, and a veggie, and dinnerise complete. So many ways to serve this meal, your family will never get bored with it!

Close up image of Mississippi Chicken in the crock pot.
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You will need a good crockpot for Mississippi Chicken.

It is so handy to have one pan to clean. It has become of my favorite kitchen appliances.

I also really like this crockpot as well.  I use this all the time and it’s great. My favorite feature is that you can lock the lid down. This is awesome for when you need to take your crockpot on the go.

I often use the slow cooker to take dishes to potluck events and this feature is amazing! There are several others on sale here. Another favorite is this programmable crock pot for when I am not at home all day. I love coming home to a nice meal ready and waiting!

Ingredients:

  • Skinless thawed or frozen Chicken Breasts
  • Peperoncini Peppers with juice
  • A packet of Ranch Dressing Mix or Ranch Seasoning Mix
  • Butter

How to make Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken:

  1. Add the chicken breasts to the bottom of the slow cooker. (I used a 6-quart crock pot.)
  2. Sprinkle the ranch packet over the top of the chicken.
  3. Pour the jar of Peppercinis over the top.
  4. Then place the stick of butter on top.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or you can cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  6. After the cooking time, shred the chicken with 2 forks and mix the chicken into the sauce in the crock pot.
  7. Stir and serve.
Close up image of the ingredients for Mississippi chicken in a crock pot.
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Notes – We like to serve it on rolls and top with cheese. Provolone cheese is amazing with this.

This recipe is budget-friendly and easy to make

This meal is so versatile and you can use what you have on hand. I have used chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts and it was amazing. I often use what I already have in the freezer or is on sale at the grocery store.

Once I even combined chicken thighs and chicken breasts to make it a little more frugal and it was delicious.

Mississippi Chicken

Mississippi Chicken is made with tender chicken breast, ranch seasoning, and tangy pepperoncini peppers all slow-cooked to perfection in the crock pot! With only 5 ingredients, this dinner is quick, easy, and DELICIOUS! Serve it as sandwiches, over salads, potatoes, or straight from the crock pot, any way you dish it out, it is always a family favorite!

Mississippi Chicken – The EASY Way!

There is almost nothing easier than tossing a few ingredients in the crock pot and letting it work its magic, and that is exactly what this slow cooker Mississippi Chicken is! Set it and forget it! 5 ingredients go in the pot and a few hours later, the most tender, flavorful chicken is ready to eat.

Based on our wildly popular Mississippi Pot Roast, this chicken version is every bit as tasty and a great way to change up the flavors when this dish is a family favorite.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • 5 simple ingredients! Nothing fancy!
  • Quick– There is little to no prep involved.
  • Cooks’ hands off– No need to babysit, stir, or add things to this recipe. Just set it and forget it!
  • Lots of serving options- You can make everything from sandwiches to salads, to bowls, and more with this chicken as the base.
  • Kid-friendly– Adjust the tanginess and heat by the type of peppers you use, so you can have anything from mild to spicy depending on your family’s preference.
  • Leftovers pull double duty! You can use leftovers as the base of all sorts of other meals to save more time in the kitchen.

Serving Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken

Mississippi Chicken is the best combination of ranch and tangy peppers, You can keep the chicken breasts whole, or shred it up like our family likes to the chicken will be very tender and may just fall apart.

There are a variety of ways to serve Mississippi Chicken. You can just plate it up with a couple of sides, or incorporate it into something else. These are a few of the most popular at our house.

HOW TO SERVE

  • Sandwiches– Serve up a big scoop on a toasted bun. My kids especially like to add provolone cheese that gets a little melty with the heat of the meat.
  • Baked Potatoes– Split a baked potato, add some butter and top off with a big scoop of Mississippi Chicken.
  • Salad– I love it on a bed of spinach. You can add more toppings or just the greens!

Recipe Notes

Just like the roast, this Mississippi Chicken recipe is as simple as promised! Just 5 ingredients + a crock pot for a family-friendly meal.

In this section I am going to go through a few tips and tricks I use when making this recipe to get the absolute most delicious results.

Make sure to scroll to the bottom for the FULL recipe card.

INGREDIENTS + SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Chicken breast- I most frequently use chicken breast to make this recipe, however, you can also use chicken thighs to make Mississippi Chicken. If you need to cook for a longer time, I always recommend using chicken thighs over chicken breast because they will stay more tender and juicy while cooking longer.
  • Pepperoncini peppers– These are found near the olives or pickles. You can use peperoncini peppers or banana peppers in this recipe. Make sure to pay attention to the label because it should indicate whether it is mild, medium, or hot. I generally use mild since we eat this as a family, but if you like a little heat, you can get this pretty spicy depending on the peppers you choose.
  • Au jus gravy mix– This is the mix I use. It can generally be found near the spices in the grocery store. You can substitute turkey gravy or chicken gravy mix if needed.
  • Ranch mix– You can use a Hidden Valley ranch mix or, our homemade ranch mix. Both turn out great!
  • Garlic cloves- This adds that fresh garlicky taste to the dish. I prefer to use fresh garlic but will use garlic paste in a pinch.

RECIPE TIPS

  1. Use Sliced Pepperoncini Peppers– When you find these at the store, there will be whole and sliced varieties. Both will work in this recipe, but getting them pre-sliced saves you lots of time! You should see it indicated on the label. If you end up with whole peppers, just slice them up before adding them to the crock pot.
  2. Adjust pepper amount to taste. This Mississippi Chicken recipe has been created the way my family enjoys it, using about 1/2 jar of peppers. If your family likes more or fewer peppers, you can adjust them without impacting the integrity of the recipe.
  3. Not too much liquid– I frequently get questions about adding more broth or liquid to the slow cooker when cooking chicken. This recipe has a little liquid from the peppers, but as it cooks, natural juices will release from the chicken, mixing with the ranch and gravy mixes to form a light gravy. If you like more juices, you can add additional chicken broth to the chicken before cooking.
  4. Don’t Overcook! Crockpot recipes are awesome since they can cook hands off and since the moisture is kept in, things rarely actually burn. That said, you can still over-cook meat in the slow cooker and lean meat like chicken breast needs less time than you may realize.

    Generally up to 3 on high or 4 on low will be enough to cook to or beyond the suggested safe temperature of 165˚F. If you need to cook for longer (because you are working, or otherwise occupied) I would recommend using chicken thighs which will give a better result for an extended cooking time.

Recipe Short Cuts

If you need to make this recipe but are extra short on time, here are a few ideas that can help make this recipe even faster!

  • Buy sliced peppers– As mentioned above, this is the #1-time saver for this recipe.
  • Prep the night before– You can have the Mississippi Chicken completely ready to go in the inner pot of the crockpot and then just cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready to cook the next day, just pop it back in the crock pot and cook.
  • Prepare as a freezer meal– Can be prepared up to 6 months in advance. See full instructions below in the freezer meal section!

Recipe Variations

If you love this recipe as much as we do and want some quick ways to change it up for variety, these little tips will do the trick!

  • Creamy Mississippi Chicken– Make the recipe as directed. Once the chicken is done and shredded, stir in 8 oz softened cream cheese.
  • Baked Mississippi Chicken– Arrange chicken breasts in a baking dish. Cover on both sides with ranch and gravy seasonings. Top with peppers and juices. Add 2 tablespoons of butter in pats over the top of the chicken. Cover with foil and bake for 40-50 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (165˚F internal temp)
  • Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken with Tomatoes– Make the recipe as directed adding 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chiles to the crock pot. Cook as directed.

Freezer Meal Instructions

This recipe for Crockpot Mississippi Chicken can be prepared as a freezer meal to make on another busy night, or give to a friend in need.

  1. Add chicken to a freezer bag or freezer-friendly container.
  2. Cover the chicken breast with ranch mix, au jus mix, and pressed garlic.
  3. Add all of the peperoncini peppers on top and around the chicken, Pour 2 tablespoons of the juices from the jar over the top and discard the rest.
  4. Freeze.
  5. When ready to eat, you can thaw overnight in the refrigerator, or cook from frozen (which may take additional cooking time.)
  6. Once done shred, mix, and serve!

For the best flavor, this meal can be frozen for up to 6 months.

Mississippi Chicken Leftovers

If you have leftovers after making XXX, then it is your lucky day! They save and reheat well, and can make start another delicious dish.

To save leftovers, separate them into meal-sized portions and then place them in an airtight container and store:

  • in the refrigerator for 3-4 days
  • in the freezer for up to a month

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LEFTOVER RECIPES

Here are a few ways to repurpose those leftovers and give them a delicious makeover!

  • Mississippi Chicken Wraps– On a large flatbread, spread a layer of the ranch. Pile on leftover chicken and shredded Italian blend cheese if desired. Then add some mixed greens and any other desired toppings- shredded carrots, crumbled bacon, sliced tomato, etc. Roll up and enjoy!
  • Mississippi Chicken Bowls– On a bed of rice (or other grain) add shredded chicken and peppers. Add your choice of thinly sliced onion, shredded lettuce and your choice of veggies, diced bell pepper, mushroom, shredded carrots, etc. drizzle with ranch dressing. Enjoy!
  • Mississippi Chicken Baked Subs– Slice a sub roll and butter each side and season with garlic salt. Broil for a few minutes until the butter is melted and the edges are brown. Pile on the Mississippi Chicken Roast and then add provolone cheese on top. Broil again to melt the cheese. Serve like this, or add shredded lettuce and tomato to the top.

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