Monday, March 4, 2013

Screamy Chicken + A Book Review

My sister introduced me to this recipe and it quickly became a favorite at our house. We always enjoy the meal and polish off the left overs (that is saying something!). My brother-in-law named it "Screamy Chicken" after not being able to remember the long recipe name that said something about "creamy chicken". I never knew it's real name, and we just fondly refer to it as "screamy chicken".
First, I saute the fresh mushrooms in a little olive oil, then set them aside. Next, sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and cook in the skillet (3-5 minutes each side). Set the chicken aside, reserving drippings in skillet. Mix together cream of mushroom soup, cream cheese, white wine, and Italian seasoning packet over medium heat in the skillet. Place cooked chicken in the crock pot, top with mushrooms, and cover with the sauce. Cook on low for 4 hours.

Screamy Chicken
2 lbs. chicken
2 tsp. seasoned salt
2 Tbsp. canola oil
1 can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 (7oz.) envelope Italian dressing mix
1 package fresh mushrooms

Y'all this book. The review I read about it said I would need to read it with a box of kleenex, I just didn't realize I would need the whole box. It is about a couple who fell in love even though everyone thought their relationship was destined to fail. Each entered marriage with their own major challenges, but they were determined to make their marriage work. Saturday night we were cozied up by the fire, me reading while fletcher worked on our taxes. I did.not.move. for 4 hours. I stayed up until 11:30 to finish this book (typically my eyes don't stay open after 10 pm). I think I cried for 50 pages straight. Fletcher looked over and was so confused. I guess he usually isn't around when I read books that make me cry, because he came over and assured me "This is NOT REAL LIFE." "You have a very happy life" etc...He's not much of a reader and did not understand my sobs tears. This book is heavy and this book is intense. But it sucked me in. I couldn't put it down and now I can't quit thinking about it. I am glad I read it, but Fletcher says I can't recommend a book that made me cry so hard. At least you were warned. This was KA Hancock's debut novel and I am very interested to see what she comes up with next. 


  1. Oh my gosh, this is my kind of book. I get so sucked in to intense, emotional, slightly disturbing novels. Ok, maybe you didn't say it was slightly disturbing, but I sensed that. Must read immediately.

  2. You come by it naturally. I cried every time I read Charlotte's Web. And Frank often gives me that "you know this isn't real" look when we watch an intense TV show. :)