02 December 2009

Candlelight Christmas Eve Dinner [tradition + recipe]

It's tradition in my family to have a fancy, candle-lit Christmas Eve dinner. And it's tradition to eat Cream Cheese Chicken with rice, cherry 7-up, rolls, salad, and red and green jello. We eat with china and goblets while listening to beautiful Christmas music. It is our way setting the tone for the rest of the evening. Although it's a bit of work to clean up, the dinner is simple to prepare since you can cook the Cream Cheese chicken in the crockpot during the day while you are finishing any last minute wrapping or shopping.)

Christmas Eve Cream Cheese Chicken
Ingredients 2 1/2 -3 lbs chicken breasts
1 package dry Italian dressing mix
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 oz cream cheese, softened
cooked rice or egg noodles

Put the chicken breasts in the crockpot and sprinkle the dressing mix over the top. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6. Just before the chicken has finished cooking, mix the cream cheese and soup together. Do not drain the chicken liquid. Add the soup mixture to the chicken and heat thoroughly. Serve over rice. Makes enough for about 6.

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