A flavorful seasoning blend makes these Slow Cooker Chicken Meatballs with Cream Sauce a quick and delicious weeknight meal idea!
With summer winding down, kids heading back to school and cooler days just around the corner I think it’s time we chat again about delicious dinners that are simple to make and totally family approved! You already know how much I love to talk about using your slow cooker to make meals at home. It’s such a time saver and so much better than grabbing take-out. And coming up with recipes that are both easy and delicious is one of my favorite things to do, because I love showing people that using your slow cooker can help you reduce stress and improve your time spent around the dinner table. If you’re on the lookout for a new recipe that is easy to make and totally satisfying, then these Slow Cooker Chicken Meatballs with Cream Sauce are for you. I also want to tell you about another one of my favorite time savers that will help you get dinner on the table, spice blends. Finding just the right blend to have on hand that you can use for various recipes will keep you from having to head out for last minute grocery runs for ingredients and will simplify the cooking process. Many of you have most likely seen or even used OLD BAY seasoning. Maybe to create a delicious shrimp boil or to create a creamy chowder? But did you know that OLD BAY also enhances the flavors of so many other favorite recipes? That’s why today we are going to “Season Boldly” and use some of this delicious seasoning along with my favorite meatball recipe! I’ve tested and retested so many meatball recipes, and I can assure you this is one that will truly stand the test. Now, if having perfectly formed round meatballs is what you need, this may be tricky, but these will have the most flavor and be some of the juiciest and most tender meatballs you will ever make. When slow cooking meatballs you have a couple of choices. Either brown them first or just toss them right in the slow cooker. When you brown them they tend to hold up a little better, but other than that it’s not really a required step. The part that matters most is the taste, and by using this blend of 18 herbs and spices perfectly blended for unique flavor, you will not be disappointed. In fact, we are going to double up and use a little more of the seasoning to make the amazing cream sauce to go with these meatballs. Quick and easy and totally worth a couple minutes of your time. Serve it all up with some creamy mashed potatoes or your favorite noodles and you have a crave worthy dinner that was insanely simple to make.
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup half and half or milk
- 2 pounds ground chicken (you could also use a combo of ground chicken and ground turkey)
- 1 egg
- 2 1/4 teaspoons OLD BAY Seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
Mix together panko bread crumbs and milk and let set for 5 minutes until fully absorbed
Add meat to large bowl and add soaked bread crumbs, egg, 2 teaspoons of the OLD BAY seasoning and salt
Mix by hand until combined but be careful not to overmix
Optional: heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet and brown meatballs on each side for about 2 minutes
Transfer meatballs to slow cooker, add broth, cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 until cooked through
Heat butter in saucepan over medium high heat
Whisk flour into melted butter until smooth
Slowly add strained broth from slow cooker and continue to whisk
Add cream and remaining 1/4 teaspoon OLD BAY seasoning and bring to a simmer while continuing to whisk until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes
Serve meatballs with sauce and mashed potatoes or noodles as desired
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Can’t wait to hear about your favorite creations!