‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Click here to read ‘Twas the Night Before Harvest, an entertaining poem by a University of Auburn student.

It’s obviously not the Night Before Harvest in the Midwest, but we thought this poem was still fitting since tomorrow is the Night Before Christmas.  At the end of the poem, Farmer Fred heads home for his supper of chicken and corn-on-the-cob.  Fred doesn’t say what kind of chicken he’s having, so I thought I’d recommend one of my favorites, Bacon Ranch Slow-Cooked Chicken.

Bacon Ranch Slow-Cooked Chicken is a perfect harvest-time meal because it can be prepared ahead of time and left alone to cook all afternoon in a slow cooker. It also works perfectly during the holiday season when the house is filled with family or friends, and you don’t want to spend too much time alone in the kitchen prepping food.

The prep time for this dish is truly only 10 minutes. I often fix this as a meal when I know my kids are having play dates or on days when I’m leading a Scout meeting and will get home late. All I have to do is boil noodles and presto… it’s dinner time!

Bacon Ranch Slow-Cooked Chicken



  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 T. bacon bits
  • 1 teaspoon instant minced garlic
  • 1 (1 ounce) package hidden valley ranch dressing mix
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • egg noodles, Prepared



  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients.
  2. Pour over chicken in slow cooker.
  3. Cook 3-4 hours on high, or until chicken is done.
  4. Serve over hot noodles.

Click here for the recipe online.


Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 3 1/4 hrs
Photo from Food.com