Sunday, September 14, 2008
On My Hearth: Slow Cooker Italian Chicken
Beren and I have a long list of "to-dos" today, left over from yesterday when we decided to blow off our list and play with our friends & family instead. *grin* In light of that, I'm going to toss this easy chicken dish into the crockpot so that when we finally complete our chores we'll have a tasty dinner to reward us for our hard work.
Now, I normally don't like boneless chicken in the crockpot, it gets a strange consistency in my opinion, but when it's cut up into pieces such as stews or casseroles it's fine. ?? Am I the only one who feels that way?
Slow Cooker Italian Style Chicken
4 chicken breasts, boneless, cut into bite size pieces
1 - 16 oz. can of tomatoes, chopped
1 large green sweet pepper, diced
1 small cooking onion, diced
1 medium rib of celery, diced
1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, optional
2 cloves of garlic, chopped; OR 2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
Combine all ingredients, except grated cheese, in slow cooker. Cook chicken and sauce on low 6 to 8 hours. Remove bay leaf and sprinkle with grated cheese before serving. Good over rice or pasta.