Crock pot Chicken, Italian Style

Following is one of our family's favorite crock pot meals.

It's simple enough to serve as a casual weeknight dinner, and tasty enough to serve when company is present.  You may either cook this in a crock-pot or a large pot on the stove, depending on availability of equipment and time.

Crock Pot Chicken, Italian Style

This dish is abundant in lycopene, and onions are a major source of a Quercetin, a super-antioxidant. Similar to garlic, onions and shallots seem to be most helpful in cancers of the digestive tract (e.g. esophagus, stomach, and colon).

Bell Peppers offer the antioxidant beta carotene.

Thyme It is an excellent source of iron and manganese and Thymol has been found to protect and significantly increase the percentage of healthy fats found in cell membranes and other cell structures.

  • 1 large organic Red Onion, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 large organic Yellow or Red Bell Pepper, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 tsp. fresh organic Thyme leaves (1 tsp. dry)
  • 6- 2" long fresh Sage leaves (1 tsp. dry)
  • A handful of baby Bok Choy or Spinach leaves
  • 1 tsp. organic Oregano
  • 4 organic, free-range Chicken Thighs
  • 2 organic, free-range Chicken Breasts, cut in half (to make 4 pieces)
  • 1 shallot, diced (1 Tbs.)
  •  2 cups homemade or jarred organic Marinara Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper (opt)

Place half the onions, peppers and herbs in the bottom of the pot.

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Add 4 pieces of chicken, then the rest of the onions, peppers, and herbs and the last 4 chicken pieces.  Sprinkle shallot and seasoning on top.

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Pour sauce over chicken, nudging pieces with a spoon to allow the sauce to make its way to the bottom.

Crock Pot: Cover and place on High.  Time for 3 1/2 hours.

Stove Top: Add 1/2 c. of water to chicken, and place on medium high until sauce begins to bubble.  Turn to medium low, cover and cook for 1 hour. Check at 30 minutes, gently stirring to make sure chicken is covered with sauce.

Serve with baked sweet potatoes and a fresh mixed green salad for a delightful meal.

~ Sahtein! (double health) ♥

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Apples and Butternut Squash

I inherited my current Crock Pot from a dear friend who moved to Atlanta.  

It had been a number of years since I owned a Crock Pot, maybe. I remember I have one when I walk by the rack it sits on, so it has yet to rent a permanent space in the cooking corner of my mind!

Crock Pots are wonderful for plan ahead, everything in one pot meals. Some of them are quite tasty, although scoffed at

by gourmets, but I've learned to relax and enjoy a wide array of cooking styles and approaches.

I love recipes that combine fruit and vegetables.  So many of them seem to be made for each other, like Butternut and Apples.

Pumkins and Squash

Recipe

This recipe makes a lovely side dish to curries, grilled chicken or fish.

  • 1 Tbs. organic grass-fed, Butter
  • 1/2 ts ground Ceylon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground Nutmeg
  • 1 lb organic Butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 5 cups)
  • 2 large tart organic Apples, cored, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (4 cups)
  • 1/2 organic White Onions, chopped
  • 3 Tbs. real Maple syrup
  • 1 Tbs. Balsamic vinegar

Combine spices in a small bowl, and set aside.

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Put squash in Crock-pot. Add apples and onion.

Sprinkle with spices and add maple syrup.  Stir to combine well.

Cover and cook on LOW for 6 - 7 hours, or until vegetables are tender.  Stir in butter and adjust seasoning just before serving.

~ En Guete! ♥