Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Today’s recipe is an easy dish that brings lots of warmth, flavor, and comfort but with only 15 minutes prep. Italian chicken cacciatore usually uses a mix of chicken parts and is slowly simmered on the stove.  I like a healthy chicken cacciatore slow cooker approach. Making chicken cacciatore in the crock pot achieves the same tenderness and depth of flavor as the slow-simmer method, with less hassle.

Chicken cacciatore resembles a stew that is packed with vegetables, tomato sauce, and lots of yummy seasoning. I like to use skinless bone-in chicken thighs for the flavor and nutrition. You could also use boneless but decrease cook time. If you prefer chicken breasts, it will require more cook time. Use a meat thermometer to determine when the meat is 165 degrees F for a perfect time.  The best part is that despite it’s ease, it is special enough for the main course when entertaining friends. You can serve it over whole grain pasta, brown rice, polenta, cauliflower rice, or even roasted spaghetti squash.  A healthy meal that’s tasty and easy to make. You can’t beat that.

 

 

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Asian Glazed Chicken

Today’s recipe is a marinated chicken with an Asian blend of spices and sweetness to meld into a sweet heat.  You can use almost any piece of chicken for it although I am recommending boneless breasts and thighs.  Chicken thighs make an economical meal for a family on a budget. Serve the Asian chicken with rice and the marinade sauce. Garnish with herbs or chopped green onions.

 

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Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata is one of my favorite dishes. I was first introduced to it years ago at a restaurant and fell in love.  Tender chicken breasts are pounded thin, are dredged in flour and seared until golden. The chicken is then simmered in a butter white wine sauce with fresh lemon and capers. Always remember to zest before squeezing a lemon.  Serve this dish over rice or pasta. You’ll impress your family and friends with this easy but seemingly fancy dish. Add a salad and rolls or crusty bread for a great meal.

 

 

 

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Easy Tips For The Perfect Roast Chicken

There is an ease and elegance to a well-roasted chicken.  Place the roasted bird on a platter with salad greens or roasted vegetables. Few people can pass up the flavorful bird.  Whether you are a novice or a roasting champion, let’s look at the steps to a perfect roast chicken that is succulent and flavorsome. There is no consensus on the best way to prep a chicken for roasting; it’s all a matter of opinon.  I like to experiment with different versions for new flavors.  

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Slow Cooker Stewed Chicken

January is a cold month even here in Florida.  Cold weather always makes me crave comfort food filled with vegetables, broth, and protein.  I just love a single pot meal.  Today I’m using a crockpot to make stewed chicken.  If you are wondering what the difference is between chicken soup and chicken stew, the main difference is the amount of liquid versus the ingredients.  In soup your ingredients are usually floating in the broth while the hearty stew is filled with chunks of vegetables and meat with some broth.  Often when I plan on making chicken soup, it is in reality a stew.

 

 

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