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June 19th, 2015

Crock Pot Mediterranean Chicken

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I found this on Pinterest; the original recipe is over here. I made a couple small changes and will add another when I make it again.

3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
28 oz canned whole tomatoes, do not drain, chop very roughly (or use sliced)
28 oz canned artichoke hearts, cut in half (or buy them pre-cut)
2 large sweet onions, chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted, chopped roughly (about 28 olives)
1/4 cup rice vinegar (originally white wine vinegar)
1 Tbsp tomato chicken bouillon powder
1 Tbsp (heaping) curry powder
2 tsp dried basil
2 tsp dried thyme
2 Tbsp (or more) minced garlic [addition for next time]

Put the onion in the bottom of you crock and top with chicken and then the other ingredients. Cook on high for 6 hours.

When you stir it the chicken should fall to shreds with minimal prodding. Serve over whatever seems appealing (rice, couscous, pasta...).

Note that I tend to leave out salt and pepper when I cook things in the crock if it seems like they might already be in other ingredients (in this case the bouillon and the curry powder) so season to taste.

April 22nd, 2014

Tomato Chicken Lentils

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I felt like tossing things in the slow cooker today.

1 large onion. 1/2" diced
1 generous handful of baby carrots cut in thirds (about 1/2" dice)
1 cup lentils
2 Tbsp minced garlic
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can (15oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 can (15oz) fire roasted Tex Mex diced tomatoes, undrained
1 Tbsp tomato-chicken bouillon powder dissolved in 1 cup water

Layer the ingredients in the crock and cook on high for 6 hours. The chicken will fall into shreds with some poking and stirring. Since I don't add salt when cooking in the crock, be prepared to salt to your taste when it's finished.

I'd like to make this again with chicken thighs sometime.

I'm not one for spicy food so you could certainly use more of the Tex Mex tomatoes and less of the plain (or use a whole can of the Tex Mex and one good sized fresh tomato). The Tex Mex tomatoes are something we pick up at Wal-Mart, you could substitute about a cup of roasted tomato salsa (or more if you like things spicy).

November 21st, 2011

Crockpot Orange Chicken

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This is a slightly modified version of a recipe I discovered via Pinterest. I've doubled the amount and adjusted the seasoning.

Note that 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp equals 3/8 cup, if you are fortunate enough to have a 1/8 cup measure.

3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1.5-2" chunks
1 c flour (approximately, for dredging)
vegetable oil for frying

1 can (12 oz) orange juice concentrate
1/4 c + 2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 c + 2 Tbsp ketchup
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper

Dredge the chicken pieces in flour and brown them on all sides. You don't have to cook them through, just get a nice golden brown on them. Put the browned pieces in the crock. Unless you have a much larger pan than I do you'll have to do the chicken pieces in 2-3 batches.

Mix up the other ingredients in a bowl and pour it over the chicken in the crock. Give it a good stir and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

I cooked this batch 6 hours as the recipe stated but I think it would have been fine with just 4 hours. My crock has a notorious hot spot and with all the sugars in this recipe it got a bit dark in places even though I stirred it every couple hours and turned the ceramic liner end for end half way through. It still turned out tasty though. :9

February 10th, 2011

Korean Roast Chicken Thighs

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I made these for supper tonight and since both Bill and I liked them the recipe gets stored here so I can always find it.

The original recipe is here, and has a handy feature that lets you adjust the number of servings. I made a couple modifications so here's my version, the largest change is the amount of sesame oil:

10 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup minced yellow onion
1 Tbsp sesame oil
3 Tbsp honey
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground red pepper

Combine everything in a gallon sized ziplock bag and marinate at least a couple hours1.

Place thighs in roasting pan, skin side down, and pour remaining marinade over them. Bake uncovered at 375°F for 45 minutes. Turn pieces over and bake for another 15 minutes.

Since I was going to have the oven going for the chicken I also scrubbed some yellow potatoes, cut them into large chunks and tossed them with some seasoned salt, red pepper, and vegetable oil. I roasted them in a separate pan at the same time, giving them a stir when I turned the chicken.


1. I mixed mine up around 10:30 at night and put it on the bake the next day at 5pm.

February 28th, 2009

Baked pasta with as little work as possible

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All ingredients up for personal choice, tonight's choice in parenthesis.

Required:
1 pound dried pasta (radiatori)
1 26oz jar pasta sauce (Ragu Super Chunk Mushroom)
1 jar of water
1 15oz can diced tomatoes with juice1
2 cups shredded cheese (Italian 4 cheese - mozzarella, provolone, romano, asiago)

Optional (I never make it without meat of some sort)
1 pound ground beef
1/2 bag frozen onions and peppers
1 can sliced mushrooms, drained


1. Added to increase moisture and tomato flavor. - 3/20/09


Brown up the beef, onions, and peppers; drain excess fat.

In a 13x9x2" pan mix the dried pasta, sauce, and one full sauce jar of water. Sprinkle meat and veggies on top and cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350F for 35 minutes. Remove foil and stir, checking that the pasta is al dente (if not add a bit more water if it looks like it needs it and bake some more). Sprinkle with cheese and return to the oven, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and perhaps lightly browned.
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