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November 17, 2016

Smothered Chicken


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Smothered Chicken (tomato based)

Ingredients:

8 pieces of chicken (I like using legs and thighs)
2-3 Tbsp. oil
1 yellow onion sliced
2 green and/or red bell peppers sliced
8 oz. of sliced mushrooms
1 14oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 c. flour (seasoned to your liking)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 Tbsp. white or red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

Wash chicken pieces and let drain. Coat pieces with the flour. Shake off excess. Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat. Brown chicken pieces for 5 minutes on each side. Set aside to drain. Leave grease in skillet for sautéing the veggies. Spray 5-6 qt. crock pot with cooking spray. Lay chicken on bottom of crockpot. Saute onions, bell peppers, mushrooms in skillet for 5 minutes. Transfer to crock pot (pour over chicken). Add remaining ingredients to crockpot and cover. Cook on LOW heat 7-8 hours. Serve however you like. We had ours over cooked angel hair pasta but you can replace it with cooked rice.

*Note: I may share my recipe of smothered chicken without tomatoes at a later time.

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November 10, 2016

Italian Chicken

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Crockpot Italian Chicken

Ingredients:

4 lb. whole chicken (or a family pack of chicken pieces)
1 cup (1/2 bottle) of Italian salad dressing (I love Wishbone)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic black pepper
1 small onion
1-2 stalks celery
3 carrots
1 gallon size Ziploc bag

Directions:

Wash chicken and let drain in sink. Put chicken in a Ziploc bag and pour Italian dressing and seasonings over it. Let marinade overnight in the refrigerator. The next morning I usually slice up the onion, chop the celery, and slice the carrots. I put these in the bottom of my crock pot. I pour the chicken and marinade on top of the vegetables. I cover and cook on low 6-8 hours.

Note: I like to serve this with brown or wild rice and a salad. Another thing I do if not using rice is to wash, peel, and slice 4-6 medium potatoes to go with the other veggies I put at the bottom of the crock pot. It soaks up the yummy flavors. I serve it with green beans or a salad.

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November 3, 2016

Saucy Italian Chicken

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Crockpot Saucy Italian Chicken

Ingredients:
1 family pack of thighs (or chicken quarters)
1 small onion, diced
14.5oz. can diced or stewed Italian tomatoes
6oz. can tomato paste
2-4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. of Italian salad dressing (optional)

Directions:
Wash chicken and let drain for 5 min. in sink (can use a rack in the sink).  In 5 or 6 qt. crock pot put chicken in with onions. Sprinkle seasonings on top.  Open cans and pour over chicken and onions. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours.

Note: To make a thicker sauce you can season some flour, coat chicken pieces with it and brown it in a skillet in 2 Tbsp. oil. You don't want to cook this all the way through just brown it. Put in crockpot with other ingredients to finish cooking. This will help the sauce not be so thin. I like to serve this with brown rice or pasta and a salad. Another thing I serve it with is green beans or peas, and pasta salad.

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