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Slow-Cooker Rustic Italian Chicken

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Slow-Cooker Rustic Italian Chicken
  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 6 hr 40 min
  • Servings 6
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Come home to this delicious slow cooked dinner made with chicken and vegetables that’s served with pasta.

Ingredients

12
boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 2 lb)
2
large carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1
medium red bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
1
cup sliced fresh mushrooms (3 oz)
3
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
1
can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes, undrained
3 1/2
cups uncooked penne pasta (about 12 oz)
Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired
Chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, if desired

Directions

  • 1 Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken in slow cooker. Top with remaining ingredients except pasta, cheese and parsley.
  • 2 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours. About 30 minutes before chicken is done, cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 3 Serve chicken with pasta. Garnish with cheese and parsley.
Tips  

If you enjoy spicy food, add 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes with the other seasonings.

Chicken thighs are a great choice for slow cooking, as the dark meat stays moist and flavorful. Boneless skinless thighs are now readily available at most grocery stores. If you prefer, you can substitute 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts.

Try whole grain penne or another whole grain pasta shape for added nutrition. Or instead of pasta, serve this chicken with garlic mashed potatoes.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
550
(
Calories from Fat
120
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
21%
(
Saturated Fat
4g
20%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
95mg
31%
Sodium
910mg
38%
Potassium
560mg
16%
Total Carbohydrate
63g
21%
(
Dietary Fiber
6g
25%
,
Sugars
9g
)
Protein
43g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
110%
110%
Vitamin C
40%
40%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
35%
35%
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 4 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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