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Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken

Do you rely on your slow cooker to get dinner done? If you do, welcome to the crowd. For lots of busy cooks it’s the only way you can get a hot meal on the table, and this slow cooker Mediterranean chicken is just one more simple dinner you can throw together and let cook all day.




This slow cooker Mediterranean chicken is low fat and super easy! You need to try this delicious chicken. You can keep out the pasta if you are trying to reduce your carb intake.




Total Time

8 hours

Servings

8

Nutrition

355 cals

Pretty much just dump-and-go, you can keep most of the ingredients like marinated artichokes, olives and canned tomatoes in your pantry, making it a perfect solution for those days when you can’t think of a thing to cook. A perfect blend of tender chicken and tangy sauce, ladle it into bowls and you’ll be full before you know it.

If you have picky eaters on hand, don’t worry—these ingredients mellow into a beautiful sweet tomato sauce, but you can certainly substitute any ingredient your know your family may like more. Not a fan of Kalamata olives? Green ones will work just fine. If you want a different cut of chicken, the always flavorful and affordable boneless, skinless chicken thigh would be spot on too—and you can also swap in your favorite herbs. Keep in mind that fresh ones should really be added at the end of your cooking time because most of their flavor is destroyed during the long cooking process. Dried herbs hold up much better when it comes to slow cooking.

healthy slow cooker chicken

This Mediterranean chicken was a hit for us because everyone just picks out their favorite parts and leaves anything they may not want. My daughter ate all the chicken on her plate plus the leftovers and my husband wanted extra artichokes. It’s great when everyone can get their favorite part from one pan and I’m not left cooking different meals. Score one for mom.

Serve your Mediterranean chicken over pasta as suggested here, or you may also use rice, couscous or go low-carb and eat it straight up in a bowl. I won’t tell anyone. This is great reheated for lunch the next day and yes, you could even freeze the leftovers for days when there isn’t time to use your slow cooker (does that ever happen anywhere?) I can’t imagine.

slow cooker chicken

So take this dish and make it your own—that’s the joy of recipes with flexible ingredients. Using what’s in your pantry is a great way to make something new or adjust a family classic and slow cooker Mediterranean chicken is a great place to start. So here’s to you, your slow cooker and a dinner that makes everyone happy.

Ingredients

  • 2 large bone in or boneless chicken breasts, skins removed
  • ½ cup Kalmata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic
  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 16-ounce box angel hair pasta

Directions

  1. To your slow cooker, add everything except the pasta. Cover and cook on medium 6 to 8 hours until the chicken is tender. Remove chicken and shred. Return to slow cooker to keep warm.
  2. Bring a separate pot of water to a boil and cook the angel hair pasta according to the package directions, drain and top with the chicken and sauce. Serve warm.
  3. *You could also add the angel hair to the slow cooker for the last 20 minutes of cooking time if you wish. You can also eliminate the pasta if you are trying to cut down on your carb intake.




Nutrition

Calories

355 cals

Fat

7.8 g

Protein

23.5 g

Carbohydrates

47.8 g

Sugar

2.5 g

Fiber

4 g

Calcium 212 mg
Magnesium 111.3 mg
Potassium 612.6 mg
Vitamin K 415.7 µg

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