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.
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.
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.