Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mom's Recipe Box Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore



I have been neglecting all my "foodie" readers. I greatly apologize. However, it is no laughing matter, that seriously it is hard to cook with a toddler. So since we have been inside a lot lately due to bad weather and colds. I have devoted some time to fixing up my Recipe section. If you check at the bottom you will see a section entitled "Mom's Recipe Box" there are a bunch of recipes from my mom in there, that I have already reviewed and just separated for you. From now on I will alert you when a recipe is from the "Mom's Recipe Box". The box is a bunch of different types of recipes from generations and also ones my mom picked from magazines and cookbooks and fixed up to fit her personal fancy. They are usually a hit with most people. My mom was a working mom so you will find lots of quick and easy recipes in it. As you will notice in the Recipe tab there is even a crock pot recipe section.

To kick off the Mom's Recipe Box Celebration and to continue our week of recipe and food fun, here is my favorite recipe. My favorite recipe of my Mom's Recipe Box is the Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore. It is extremely easy and cheap to make. It feeds a lot of people on a budget is hearty and healthy. Try it for yourself!

Cooking Tip: Typically, I serve this on brown rice, you can also serve on pasta. Also, it is easier to get boneless, skinless breasts, however, if you are on a tight budget chicken thighs are cheap and you can easily take the skin off before cooking and the bones out before serving.

Mom's Recipe Box Recipe
Crock Pot Chick Cacciatore
serves 6

Ingredients
3 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed basil
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup of red wine - the alcohol does cook out of the red wine, but if you do not want to use red wine you can use just water.

Directions
Brown the chicken in the olive oil in a skillet on medium heat until cooked through.



Layer onion, pepper and garlic slices in crock pot.



Put browned chicken pieces on top of onion slices and add remaining ingredients.




 Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.



 Discard bay leaf. Serve over rice or pasta. 





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