Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

We (hopefully) just had our last snow of the season. This has been one crazy winter! I figured I should make just one more “comfort food” perfect for a cold winter day. This recipe for Chicken Cacciatore from Cooking Light uses a slow cooker to make tender chicken thighs in a slightly spicy chunky tomato broth. (Cacciatore, or “hunter”, in Italian usually refers to a dish made with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and wine.) You only have to cook the chicken in the slow cooker for 4 hours, so this recipe isn’t exactly good for a weeknight if you work during the day. It would make a great Saturday meal; prepare everything in the early afternoon to have dinner ready that night. Ingredients: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 large red bell pepper, chopped 6 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup dry red wine 1/2 cup tomato puree 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 tablespoons capers 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon black pepper 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted petite diced tomatoes, drained 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Slow Cooker Chicken & Chickpea Tagine

Tagine or Tajine dishes are Moroccan slow cooked dishes named after the pot they are cooked in. The dishes are typically a stew with a protein, spices, and fruit. Cooking Light had a version with chicken and chickpeas that sounds delicious. It combines both sweet and spicy elements to make a really flavor-filled dish. This recipe takes a bit more prep time that my usual slow cooker recipes so be prepared for that. This recipe is great for a Saturday: prepare everything in the morning, run whatever errands you have for the day, and come back to an amazing smelling kitchen and dinner mostly ready! I shredded my chicken and served it over couscous but you can keep the chicken whole and eat it as is.   Ingredients: 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 8 (5-ounce) boneless chicken thighs, skinned 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 1/2 cups chopped onion 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh garlic 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon paprika 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper 1 cup unsalted chicken stock 1 1/2 teaspoons honey 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick … Continue reading

Baked Black Beans with Chorizo

You can never have too many party appetizers in your cooking arsenal. I wanted to try something a little different than the apps I’ve been posting recently. This dish is a layered dip with black beans, chorizo, tomatoes, and cheese and would be perfect for watching the game or any other party! Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup diced Spanish chorizo 1 1/2 cups chopped onion 1 jalapeño pepper, sliced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 5 garlic cloves, minced 3/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup chopped seeded tomato 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

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