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SLOW COOKER RUSTIC ITALIAN CHICKEN

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Come home to this delicious slow cooked dinner made with chicken and vegetables that's served with pasta.

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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 pepper1can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes, undrained3
  • 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta (about 12 oz)Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired Chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, if desired

Details

Servings 6

Preparation

Step 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.

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.

Serve chicken with pasta. Garnish with cheese and parsley.

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.

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