Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Crockpot Mediterranean Chicken Ragu with Orecchiette

I saw this recipe over at Reeni's blog, at Cinnamon Girl Recipes     When I find a gorgeous looking Crockpot recipe such as this, I can't wait to try it.  As an added bonus, my husband, A.J., told me with almost every spoonful, "Honey, this is REALLY good.".

When I first started blogging, Reeni along with 6 other bloggers were the first to comment and encourage me to continue.   

If you haven't visited Reeni before, what are you waiting for?  She has the best, original, good home cooking recipes around.  Plus her photography is gorgeous!  This isn't the first recipe of Reeni's I've tried and as always, was another winner.

I did have to make one substitution, the fennel stalks.  I forgot to get fennel at the grocery and after just getting back from the store to get the chicken (which I forgot to get the day before), I didn't feel like getting out again.  I used 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds, slightly crushed.

1-1/2 cups chicken broth
1 can (14 ounce) petite diced tomatoes
8 artichoke hearts, cut in half
1 roasted red pepper, diced
3 fennel stalks, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 tablespoons capers
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1- 1/2 pounds chicken breasts or cutlets, boneless, skinless
8-12 ounces Orecchiette pasta
Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

In you slow cooker, combine broth, tomatoes, artichokes, red pepper, fennel (seeds), onion, capers and garlic. Stir in Italian seasoning, parsley, salt and pepper. Then, nestle in the chicken breasts. Cook on high 4 hours or low 6-8. Remove chicken and shred with two forks, stir back in.

Cook pasta to al dente, drain and stir into sauce, turn crockpot down to warm and allow to set for 10 minutes so the pasta can soak in some of the sauce.

Serve garnished with grated Parmesan cheese.

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Aarthi said...



Pam said...

Bookmarked!! I use my slow cooker every Sunday.

The Japanese Redneck said...

There's no better compliment than that!

Big Dude said...

Looks really good Katherine but I got full just reading the name of it :-).

Lynda said...

This sounds wonderful, and a bit different from the usual crockpot recipes. I'm going to give this a try, but I may have to use a different pasta shape. Thanks!

The Blonde Duck said...

Sounds delish!

Claudia said...

I must take out crockpot. I did see this on Reeni's blog and noted it and your photo was just the nudge I needed.

Debbie said...

I love crockpot recipes and will enjoy this one too! Thanks for sharing. Deb@healthycomfort.blogspot.com

Lynn said...

I am using my crock pot like never before but find myself using a lot of pork and beef. This looks like a great chicken option. Thanks!

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy Thursday!

Jay said...

wow..lovely presentation with great flavors..
Tasty Appetite

Jay said...

love your space..nice presentation with inviting cliks..
Am your happy follower now..;)
do stop by mine sometime..
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Penny said...

I'm all for crockpot cookery. What a treat to smell a meal cooking itself. This sounds extra special.

Chris said...

I have made a couple of her recipes and all were very very good. Especially the putanesca, that was amazing!

Reeni said...

I'm so happy you tried it Katherine! Thanks for the rave review and the sweet words!