Sunday, April 15, 2012

Balsamic Chicken (slow cooker)


I like to call this dish "My Little Recipe That Could." It has been shared and featured on several other blogs and websites for the past year now. And is the inspiration behind Dishing With Leslie. It started out as a dish that I typically would prepare using my stove top. But in the warmth of the Summer, and me wanting to cook without heating up my entire kitchen, I decided to toss it into my slow cooker. The outcome was something pretty fantastic! Slow cooked chicken, in a balsamic tomato sauce. BEAUTIFUL! Yes, it really is pretty! It also happens to be incredibly delicious! As well as lite, and healthy.

Be sure to have a look at my notes at the end of this post for a few serving ideas. If you have any leftovers, I have some really good dishes that are offshoots of this one. Look under RECIPES at the top of my blog. You will see Balsamic Chicken Files. There are a few recipe ideas for leftovers there. So good!



Ingredients:
4 - 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Tbs olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar *sometimes I use more
2 14.5 oz cans petite diced tomatoes, *do not drain
1 sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced (not chopped)
2-4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp each: dried oregano, basil, and rosemary
1/2 tsp thyme
freshly cracked black pepper and salt, to taste
1 tsp sugar
Directions:
Pour olive in the bottom of slow cooker. Season each chicken breast with salt and pepper and place in to slow cooker. Sprinkle with dried herbs and minced garlic. Top with sliced onions. Pour in vinegar and top with tomatoes. Sprinkle with 1 tsp sugar. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 5 to 6.  Serve over angel hair pasta. Sit back and enjoy! This is hands down one of my best and my most favorite dishes!

LESLIE'S NOTES:  Also really delicious when served over garlic mashed potatoes, roasted cauliflower, or a bed of sauteed zucchini. Fresh tomatoes also work well. I like to use about 6 to 8 Roma tomatoes. Just chop them up and add to the pot.
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48 comments:

  1. This is such a great recipe! We have made it a staple in our home :)

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  2. Oh...I love comments like this! This is my "little dish that could!" lol! I posted it the other day because a friend of mine needed it. I haven't yet added any type of blog comments yet. I will, though. :)

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  3. I love slow cooker recipes AND balsamic vinegar! Can't wait to try this! Thanks, Leslie!

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  4. My guess is that the balsamic vinegar acts like wine does in a dish... tenderizing and heightening the flavor? Looks interesting. Please share this on my foodie friday party today.

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    1. Hi Diane!

      Thanks for the invite! I did link up just now and added your button to my blog. Have a great weekend!

      Oh..P.S. Yes the balsamic vinegar heightens the flavor for sure! Wouldn't be the same without it!

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  5. wow can't wait to try this it looks lovely

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  6. Kathy BlankenshipAugust 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Hi Leslie,

    I made this yesterday for dinner and I loved it! It was so easy; I love slow cooker recipes. I used Roma tomatoes and added a little more balsamic as you mentioned. Sooooo..good!

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  7. Leslie, do you use the regular balsamic or the white balsamic vinegar in this recipe? I always keep both on hand but was not sure which one to use. Will be making this sometime this week....looks delicious!
    Thanks!
    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol! I use either one. I have had others tell me that they like the white better simply for the look of the dish only (not taste). The dish here in the photo was made with the dark balsamic. I think it looks perfect!

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  8. I'm in a mission of finding a good recipes for slow cooker and this one looks like one :)

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  9. I just found this recipe on Pinterest, and seriously walked straight to my kitchen to get it going for tonight. This sounds delish! I'm following you on Facebook now and I can't wait to see what else you've got! https://www.facebook.com/#!/fiveminutesformommy

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  10. This looks goooood! I think I'll be putting it on my menu this week! :)

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  11. think this will work with pork chops?

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    1. I have used this sauce on pork tenderloin, so I would think it would work for chops as well.

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  12. I made this recipe, but with boneless pork chops, last night...so, so good!

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    1. Thank you! So happy you enjoyed it!

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  13. Can I use anything other than the tomatoes? I have all the ingredients except for this but I really want to make it!! Could I use a tiny bit of pasta sauce or will that ruin it? Plus, I have a picky eater in my house that doesn't like chunks of tomatoes anyway.

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    1. Hi, Janelle!

      I would substitute some red and yellow bell pepper in lieu of tomatoes. It's also really good with fresh mushrooms and zucchini. I have never used pasta sauce. I hope this helps you!

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    2. Hi, Janelle-
      I actually put a little pasta in sauce when I made it, and it thickened everything into more of a sauce. I also cubed my chicken breasts to make the dish into more of a pasta dish.

      Also, this is SUCH a great dish, Leslie; thank you so much for posting. This is literally my favorite meal, and it is SO versatile.

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    3. You are so welcome! I'm glad you like it!

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    1. I do not suggest using frozen meat in a crock pot. But of course you can. If you do decide to go with frozen, make sure to cook it longer.

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  15. I want to make this in the a.m. but I only have one can of diced tomatoes on hand, I do have a 14.5 oz can of plain tomato sauce, will that work in lieu of the 2nd can of diced tomatoes?

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    1. Hi, Jem!

      I would just go with your one can of diced tomatoes. Leave the tomato sauce out.

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  16. Thank you Leslie. I used some of the tomato sauce for fear of not having enough liquid. It still turned out super yummy, thanks for a great recipe!

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  17. Hi Leslie!

    This recipe looks amazing and I can't wait to try it! I'll be making it tomorrow night, and my question is, if I use a little more balsamic vinegar, how much roughly extra would it be? I'm not the greatest cook, and I thrive on having exact measurements. Lol

    Once again, thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

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  18. Hi Leslie!

    This recipe looks amazing and I can't wait to try it! I'll be making it tomorrow night, and my question is, if I use a little more balsamic vinegar, how much roughly extra would it be? I'm not the greatest cook, and I thrive on having exact measurements. Lol

    Once again, thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

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    1. Hi Janelle!

      Great question! And here is my answer: If you have never made it before, I wouldn't add the extra balsamic your first time. The measurement I have here is the perfect amount for a moderate balsamic flavor. I have had so many comments from people who changed the recipe right off the bat and then weren't happy with it. But for an exact measurement, I would go with 1 Tbs extra. See how you like it and add more from there. You can always add more, you can't take away. lol! I hope this helps you! And I hope you enjoy it!

      Leslie -

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  19. Is it possible to use cherry or grape tomatoes in this recipe instead of Roma or canned tomatoes? What about using already crushed garlic in place of the fresh garlic minced?

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    1. Hi Lauren,

      You can use any kind of tomatoes you like. I stick with the Roma because I like their flavor. And crushed garlic is fine.

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    2. What about the rotel cans with green chilies?

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    3. I would not use Rotel in an Italian flavored dish. I shared this dish on a few other blogs before I started my own, and that was one of the biggest comments as well as questions; to use Rotel or not. I would only use Rotel for a Mexican or Tex-Mex type of dish.

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  20. My daugher has been begging me to mimic the TGIF bruschetta pasta dish. I think this will do the trick! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Do you think this would work for a freezer meal? It sounds so good.

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    1. Yes. It would work for a freezer meal!

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  22. I hope to make this for my daughter's First Communion party. We will have about 75 guests. My plan is to marinade over night and set the slow cooker while we are at the church. Do you have suggestions for increasing the recipe to accommodate this number of servings?
    I was also wondering why the olive oil is placed in the bottom of the slow cooker first, or can it be added to the marinade?

    Thanks,
    Karen

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    1. Hi, Karen!
      The olive oil being placed in the bottom of the crock is nothing more than the order in which I add the ingredients. You could just as easily drizzle it over the chicken after you place it in the slow cooker. I do want to be clear though, the tomatoes, herbs, and balsamic vinegar, are NOT a marinade. And there is no need to marinate over night. The chicken comes out full of flavor without the need to marinade. Typically when using a marinade for chicken, you DO NOT cook the chicken in the ingredients it was marinating in. So I really recommend you not to do that.

      As far as cooking for 75 people, I don't have any calculations on hand as to how much of everything you'll need. I would say 1 chicken breast per person. And I am guessing you'll need about 10 crock pots to divide it all up in.

      I'm sorry that I cannot provide further info for you. But I would love to hear how it goes!

      Best,
      Leslie

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  23. Super over the top yum. Thank you for sharing and thank you Google for leading me here. Pinning this for sure and will blog about it eventually.

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it! Look forward to reading your blog post. :)

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    2. Blogged and wow. I think the soup is even better. Looking forward to trying more of your creations.

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    3. I loved your blog post! Best write up I have read so far on this dish! Thank you! And I'm SO happy you made the soup! Isn't it crazy good?!

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  24. I have cooked this recipe several times. My entire family loves it. I serve it over orzo.

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  25. I am doing a round-up of our favorite freezer-to-crock pot recipes, and I was wondering if I could include an image from this recipe in my blog post. (Linking back to this recipe, of course!) Thank you!
    (http://pinspiredhome.blogspot.com)

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    1. No problem. Thanks for including my link!

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    2. Thanks again, Leslie! Here is the round-up. http://pinspiredhome.blogspot.com/2013/11/stock-your-freezer-freezer-to-crock-pot.html

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