Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker

I have not been good lately about planning my menus.  Yes, I plan menus and grocery lists to post here, but I haven’t been planning for myself.  Consequently, I wing it a lot.  The good thing about winging it is that sometimes I come up with a really good new recipe.  That turned out to be the case this time.

The ingredients in my pantry and freezer are what inspired this dish.  But as I was putting it together, I realized that it had some similarities to the recipe that Pioneer Woman had posted on her blog that morning.  So I guess I was subconsciously inspired by her recipe too.  Hers had chicken, whole garlic cloves and tomatoes in common with mine.  Oh, and they are both served over pasta.  Hers also had wine, which I coveted because it would have been really good in this dish, but I had none.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Yield: 6-8 servings

Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless chicken breasts (or more if you like it meatier)
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 small can sliced black olives
  • 1 whole bulb of garlic cloves, peeled but left whole (you can use less if you like things less garlicky)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, if desired

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add the other ingredients on top and stir to combine them a bit.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 5-6 hours.
  4. Serve over angel hair pasta.
  5. Top with Parmesan cheese if desired.
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Comments

  1. Looks yummy!!! If you have some “lying around” you could also throw some capers in there! Mmmmmm! Thanks for sharing this!

  2. I’m jealous. When I’m left with a pantry and fridge of spare ingredients, that usually means frozen pizza night for us. This looks great. Mediterranean food is one of my faves.

  3. I love slow cooker recipes and this one sounds so tasty. Crock pots are terrific little appliances. Lots of times when I’m making something that uses spaghetti sauce or tomatoes I pour a little wine into the jar or can, slosh it around and add it to the mixture. It helps clean out the jar and adds a little interest.

  4. Lauren says:

    I have a question (Im new to the slow cooker!) Should the chicken be thawed or frozen?

  5. I have this on my current two week menu, but I didn’t see fire roasted tomatoes at the store. Are they a pretty common thing and the store was weird or do I need to look somewhere special? If I can’t find them anywhere, then tell me what to add to a regular can of diced tomatoes to get a comparable flavor. Pretty please. :)

    • Bethany, fire roasted tomatoes are Hunt’s brand. I don’t think they’re unusual. I’m not sure there’s anything you could add to regular to get that fire roasted taste though. It would be ok just to use plain. It won’t make that huge of a difference.

  6. Ok, we’ll just make do with regular ones this time and keep our eyes open for the fire roasted ones. :)

  7. I made this for my family this past Sunday and it was a huge hit. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  8. Michelle says:

    Just so you know, I LOVE that you post a weekly menu and grocery list. You ROCK! Thanks for the time you put into that.

  9. We had this for dinner tonight and it was a hit with my whole family!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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