Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow cooker chicken cacciatore is easy to make and so delicious your family and guests won’t know it’s good for them, unless you tell them. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

 

I have cookbooks to spare. I started my collection when I landed my first clinical nutrition job in a Philadelphia, teaching hospital. Here’s what  I remember: most of my patients had diabetes. Did you know that diabetics have an increased risk of heart disease?  It ‘s why I have The American Heart Association Cookbook in my library.  This book has enabled me to sharpen my  cardio-protective cooking skills and share this culinary knowledge with  patients interested in changing their lifestyles. Many of these tips have stuck with me throughout the years.

So why  this story?  The Recipe Redux December  theme  is  Grab and Book and Cook. Here’s our challenge…

We’re playing a little party game at the end of 2017: Grab your nearest cookbook and ReDux the recipe on page 201, 17, 217 – or any combination of the number ‘2017.’ (Of course, please don’t forget to credit the original recipe and change enough of the recipe to make it your very own.

…and I am choosing  The American Heart Association Cookbook for this party game.  On page 217  I  found a recipe for Chicken in Tomato Wine Sauce. I’ve changed it up to make it a slow cooker recipe and served it over creamy polenta. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

While there is NOT a one size fits all approach to managing diabetes, this recipe fits into several eating patterns appropriate for diabetics (or anyone interested in a healthy eating and healthy aging) including low fat, DASH and Mediterranean. One serving provides a healthy dose of protein important for stabilizing blood sugar (and for muscle protein synthesis), is low in fat (particularly saturated fat), contains a whole grain, is a source of healthy fats, has no added sugar. In addition, this meal provides lycopene, a powerful antioxidant associated with lower rates of cardiovascular disease.  I hope you will try this recipe and find more delicious recipes from my colleagues in the links at the bottom of this post.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker. Chicken Caccaitore

A delicious Mediterranean dish that’s high in protein and includes a whole grain.

  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 16 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 28 ounce can San Marzano peeled tomatoes (use low sodium for DASH)
  • 1 cup white wine, reduced to half cup
  • 1-6 ounce can tomato paste (use low sodium for DASH)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 5 springs rosemary for garnish
  • 6 cups skim lactaid milk
  • 2/3 cup reduced sodium chicken stock
  • 1 1/3 cups medium ground cornmeal

Instructions

  1. Add one tablespoon oil to large skillet and saute chicken breasts until they are just brown. Place in the bottom of slow cooker along with tomaotes, tomato paste, reduced white wine, seasonings, salt, and  lemon juice.  Discard any cooking fat remaining in skillet.
  2. Add second  tablespoon oil to clean skillet and saute onions until they are translucent Add the garlic and suace until  light brown. Add mushrooms and bell peppers. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour mixture over top chicken in slow cooker. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours until chicken is tender.

For the creamy polenta:

  1. Bring milk  and chicken stock to a boil. Gradually add cornmeal stirring constanly with a whisk. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for about 20 minutes  or until creamy and thickened, stirring occasionally. Cover ; remove from heat.
    Serve polenta topped with chicken thigh and tomato mushroom sauce. Garnish with fresh sprig of rosemary.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 371kcal
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Sodium: 424mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg

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Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken

Panera at Home soup accompanies a  Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken for a ‘better for you meal’ made  in the comfort of your own home. Copy Cat Panera SaladDisclosure: I received free samples of Panera at Home Soups.  I  was not financially compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. 

This past weekend was beautiful , and I had the  opportunity to spend some time  with a dear friend of mine, Pam,  visiting from Delaware. Pam and I were roommates years decades  ago at the University of Delaware. Both RDs with different career paths, it’s fun to catch up!  While we both love to cook,  our good intentions of making a Saturday night  meal of Chicken Agrodolce with Creamy Polenta, never came to be. But that’s ok.  Sometimes, you have to rethink homemade.

Enter Panera  at Home. It just so happened that the good folks at Panera helped me stock my refrigerator for the weekend with an assortment of  Panera Bread at Home soups. These easy to heat containers of savory soup gave me  the flexibility of  enjoying  picture perfect weather outside, riding bicycles and strolling the beach, without the need to rush back to make supper. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than being able to kick back in the comfort of my own kitchen and quickly assemble a delicious meal that’s ‘better for you’.  I  heated Panera at Home’s Turkey Sausage,  Kale and Quinoa  Soup (garnished it with a sage leaf) and put together my version  of Panera’s  Ancient Grain and Arugula Salad with Chicken.

I ‘m a long time Panera Bread customer because I apprecipate their beliefs of Food as it Should Be (and they have great hazelnut coffee too)!

• Free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners,colors or flavors from artifical sources.

• Savored and enjoyed. At a table. Alone or together with family and friends.

• Raised Responsibly. Sourced from farms that respect the food they produce.

• Personalized. Curated and customizable menus so you can eat the way you want.

If you’re like me and  frequent Panera Bread for the above reasons, you can now enjoy  the convenience of the Panera Bread at Home for times when it’s fitting to Rethink Homemade. Click here for a Panera at Home soup coupon to serve  this delicious soup…Copy Cat Panera Salad to go with this Panera Soupalong with the  salad I’m sharing today (recipe below).

 

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Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken

Panera at Home soup accompanies a  Copycat Panera Salad with Grapes, Apples and Chicken for a ‘better for you meal’ made  in the comfort of your own home.

  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup precooked long grain and wild rice
  • 1 cup broccoli slaw mix ( broccoli and carrots)
  • 1 gala aple diced
  • 3 cups lettuce (romaine and red leaf)
  • 4 ounces sliced roasted chicken breast
  • 12 red grapes, cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 tablspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Instructions

In a salad bowl, add cooked rice, broccoli slaw mix, apples, lettuce, chicken, grapes.  Toss. Set aside. In a small prep bowl combine salt, Pomegranate juice, vinegar, honey and oil. Whisk. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Divide between two plates. Note: May substitute Panera Fuji Apple Vinaigrette Dressing .

Nutrition

  • Calories: 269
  • Sugar: 11 grams
  • Sodium: 326 mg
  • Fat: 4 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 1 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 44 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Protein: 16 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0
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