Slow-Cooker Rustic Italian Chicken

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

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  • prep time 40 min
  • total time 6 hr 40 min
  • ingredients 12
  • servings 6
 

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 pepper
1
can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes, undrained
3 1/2
cups uncooked penne pasta (about 12 oz)
Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired
Chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, if desired

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 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.
  • 2 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.
  • 3 Serve chicken with pasta. Garnish with cheese and parsley.
  • 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.
  • 2 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.
  • 3 Serve chicken with pasta. Garnish with cheese and parsley.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

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.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
550
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
95mg
95%;
Sodium
910mg
910%;
Total Carbohydrate
63g
63%
(Dietary Fiber
6g
6%
  Sugars
9g
9%
),
Protein
43g
43%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
110%;
Vitamin C
40%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
35%;
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 4 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.