Crockpot Pesto Chicken

I have been obsessed with this recipe recently.  I make it every two weeks!  Super easy and pretty quick for a crock pot recipe!

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 Chicken breasts
  • 4 mushrooms (I hate mushrooms, so I dice them VERY fine so I “hide” them)
  • 1c chicken broth
  • 2 shallots cut julienne
  • 1 jar of pesto

 

Line the crockpot with the crockpot liner.  Pour the broth in.  Then put in the chicken, mushrooms, and shallots.   When it comes to putting on the pesto, I spread it on top of the chicken breast.

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Put the lid on, cook on low for 4 hours, or high for 2 hours.

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Serve over pasta, or eat it by itself!   Trip likes having it with a little bit of marinara.  Sometimes I think he will put my marinara on anything!  🙂

 

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CrockPot Turkey Chili Stew

Yep…you read that title correct!  I make Turkey Chili Stew.   I used to call it chili, but when I would describe it to people, it was decided that it was more of a stew because of all the vegetables that are in it.  Call it chili, call it stew…doesn’t matter because it is so tasty!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1c raw onion
  • 1/2c diced red bell peppers
  • 3 stalks of celery diced
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 can of kidney beans, drained (optional)
  • 1 can (14.5oz) of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (6oz) tomato puree
  • 2.5 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp crushed black pepper

 

First brown the turkey in a pan.   Then you can line your crockpot with a crockpot liner.   Add all of the ingredients to the crock pot except spinach.  Add spices to the mixture.

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Now add the spinach on top.

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Cook on low for 7 hours.  Stirring occasionally.

Seven hours later….your house smells like chili.  It’s the perfect comfort food on a cold day.

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Unfortunately, the picture does not do it justice.  I know that it isn’t very pretty, but it is delicious and very healthy!

 

Chicken Parmesan

Like I mentioned in previous posts…..we LOVE Italian food!  And our favorite dish at Italian restaurants is Chicken Parmesan.  I like to try different dishes on the menu, but Trip…he stays with the classic.  He will order Chicken Parmesan and I will try something new, and his dish is always better.  Since we love this dish so much, it only makes sense that I make it at home, but only a bit healthier.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 2c almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Marinara
  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • Coconut Oil

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Normally in restaurants the chicken comes in a single breast.  I like to cut the chicken into pieces and then bread it.   Open the eggs for an egg wash in a bowl.  In another bowl, put your almond flour and spices in.  Mix the flour and spices.

 

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Dip the chicken into the egg wash and then put it in the breading.  I typically use my left hand to mix the chicken in the eggs, drop it into the breading bowl and use my right hand to roll the chicken in the breading.  I have found that this will help keep excess egg into the breading and it won’t get as many clumps.

When you are finished, it looks like this:IMG_2483

As you can see, there isn’t a ton of flour on the chicken.   A lot of restaurants will have pounded the chicken so thin that some bites are just breading.  With this thin coating of breading, you get the taste and the texture of the crispy breading.

Next, you will use a medium pan and put a tablespoon of coconut oil in.  You will sear each side of the chicken for 1.5-2 minutes on each side.  (As you can see, I don’t deep fry my chicken.)  You want a nice golden color on the chicken.  It’s ok if it isn’t cooked all the way through, we will be baking it in a few minutes.

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You can get your baking dish ready while the chicken is cooking.  I start by putting a layer of marinara on the bottom.  I like using the marinara recipe I posted earlier.  Then once the chicken is done searing on both sides, put it on a paper towel to drain off excess oil.  Next you can start putting it in your baking dish.

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Once it is full of chicken, put another layer of marinara over the chicken.

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Bake the chicken for 20 minutes in the oven.  Once that has finished cooking, put as much mozzarella as you like over the dish.  And cook until cheese is melted, about 7 minutes.

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You can serve this over pasta, zoodles, sweet potato noodles, or quinoa!  Or just eat it plain.   Anyway you have it, it tastes amazing!

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