Beat the mid-week meal madness with a trip to Tuscany in the kitchen with this slow cooked Mediterranean Chicken. This crock pot creation is a great source of veggies, protein, and can be served completely GLUTEN-FREE with Ancient Harvest quinoa pasta or brown rice. Almost all of the items needed to whip this up we already had in our pantry, and as you know…we LOVE to “set it and forget it” in the crock pot! The delicious aroma alone will have everyone around the dinner table in no time! Read on for this mid-week meal made easy.
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes, drained
1 6 oz jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 2.5 oz can sliced, pitted, ripe olives, drained
3 Tbsp quick cooking tapioca (This is a great sauce thickener for when you’re making gluten free recipes or cooking in the crockpot.)
2 to 2.5 lb chicken thighs, boneless/skinless (To makes this midweek meal even easier, we buy the large packages of boneless/skinless chicken thighs at the grocer and keep them in the freezer until needed.)
1 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
¾ cup chicken broth
¼ cup dry white wine or additional chicken broth
1 red bell pepper, sliced in thin strips
6 oz Pasta of your choice. We prefer No Yolk Noodles or Ancient Grains Quinoa Pasta for Gluten Free options
Lemon slices (optional)
1. Add chicken pieces to slow cooker, then add mushrooms, tomatoes, undrained artichoke hearts, red pepper and olives and place on top of chicken. Sprinkle with tapioca. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, pepper and salt. Add chicken broth and white wine.
2. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 7-8 hours or on high heat setting for 3.5 to 4 hours. 3P Tip: To quicken cooking time, use a large piece of tin foil to wrap top of crock pot, then place lid over tin foil to seal in heat. of Serve with hot cooked noodles or gluten free pasta. Garnish with lemon slices and a little sprinkle of parmesan cheese!
We opted for NO YOLK noodles (shown above), as they’re a healthier and sturdier noodle! Our friend Lizette turned us on to Ancient Grains gluten free quinoa noodles, which you can purchase at stores like Albertsons or Fresh & Easy. What are your go-to gluten-free favorites?