Slow cooker. What an amazing invention. There’s not a whole lot that you can’t make in a slow cooker. Drinks. Lasagna. Pizza. Cheesecake. Applesauce. And so on and so forth. When I’m working my 12 or 24 hour shifts on the ambulance or helicopter, it’s always nice to throw a few things into the slow cooker, go about my day, then sit down at the end of the day to a delicious, hassle-free dinner. 9 times out of 10, as soon as I begin cooking something or put something into the oven, the tones will drop overhead and we are off to help someone with their emergency. In short, slow cooker meals are perfect. They come in various sizes. The larger ones have the ability to hold A LOT of food. Also, everyone can eat whenever it’s convenient for them. This is the perfect kitche
I’ve been following PaleoPot on Facebook for a while now. He is always posting these amazing looking slow cooker recipes. His philosophy is that it doesn’t have to be super complicated, just simple and delicious. That’s exactly what this recipe is…simple and delicious.
This morning at work, we were trying to think of something tasty for dinner. As I perused through Facebook, I saw that PaleoPot had posted this recipe. How perfect! The perfect firehouse meal.
2.5 to 3 pounds of boneless & skinless chicken breasts (we used a bit more)
2 pounds of red bell peppers, seeded and roasted in olive oil OR 1 to 2 jars (we used 5 peppers and grilled them)
12 whole cloves of garlic.
1 cup of tomato sauce (we used 2 cans)
1/2 tsp oregano.
1/2 tsp basil.
1/2 tsp thyme.
1 cup of water.
1 medium white onion, grated/chopped/sliced very fine.
1. Add your onion, tomato sauce, and water to your slow cooker. Stir well.
2. Add your oregano, basil, and thyme to your mixture, stir well again.
3. Puncture your chicken breasts with the tip of a knife, and stuff inside half of your garlic cloves (roast the other half with the peppers).
4. Add your chicken breasts, make sure they are coated and at least halfway submerged into your base liquid.
5. Cover your chicken breasts with your roasted red peppers and garlic that you roasted.
6. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours tops.
7. Remove your chicken breasts from your slow cooker, transfer them to a large bowl and shred them with 2 forks.
8. Using a slotted spoon, remove your roasted red peppers and add them to a saucepan or blender.
9. Take 1 cup of the liquid left in your slow cooker and add it to the peppers.
10. If using a blender, pulse into an even yet slightly chunky consistency is obtained. If you have an immersion blender, simply do the same in your saucepan.
11. Add as much or as little sauce to your pulled chicken as you like. You can either use it as a topping, or fully mix it into the chicken to coat it. Both ways are great.
I was intrigued by this recipe. I’m sure many people will think “but there’s something missing.” Pasta, rice, toast….something. I suppose that one could serve it with spaghetti squash or cauliflower rice, but really, turns out, it’s pretty fantastic just by itself. Goes back to the concept of simple. Chicken and sauce. The flavors really build on one another. You have the chicken base, tomato sauce, Italian spices, garlic undertones, then the roasted red pepper. The red pepper really pulls this recipe together, gives it that pop. We opted to grill our peppers. Such amazing flavor. Sweet and smokey. I could see using this red pepper sauce often. Everyone loved this dish, Paleo eaters as well as the 100% non-Paleo eaters. Happy firehouse, full bellies.
One of the firefighters just got back from Greece, so he prepared us an authentic Greek salad to have along with our pulled chicken. Cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta, olive oil…. A perfectly cool and refreshing side to go with this slow cooker meal.
I really encourage you to check out PaleoPot. If you’re looking for a clean slow cooker recipe, it’s your one stop shop. Maybe you’re doing the 21 day sugar detox. Jackpot. He has those recipes too. While you’re at it, check out the PaleoPot Facebook page. In addition to recipes, there are frequent giveaways, cooking tips, and info on helpful kitchen gadgets that are on sale. Give PaleoPot the click.
Recipe found HERE.