23 June 2011

Recipe: Crock Pot Italian Chicken

This Saturday, it'll be time to pick up my next Angel Food order.  For the first time since I started doing Angel Food, I have yet to make it through last month's food.  So I started looking at what was left.  One of the bigger items was split chicken breasts.  I knew it was going to be warmer this week, so I didn't want to fire up the oven (which is one of the reasons they were still there), so I started thinking about what I could do with them, but my self-imposed challenge was to only use on-hand ingredients.

I realised that I had a bottle of light Italian salad dressing.  I'm actually not a fan of Italian dressing, but I had bought it for a recipe, so I had an idea.  I called Mom and asked what she thought about using that in the Crock Pot with chicken in lieu of a marinade.  She thought it would taste good, but her concern was that it would be too strong cooking directly on the chicken.  So we decided to slightly dilute the dressing.

This morning, I put the three breasts on the bottom of the Crock Pot and poured about 8 ounces of dressing on top.  Then I put roughly 4 ounces of water in there to dilute it.  I set the Crock Pot on low for 8 hours (I LOVE that my new CP has a built-in timer!) and let it do its thing.  About half-way through, I turned the chicken over so both sides would get the benefit of the dressing flavour.  (Btw, did you know that every time you lift the lid, you should increase the cooking time by 20 minutes?)

For supper, I had really delicious chicken.  I told Mom that next time, I would dilute the dressing slightly less.  I do think she's right that it needs to be diluted, but I think the 2:1 formula is just a LITTLE bit too much.  It definitely still had the Italian dressing flavour, but I would have preferred it to be a bit stronger.  (But I like bold flavours.)

I ate this with steamed veggies and sweet dinner rolls.  I briefly considered adding the veggies to the CP, but decided not to because I didn't want my entire supper tasting of the same flavour.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds yummy!!!! We get our very first Angel Food tomorrow :-}
    We got mostly veggies, as we have plenty o meat in teh freezer. Oscar's interview went very well, and he really likes that the company is small :-}