Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken & Sausage

2013-02-22
  • Servings : 5
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Lay the breasts raw in the bottom of the slow cooker and drizzle with a couple tablespoons of olive oil (optional, but recommended). Add the first round of seasonings directly onto the chicken (1 teaspoon of each: Italian seasoning, garlic powder and salt). Don’t mix, just leave it on top. During the slow cooking process, it seasons the chicken directly for perfect flavor.

Layer the thinly sliced onion and chopped garlic next. Then pour the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water/stock and balsamic vinegar into the pot. Top with a second round of seasonings, use the remaining portions. Again, don’t mix this up. I like the way the flavors develop with this layering style.

Cover and set the slow cooker to high for five hours. Not all slow cookers are created equal, so it’s important you have a personal relationship with yours… Mine tends to be really hot and cooks faster than most recipes call for. With that in mind, it’s safe to assume that you could make this recipe on low for 7 hours. Worst case is that the chicken will dry out, so if that happens I’m super sorry!

Of course this recipe was destined to partner with spaghetti squash, so don’t fight fate. Slice the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the guts and roast for 30-40 minutes at 400 degrees cut-side down. When the timer dings, remove from oven and flip them over to cool slightly cut side up. Use a fork to harvest the strands. That’s it!

Ingredients

  • 4-6 chicken breasts, skinless & boneless
  • 6 fresh Italian sausages
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced NOT diced!
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 - 14.5 oz cans of organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 - 15 oz can of tomato sauce, 1 cup water or stock
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

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Comments (7)

  1. posted by Miss Wendy on February 22, 2013

    Sounds lovely but at what point do you put in the sausages? With the chicken breast?

  2. posted by PopularPaleo on February 22, 2013

    Sorry about that!!! A reader on my blog pointed it out to me AFTER I already uploaded it to Fastpaleo!

    The sausage should go on top of the seasoned chicken, under the layer of onion and garlic.

    My apologies for the confusion!!
    ~Ciarra

    • posted by Ute on February 22, 2013

      Ciarra, would you send an e-mail to info @ fastpaleo dot com to tell me exactly where in the recipe you’d like me to add the sausage part? Thank you.~Ute

  3. posted by kedral on February 28, 2013

    There is no stock/water in the ingredient list but it’s in the instructions… Making this right now- how much stock to add??

    • posted by Ute on February 28, 2013

      I updated the recipe. :) It calls for one cup water or stock.

  4. posted by kedral on February 28, 2013

    1 cup I found it on the website. I also noticed the recipes don’t match there is a lot more seasoning on here than in the website

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