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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Crockpot Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Our crockpot has been in use a bit more lately after its relocation from the pantry to the countertop. It was NOT packed away as part of the great de-cluttering to get the house ready for showing. Since those hoped for events have not been happening lately, the crockpot is back in view and NOW seeing more use. 

Chicken was “what’s for dinner” last week and I looked online for a “waist-friendly” meal using spices and herbs a without calorie-laden sauce. There were several recipes similar to this one which was altered to include fresh herbs and onion and a substitution of chicken thighs vs. breasts. The ingredients list is fairly simple and you could have all these items available in your pantry or freezer.

Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken Thighs
  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1/2 half small onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 C balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh basil (if available)
  • Fresh parsley (if available)
  1. Combine the first six dry spices (garlic powder, dried basil, oregano, salt, pepper) in a small bowl.
  2. Rub over chicken on both sides, then set aside. 
  3. Pour olive oil and put garlic and onion on the bottom of the crock pot. Place chicken on top. Pour balsamic vinegar over the chicken.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW 7 hours or HIGH 4 hours. Sprinkle with fresh parsley on top to serve. 
Summer squash is abundant now as so is fresh basil (in our garden). Combine these with onion, garlic powder, sea salt and freshly ground pepper then sautée and serve with the chicken. 
This first-time meal is now a “keeper” worth repeating at The Frog & PenguINN dinner table. (Sorry but there were NO leftovers.)

14 comments:

W. Latane Barton said...

That looks like a recipe I would want to try. It's so hard cooking for one. I sure do eat a lot of left-overs!

Montanagirl said...

That looks really good! I like chicken, but my husband does not care for it.

doublebhomestead said...

Now that looks tasty and healthy for you too! I need to try that soon.

Sandra said...

crock pot cooking is great for the summertime, ovens create so much heat...

DeniseinVA said...

That looks like another great recipe. I've been keeping my crock pot on the counter too. It's begging for me to use it again!

Rebecca said...

That looks great. I usually just buy chicken breasts and I bet it would be great for them, too. It would be perfect with fresh squash from the garden!

barbara l. hale said...

I have a Crock-Pot just like that one. I think I will have to try that recipe.

Doris said...

I've been using my crock pot a lot, too. I would love this recipe....love balsamic vinegar!
Hmmm. I should plant some basil....love that too!

Elaine said...

Mmmm, sounds good!

Arija said...

Either you like lots of garlic or you are surrounded by witches. The recipe sounds great and gives me ideas but garlic, for those of us on blood thinners is a definite no-no.

Debbie said...

sounds yummy, i think i will print it out, i plan on replacing my crock pot this winter.

i have been cooking more and more chicken thighs. they are so juicy and tender....i find we enjoy them more then white meat!

Daisy said...

Well, I was on my way there, till I saw the part about "no leftovers." Where's the fun in that? :D Looks absolutely delicious.

Leonora said...

This looks delicious! I love the crock pot aspect and I love anything with Balsamic vinegar. I'll definitely be trying this one-thanks for sharing!

Betsy said...

This sounds like a Sunday dinner at my house. Thanks much for sharing.
betsy

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