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Crock pot Mediterranean Chicken

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Crock Pot Mediterranean Chicken

Crock Pot Mediterranean Chicken is a delicious high-fiber, dairy-free, gluten-free meal. This easy crock pot dinner delights the palate with flavorful chicken, sausage, Kalamata olives and artichokes simmered over a low heat in a sauce of delicious Italian tomato sauce. A well balanced meal all in one pot!

It’s kinda tough to sell chicken to my husband sometimes. He finds chicken meat often bland. He also loves his chickens and doesn’t like to think he’s eating…. well chickens! He goes back and forth with it. Chicken is cheap so he’ll eat it sometimes.

Fortunately he likes this dinner really well! The Kalamata olives, spicy chicken sausage and artichokes added a nice flavor touch he really enjoyed.  I know he loved it because when we went to Costco next time he bought a HUGE jar of  Kalamata olives!

We had company for dinner the night I made this recipe. These guests are some of my most critical (honest) taste testers. I was a little nervous getting the opinion of my toughest sells on this dish. It’s really different from our usual fare.

The good news is, even though we had never had a recipe flavored with Kalamata olives before, everyone enjoyed the new blend of flavors. Yay! I’ve broken new ground in my cooking repertoire!

Crock Pot Mediterranean Chicken Recipe Notes:

This easy to make meal has a lot of flavor and nutrition. The quinoa rice blend makes a perfect partner for this dinner.  Not only is it a healthy grain blend; the taste and texture of these grains compliment the rest of the meal wonderfully. Enjoy!

Here is the Method:

  • Oil crock pot. Mix all ingredients, except olive, artichoke hearts, chicken broth and rice in crock pot.
  • Cover and set crock pot on low heat for 6 to 8 hours or until chicken and sausage are cooked thoroughly.
  • 30 minutes before crock pot is done:

  • Stir in artichoke hearts and olives into the crock pot mixture and let sit.
  • boil the rice and quinoa in the chicken broth, in a 4 quart pot.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until done (about 20 minutes)
  • Serve the Mediterranean chicken over the cooked quinoa/rice blend
  • Garnish with pepper strips and fresh cilantro
Crock Pot Mediterranean Chicken
Yield: 8 servings

Crock Pot Mediterranean Chicken

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 50 minutes

This easy crock pot dinner delights the palate with flavorful chicken, sausage, kalamata olives and artichokes simmered over a low heat in a sauce of delicious Italian tomato sauce. A well balanced meal all in one pot!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 Cup red and green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 12 oz. spicy chicken sausage cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 3/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 14 oz. cans Italian stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste, rinse the can with water and add it into the pot.
  • 1 14 oz. can kalamata olives, drained
  • 1 14 oz. can artichoke heart quarters, drained
  • (for the rice quinoa blend)
  • 4 cups Chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups rice

Instructions

  1. Oil crock pot. Mix all ingredients, except olive, artichoke hearts, chicken broth and rice in crock pot.
  2. Cover and set crock pot on low heat for 6 to 8 hours or until chicken and sausage are cooked thoroughly.

30 minutes before crock pot is done:

  1. Stir in artichoke hearts and olives into the crock pot mixture and let sit.
  2. In a 4 quart pot boil the rice and quinoa in the chicken broth
  3. Reduce heat and simmer until done (about 20 minutes)
  4. Serve the Mediterranean chicken over the cooked quinoa/rice blend
  5. Garnish with pepper strips and fresh cilantro

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 532Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 126mgSodium 1520mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 8gSugar 10gProtein 48g

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Kalamata olives, chicken sausage and artichoke hearts over a bed of quinoa and tomatoes make this a scrumptious meal with Mediterranean vibes. Throw it in your crockpot for an easy, nutritionally rich dinner.
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This easy crock pot dinner delights the palate with flavorful chicken, sausage, Kalamata olives and artichokes simmered over a low heat in a sauce of delicious Italian tomato sauce.

Sybil

Monday 9th of March 2015

Question. - Is the 4 c. chicken broth part of the chicken recipe or part of the quinoa- rice recipe?

homemadefoodjunkie

Monday 9th of March 2015

Hi Sybil, Thank you for your question! I have re-read the recipe and updated it so the instructions are clearer. The answer is; the chicken broth is for cooking the rice quinoa blend. I also added to rinse the tomato paste can with water and add that to the crock pot. Thanks for letting me know it needed clearing up. Enjoy!

Jennifer Johnson

Monday 16th of February 2015

What incredible flavors for the crock pot!!

Nicky

Monday 16th of February 2015

This is so colorful and vibrant. How could anyone not love this chicken dish?

homemadefoodjunkie

Monday 10th of August 2015

Thank you Nicky!

Katerina

Friday 13th of February 2015

I just bought a new slow cooker and I will definitely try this! Looks awesome!

homemadefoodjunkie

Monday 16th of February 2015

I hope you love it Katerina. Our family really enjoyed this recipe!

KC the Kitchen Chopper

Friday 13th of February 2015

I love everything about this dish from the Chicken to the Quinoa. Can't wait to try your CROCK POT MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN!

homemadefoodjunkie

Friday 13th of February 2015

I hope you love it KC!

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