Slow Cooker Chicken Apple Medley

Whoa, it has been forever since I’ve posted! The Holiday Season truly has been so hectic, but this being our first married Christmas, it has been wonderful, too. I do have to admit that I run off of busyness – I love the hustle and bustle of this time of year, hosting parties and having parties to attend, getting together with the people you love most without any excuse. However, it does have a way of wearing you out. Needless to say, with all of these activities, finding time to write recipes and blog posts has all but diminished. I have LOTS of new recipes that I have been experimenting with in the true spirit of the holidays, but, since most everyone has been getting back into the busy predominance of their everyday normalcy, I will talk about {one of} our favorite kitchen gadgets. Yep, you guessed it: the Crock Pot. How can I not post about this all the time?! It really does make life a cinch.

I have been feeling as though I need to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables – we have TONS of frozen veggies in our freezer all the time, and it does make dinner a little bit easier. It also stays better, because half the time, it’s only the two of us who I’m cooking for, so it’s easy for me to let the fresh stuff stack up and go bad, unfortunately.

So, I have been buying more fresh and utilizing it as quickly as I can.

I purchased a bag of these huge, gorgeous red apples that were on sale, and haven’t looked at them until today, and thought, “I bet this would be good with chicken in the crock pot,” but had no reference to start creating the dish. I began browsing through a plethora of recipes, got some ideas, and came up with my very own Slow Cooker Chicken Apple Medley – or as Rachael Ray calls these sort of dishes, a “stoup” – somewhere between a soup and stew.

What You’ll Need:

1 LG Red Apple {peeled, cored & chopped into bite-size pieces}

1 LG Yellow Onion {peeled & chopped the same size as the apple}

1 LG Sweet Potato {chopped into bite size pieces, also}

3 Medium Chicken Breasts {bite size pieces}

1 C Beef Stock

3/4 Can Cream of Mushroom

1/4 C Red Wine {that you would drink}

1 TSP Crushed Garlic

1 TBS of Kick’n Chick’n Seasoning by Weber {my newly found obsession that goes on almost everything}

1/2 TBS Garlic Salt

1 TSP Paprika

3 Bay Leaves

After cutting up all your bite-sized ingredients, throw the onion, sweet potato and apple into your crock pot and turn it on HIGH. Then, mix all the spices, wine, garlic, cream of mushroom and stock together, and pour over the mixture in the Crock.

Next, brown the bite-sized pieces of chicken on a non-stick skillet {I used my GreenPan that the in-laws got us for Christmas – the chicken even came out with grill-marks! Not that it matters}. When it’s almost cooked all the way through, put it in your hot Crock, and stir everything together. Toss the bay leaves in, and you’re done! After all of your elements are in the pot, turn down to low and let it cook for at least 6 hours. I think it took me a total of 15 minutes {only because I cut my hand open, so I only had one to work with}. There you have it, a HEARTY, HEALTHY and DELICIOUS winter dinner. Serve with a fresh, green salad, of course ;). Serves approximately 5.

Stats:

 5 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 265.0
  Total Fat 4.3 g
  Saturated Fat 1.2 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 1.2 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 1.1 g
  Cholesterol 83.1 mg
  Sodium 1,238.9 mg
  Potassium 747.9 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 19.8 g
  Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
  Sugars 7.5 g
  Protein 34.7 g
  Vitamin A 44.9 %
  Vitamin B-12 10.7 %
  Vitamin B-6 49.8 %
  Vitamin C 19.2 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 5.6 %
  Calcium 4.8 %
  Copper 16.8 %
  Folate 4.6 %
  Iron 13.2 %
  Magnesium 13.4 %
  Manganese 23.9 %
  Niacin 89.7 %
  Pantothenic Acid     19.7 %
  Phosphorus     36.4 %
  Riboflavin 14.1 %
  Selenium 40.0 %
  Thiamin 12.7 %
  Zinc 10.6 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

*Remember, these stats are to the best of my knowledge. I attain them from the website http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp and they may not always be %100 accurate.

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