Slow Cooked Italian Stew (Crock Pot)
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- Ready In:
- 4hrs 15mins
- 1⁄2 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 2 carrots, thinly sliced
- 1 (9 ounce) package cooked spicy chicken sausage, sliced
- 1 (8 -10 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
- 1 green pepper, seeded and vertically cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
- 1 large zucchini, halved and cut into 3/8 inch thick pieces
- 1 1⁄2 cups fat free chicken broth (can use bouillon and water)
- 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans Italian stewed tomatoes
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (use another white bean if desired)
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
- Coat slow cooker with a light layer of cooking spray.
- Add carrots and onions. Top with chicken cubes and chicken sausage. Top with peppers and zucchini.
- Mix together the tomatoes, broth, rosemary, garlic and oregano. Pour on top of ingredients in the crock pot.
- Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 7 hours. Vegetables should be tender and chicken cooked but not falling apart.
- Turn cooker to high and stir in cannellini beans and re-cover slow cooker. Cook and additional 10 to 15 minutes until beans are heated through.
- Ladle stew into bowls and garnish with basil.
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Just tried this recipe and while it was good, it was a little overwhelmingly tomato-y the first night. There was plenty left for a redoux, so I added 3/4 cup concentrated chicken broth to cut the predominant tomato flavor, served it over a bit of rice topped by a healthy dollop of parmesan cheese and it was much more enthusiastically received by the family.
I love this! I also used 12oz chicken sausage (spicy) and a smaller chicken breast. I added a little crushed red pepper as well. I believe my new crock pot is off a little because i checked on this after 4.5 hours on low, and the zucchini and green peppers were already soft, so i added the beans then for 10 minutes. After tasting, I had to eat an entire bowl (rather than waiting for DH to get home from work). So easy, healthy and delicious! Thanks!
This is a great for a crockpot, I made as stated only used smoked beef sausage in place of chicken and browned the sausage first, I added in some Creole seasoning to add some heat and also increased the garlic to 2 tablespoons, I haven't used my crockpot in a while and I think it is about time for a new one as this took 5 hours on HIGH to cook, anyway thanks for sharing Toni!...Kitten:)