Last weekend I knew that I would be really busy so I looked for a way to do dinner without "doing" dinner. I am famous for buying appliances and then deciding after using them once or twice I wasn't that happy with them. There is an exception to every rule and I have one; the Crock Pot. I have been married almost 27 years and still have the very first crockpot that we were given. It's the kind that you can't take the ceramic bowl out of to wash, so it got little use. What a pain in the keester.
I was cruising through Sam's one day and saw a Crock Pot on sale for around $50. I checked out the box and it had the removable kind of bowl and a second bowl that was divided into a main dish and the "what ever" section. I am guessing the "what ever" is meant to be a side dish of some sort to accompany the entree. I have never used that bowl but maybe some day I will.
I love things cooked in my Crock Pot. Since I am trying to lose more weight I had to find something that would come close to a Weight Watchers recipe. I found such a recipe in the book Mable Hoffman's Crockery Cookery.
The recipe is called Chicken Cacciatore. It was so simple and it really was great when it was done. As usual I didn't really follow the recipe. Why should I change now?
1 (2 ½ to 3 ½ pound) broiler-fryer chicken, cut up
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp dried basil or oregano
½ tsp lemon
¼ tsp salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup rose wine
1 TBS sugar
½ green bell pepper, sliced
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
1 cup mushroom, sliced
I threw in all the ingredients in, covered the pot, set the timer and walked away knowing that dinner was going to be ready when I said so! The especially nice thing about this crock pot is the fact it has a timer for 4, 6, 8 and 10 hours of cooking. The recipe called for 5-6 but I set it for 8.
I threw in all the ingredients except the pasta and just let it go all day. We did eat the dish over pasta. I had bought the Garlic and Basil Penne pasta from Trader Joe's so we ate that. I have to say that my kitchen smelled like heaven while the chicken was cooking all day. Later while the pasta boiled, my mouth got watery smelling that in conjunction with the Cacciatore. I will warn anyone who does do this dish to be aware about how tender the chicken and how you will have to pick for bones before you eat too far into the chicken. I could not get it out of the crock pot without it just falling off the bones. That part was tricky, but well worth it.