Valentine’s Day came and went this year in a flurry of class parties, sick kids, and exhausted parents. We didn’t do much to celebrate, and I was feeling a little bummed that I hadn’t done anything special for my husband. When my mom offered to let the boys have a sleepover at her house this weekend, I jumped at the chance to create a special at-home date night and dinner-for-two. I couldn’t wait to make one of my husband’s favorite recipes – chicken cacciatore!
I knew that we were planning to spend the day at a car dealership buying me a new “Mom Mobile,” so I took a few minutes in the morning to get everything set up in the crockpot so that our dinner could slowly simmer to perfection while we shopped. There’s nothing like coming home from a long day to a delicious meal that’s already prepared and waiting for you!
- (4) Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- (1) Onion, thinly sliced
- (2) Cups sliced bell peppers
- (1) 28 oz. can of Classico Crushed Tomatoes (available at Walmart)
- (2) Tablespoons of minced garlic (not pictured – oops, sorry!)
- (1) Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Parsley for garnish
This recipe is so simple that you can literally just toss everything right into the crockpot (you can even use frozen chicken and vegetables!), but I like to take a few quick extra steps to make my meal even more incredible.
I start by lightly caramelizing my onions in a tablespoon of butter. Cook them low and slow until they start to turn a bit brown and get translucent. You don’t want to caramelize them too much though or else they’ll turn into mush in the crockpot.
After I remove the onions from the pan, I use the same pan to lightly brown and sear both sides of the chicken breasts (seasoned with salt and pepper). This helps to lock in the moisture and keeps the chicken from falling apart after it’s done cooking in the crockpot.
Layer into the crockpot in this order: peppers, onions, chicken breast, Classico Crushed Tomatoes, and Italian seasoning. Note: this photo only shows about half of the can of tomatoes in order to illustrate the layering. The whole can will cover over everything in the crockpot.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Serve over warm whole grain linguine or fettuccine al dente.
The best part about making this chicken cacciatore for our date night was that I was able to spend more time hanging out with my husband since I didn’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen!
I love knowing exactly what goes into my meals, and cooking at home with healthy ingredients like Heinz Classico Canned Crushed Tomatoes helps ensure that we’re eating 100% all natural foods with no added preservatives. The perfect meal for the perfect date night!
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