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Slow Cooker Provencal Style Chicken with Rice : A Complete One Pot Meal

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I hope you haven’t put away your slow cooker for the summer because I have the perfect one pot meal for you. The slow cooker can really come into its own at this time of year – the last thing anyone needs on a perfect summer’s day is to slave over a hot stove. If you need a meal you can prepare and forget about until serving it, this dish is a great one to try. I love the flavours of Provence with the warm taste of the mediterranean, basil, tomatoes, peppers, wine and of course Herbes de Provence.

 


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Kitchen Shed Top Tip

Dried herbs work well in a slow cooker added at the beginning and intensify as the dish cooks. Fresh herbs are best added at the end because they tend to lose their flavour in slow cooking.

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Slow Cooker Provencal Style Chicken with Rice

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large red onion – thickly sliced
  • 2 red peppers cut into thick strips
  • 3 cloves garlic – crushed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 2 anchovy fillets – chopped
  • 6 large tomatoes – chopped or 1 x 400 g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
  • ½ teapsoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 250 ml (1 cup) of brown basmati rice
  • 250 ml (1 cup) of white wine
  • 250 ml (1 cup) of boiling water
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • A generous handful of chopped fresh basil
  • Approx 20 black or green olives

 

  • Spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray or lightly grease.
  • Preheat slow cooker on high.
  • In a large frying pan, fry the onion and peppers in oil until lightly browned on the edges.
  • Add the garlic, tomato puree and chopped anchovy fillets and fry for another couple of minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, bay leaf, herbes de Provence and salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the rice and stir well to coat rice with mixture.
  • Pour the wine over the rice mixture and stir in.
  • Transfer the contents of the frying pan to your slow cooker pot, add the boiling water and stir.
  • Wipe the frying pan clean and add a little more oil.
  • Heat to a medium heat and brown the chicken on both sides.
  • Carefully place the chicken onto the rice mixture in the slow cooker and cover. (The chicken won’t dry out, it cooks in the steam and is very tender)
  • Cook on high for 2½ hours or on low for 5 hours.
  • Check the rice is cooked and add seasoning if you wish.
  • Stir in your freshly chopped basil and olives.
  • Take to the table and serve.
  • The recipe provides plenty for 4 people and you don’t really need anything else. That said, if you fancy a treat, serve with a basket of crusty bread and a glass of wine.

I’m entering Slow Cooker Provence Style Chicken with rice to a few challenges this month:

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