| Laura Jones
Hockey season is in full swing, and for us hockey moms that means one thing: it’s time to fire up the crockpot! Today we’ve got another great recipe that is simple, delicious, and nutritious out of the slow cooker.
A timed crockpot is best, but no need to worry if you don’t have one of those: just be sure to calculate how much time you need to run the crockpot. If you’re on the go, swing by the house and turn it on or have your kids or husband do it if they are home. Just prep it the night before. That way, your hungry athletes can grab it out of the fridge and turn it on.
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan
- Prep time: 5 mins
- Cook time: 6 hours
- Total time: 6 hours 5 mins
- 1 bag (26-32 oz) frozen fully cooked breaded chicken strips or nuggets (see NOTES)
- 8 oz sliced mozzarella cheese
- 1 can (28 oz) petit diced tomatoes
- 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil
- ¼ cup brown sugar (see NOTES)
- Spray the crock with non-stick spray.
- Mix all sauce ingredients in the crock pot. I used a 5 quart round crock pot.
- Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours, high 3-5 hours--add the chicken the last hour of cooking.
- Place slices of cheese on top about 15 minutes before you plan to serve.
- Omit the sugar if you like a tart sauce. I like a sweet sauce and ¼ cup brown sugar does it for me. If you prefer a less sweet sauce, use 2 tbs brown sugar.
- Don't use frozen chicken made from "chopped and formed" chicken. Make sure they are real, unprocessed chicken breast meat.
- You might want to consider using a liner when making this. I sprayed but still had hard baked-on food that only a Brillo pad would remove.
Here are a few quick modifications to make it extra healthy:
- Use organic ingredients including organic chicken breasts and sauce.
- For the breadcrumbs, throw some Ezekiel bread into the food processor and bread the chicken breasts yourself.
- Use organic or grass fed mozzarella cheese.
- Serve with gluten free, brown rice pasta or quinoa pasta
- A side salad always goes well with this dish! This is perhaps the easiest way to get your family their daily greens intake!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Founder of The Hockey Mommy
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Reference: Recipe from bakeatmidnite.com