Country Chicken for a Crowd

Lots of people come and go from our house.  We love to entertain!  Here’s a recipe for slow cooked Italian Country Chicken that is affordable, easy to prepare, and is made  in advance so you can enjoy your company.  Fairly healthy, this meal is always a crowd pleaser.  If you’ve stocked up on sale items like chicken and bacon, this entire menu can be made for less than $30 (about $1.50/person).  Serves about 20.

I serve slow-cooked Italian Country Chicken with crusty bread and a salad made of mixed greens, some type of fruit (pears, apples, figs, cranberries, or a combo of any), some type of nut (walnuts, almonds, pecans), some type of  cheese (blue, gorgonzola, stelton, feta, goat’s), red onion, and a vinaigrette.  The tender chicken in this dish falls apart and the flavors become complex when you add olives, fresh parsley, and crumbled bacon at the end.

Here’s how to do it:


Italian Country Chicken

Brown 2 pounds of chopped bacon, one pound at a time, in a heavy pot.  Remove bacon and set aside.  Drain about 1/2 the fat out of the pot.

In remaining bacon drippings, brown 8-10 chicken breasts on both sides.  No need to cook through.  Remove chicken to slow cooker.

Drain off all but 3 tablespoons of bacon grease.  Saute 4 chopped onions till soft.

Add 8-10 cloves of chopped garlic, a tablespoon or two of dried oregano, salt & pepper, and saute one more minute.

Add 1-2 cups of white wine depending on your tastes (or skip this all together), 2 28-oz cans of crushed tomatoes, and 1 14-oz can of chicken broth.  Stir.  Pour over chicken in slow cooker.

Slow cook for 8 hours or so.  Serve over pasta and top with a few handfuls of chopped parsley, chopped green and black olives (the good kind if you have them), and the reserved crumbled bacon.

 

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About Michele

Michele, wife of 18 years to Robert (affectionately known as The Excellent Husband), and mother of three wonderful children, desires to encourage women to recognize their worth that is far above rubies. She serves her Savior, homeschools, gardens, spends time outdoors, cooks and bakes from scratch, knits, sews, and enjoys anything related to family. And now she carries around a little book in her pocket where she scratches notes on what to blog about.

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