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.