Sunday, March 4, 2012

Balsamic Chicken in a Slow Cooker

This is one of the first recipes I made when I started this blog last November. However, that was before I was taking the time to post photos and full descriptions. I went back to make it again and discovered that the original website that I got it from no longer exists! So, here's a full post with the ingredients I use and steps for how I make it. It's a really good, healthy meal that's super easy and uses stuff I always have on hand. 

The Ingredients:
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans of stewed tomatoes 
  • Spaghetti pasta
The Steps:
  1. Put chicken, olive oil, salt, and pepper in crock pot. 
  2. Top with sliced onion and minced garlic.
  3. Sprinkle in italian seasoning, parsley, and basil.
  4. Pour in balsamic vinegar.
  5. Top with stewed tomatoes.
  6. Turn crock pot on high for 4 hours.
  7. When ready to eat, boil pasta according to box directions.

The Photos:

Chicken, olive oil, and pepper. (I used frozen chicken, which worked just fine!)

Add onions and garlic.

The dried herbs.

Sprinkle them on top.

1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar.

Pour vinegar on top.

Two cans of stewed tomatoes. I much prefer these to canned diced tomatoes, for some reason.

Pour them on top, add lid to slow cooker, and turn on high for 4 hours.

Here's what it looks like after the 4 hours.

Here's the chicken that was hiding underneath those tomatoes!

I cooked some spaghetti pasta and served the chicken and tomatoes on top.

I served it with a side of my frozen cheesy garlic bread. Delightful!


  1. I'm going to have to try this -- I'm always looking for quick crockpot meals for those rough work weeks. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. No problem - I hope you guys like it too! My mom tried it today using two cans of tomato soup instead of canned tomatoes, and ate it as a soup. She loved it!

  2. Hey Jacki,
    I am trying out this recipe. Do you think throwing in a vegetable would work? If so, what would you recommend?

    1. Sure! I think a green bell pepper would be great, and would add some more color to the dish. Let me know what you think!