This meal was wonderful. Let me just tell you, I am usually not a fan of zucchini. But when it’s added to tomato based dishes, I really enjoy it. This meal was chock full of yummy vegetables and smelled wonderful while it was cooking. For the chicken, I put in the whole pieces of chicken and then cut it up after it was all the way cooked. Our whole family raved about the recipe, although the more picky eaters did pick out the green chunks!
Marinara Chicken & VegetablesIngredients: 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 4 cloves garlic 1 can of diced tomatoes & green chiles 4 ribs celery, chopped 2 small zucchini, chopped (about 2 cups) 1 green pepper, chopped 2.5 cups of spaghetti sauce 1 t. basil bowtie noodles (or another version of your favorite)
- Chop Vegetables.
- Place all ingredients into slow cooker and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 4 hours.
- Cook noodles about 10 minutes before dinner.
- Shred chicken with a fork
- Mix cooked noodles with the chicken marina mixture
- Top with cheddar cheese and/or parmesan cheese.
If you’re planning to do this in the Freezer to Slow Cooker way, you’ll first chop the vegetables and then mix all of the ingredients into a freezer safe bag (except noodles). Be sure to label it. Freezing it flat takes up the least amount of room in your freezer. I thawed mine in the microwave long enough so that it would come out of the bag and then tossed it into the slow cooker. The chicken wasn’t all the way thawed at the beginning, but it still turned out wonderful.