EASY Crockpot Balsamic Chicken...very delicious!
For people who love to slow cook and use crock pots, this is an absolutely unique dish you must try. The best part is all you have to do is throw everything in, and let the slow cooker do the work for you. A friend of mine gave me a similar recipe to this, and I decided to change it up by adding a few of my own ideal ingredients, such as the cocktail onions...which work very very well. These little onions absorbed all the flavors of the chicken and spices and became a lovely and juicy addition. My original worry when it came to cooking chicken in Balsamic vinegar was that it would turn the chicken rubbery, as it sometimes does in certain marinades...but it didn't at all! The meat fell apart so nicely, and the potent part of the vinegar disappeared by the time was done, and left it as a very hearty and succulent chicken dish. The pinto beans I decided to throw in as well to make it different, and they blended in beautifully. Not only did this make enough food to feed about 6-8 people, it's also a relatively healthy and protein filled main course. Enjoy! :)
- 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
- 1 Teaspoon Italian Seaoning
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 2 Teaspoons Dried Onion Powder, (Or onion dip mix)
- 3/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 Cans Pinto Beans
- 2 Small Jars Cocktail Onions
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 4 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
- 8 Chicken Breasts, Boneless, Skinless
- Parsley For Garnish, Optional
- In a small bowl, mix the basil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and dried onion. Coat the chicken breasts in this dry mixture and put aside.
- Put the olive oil and minced garlic in the bottom of the crock pot.
- Add the chicken into the crock pot on top of the oil and garlic, and the pour the Balsamic Vinegar over it.
- Throw in the two cans of pinto beans and cocktail onions.
- Cook until the chicken falls apart. You can either cook it on high in 4 hours, or on low for 8 hours....whichever is more convenient for your schedule. Enjoy!
* A good alternative to the pinto beans would be noodles, couscous, or even a mixture of additional vegetables such as mushrooms, collard greens and carrots.
* Tastes great served over rice!
* If you are a fan of cilantro, this would be great to add it in during the last hour of being cooked.
* Add some hot sauce to spice it up!
* Makes fantastic left overs for the next day!