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Slow cooker makes for a tender chicken dish

Our Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is simple to make, and requires little prep work; the cooking time is long, so don't start it too late in the day. For a side, try creamy, rich Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes.

Our Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is simple to make, and requires little prep work; the cooking time is long, so don't start it too late in the day. For a side, try creamy, rich Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes.

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN CACCIATORE

8 skinless chicken thighs

1 jar (700 mL) tomato-based pasta sauce

2 cups (500 mL) sliced fresh mushrooms

1/2 cup (125 mL) dry white wine

1 medium onion, sliced

1 red bell pepper, sliced

1 green bell pepper, sliced

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tsp (5 mL) basil, crumbled

1 tsp (5 mL) oregano, crumbled

2 tbsp (25 mL) flour

1/4 cup (50 mL) water

Combine first 10 ingredients (chicken through oregano) in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 6 - 7 hours or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender. Increase to high heat setting. Whisk together flour and water until smooth. Stir into cacciatore. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until cacciatore is thickened. Serves 4.

SLOW COOKER SCALLOPED POTATOES

1/4 cup (50 mL) butter

1 cup (250 mL) finely chopped onion

1/4 cup (50 mL) flour

1 tsp (5 mL) salt

1/4 tsp (1 mL) dry mustard

1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) cayenne pepper

Dash freshly ground nutmeg

2 cups (500 mL) homo milk

8 cups (2 L) thinly sliced peeled red potatoes

1/2 cup (125 mL) shredded cheddar cheese

Paprika

To prepare sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes. Stir in next 5 ingredients (flour through nutmeg) and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in milk; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Place potatoes in a slow cooker. Pour sauce over potatoes and gently stir to coat potatoes with sauce. Cover and cook on high heat setting for 3 - 4 hours or until potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with cheese and dust with paprika. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serves 8 - 10.

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