Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Crockpot Zucchini Chicken Parmesan

During the Holiday season, I try to cook as little as possible. I want to leave all my kitchen time for making cookies. That I might not make this year. It's hard for me to avoid eating the cookies. And everyone loved the rainbow sprinkle cookie and I need to find like 7 pounds of sprinkles.

So a new crockpot dish I recently discovered is this one. And it's delicious. It came out a little more like a soup, but it works really well in the crockpot, sans the cooking of the noodles in a separate pot. It's also 21 Day Fix Friendly! 

Crockpot Zucchini Chicken Parmesan

  • 1 1/2 pounds (about 4) chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 large zucchini, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoon oregano seasoning
  • 15 ounces cups pasta or pizza sauce (or tomato sauce)
For after cooking:
  • 24-30 ounces marinara sauce
  • 16-ounce box of pasta (I used Mezzi Rigatoni), cooked to al dente
  • 1 cup low fat shredded cheese (mozzarella or Parmesan)
  1. Spray your slow cooker with non-stick spray. Line your crockpot with a crockpot liner. Combine first 10 ingredients and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on high for about 3-4 hours or low for about 6-8 (or until chicken is cooked through). 
  3. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, add cooked pasta, marinara sauce, cheese and stir well.
  4. Split into 6 servings. I added some extra cheese.
21 Day Fix Count: 1 Red, 2 Green, 1.5 Yellows, and 0.5 Blue

Get crockpot liners. They are lifesavers. They are made with a special heat resistant material that holds in even the heartiest ingredients without breaking or puncturing. -Reynolds. And they aren't kidding. And when you are done, you throw away the liner. And then your crockpot requires a quick scrub, no overnight or two-day soaking. They are perfect for potlucks. Tip - I still spray the inside of my crockpot with non-stick spray before putting down the liner. Just in case. 

Use whole wheat noodles instead of white. Any type of pasta would work. I liked the larger noodles. You won't be able to tell the noodle color once the pasta cooks in. 

Add extra veggies if you want. Mushrooms are great, or another pepper. Adjust the 21DF count accordingly. 

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