Chicken Cacciatore

The other week Rachel decided to experiment with this and made it in the crock pot.  She wasn’t sure how it would turn out but it was really good.

What you need is:

Chicken:  Boneless and skinless would be the best, but she made it with legs and thighs
Spaghetti Sauce:  You can use any jar of sauce that you like.
Green Peppers:  Cube into pieces
Mushrooms:  Fresh mushrooms would be the best but you can use canned if you want
Onion:  Finely dice or chop the onion
Garlic:  About 2 Tablespoons but you can add to taste.

This is really simple.  Just add the chicken to the crock pot.  Then pour in the sauce.  Then add the green peppers, mushrooms, onions, and garlic to the top.

Cook on low for 7-8 hours.

Then serve over rice or spaghetti, with garlic bread and a salad.

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Hearty Corn Chowder with Shrimp

Now that fall is here and the days are getting shorter and cooler, here is a great dinner idea.  Nothing taste better on a cool day then nice hot homemade soup.  One of my favorite soups is Corn Chowder. 

What you need to make this:

4 cups chicken broth (I use the low sodium)

2 16oz bags of frozen corn (I use fresh corn if I can get it)

1 large onion, chop finely

1 red bell pepper, diced

2 carrots, cut into small rounds

2 large potatoes, dice

Salt & Pepper (to taste)

2 lb medium shrimp, (peel and devein)

1/2 cup heavy cream (you can eliminate if you want, but won’t be as creamy)

1/4 c fresh parsley (chop)

In a large soup pot combine the chicken broth, corn, onion, bell pepper, carrots, potatoes, 1 c water, salt and pepper.  Cook on low until the veggies are tender.  (You can also put this in a slow cooker, crock pot) if you don’t want to have to worry about watching it and staying home.

About 15 minutes before your ready to serve it add the shrimp and heavy cream.  Let cook for about 10-15 mins or until the shirmp are pink and firm.

Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

If you want you can double this recipe and make extra to freeze it.  Then you always have nice fresh homemade soup on hand.

Enjoy and let me know what you think and how you like it.