Balsamic Chicken in the Slow Cooker

I know, I know.
I use my slow cooker all the time.
But it’s awesome.
I can throw together dinner when I have a few minutes during the day
and then in the afternoons I get my Monkey from
the bus stop, help with homework,
and we can go out and play or finish up
some chores before dinner and I am not trapped in the kitchen
or rushing to get something done in time to leave for whatever that evenings activity might be.
It is seriously one of my best friends these days.
But you cant eat soups and stews and one pot wonders every night, That would be super boring
So this recipe cooks with the ease of the slow cookers help but tastes like a Sunday dinner.
Win, Win.
It is incredibly easy.
Grab some spices you should already have on hand from the pantry
(onion powder, garlic powder, basil, salt and pepper) and mix a little spice blend in a little bowl.
coats all sides of your chicken with the spices and set it aside while you prep the cooker.
Pour 1 TBS of extra virgin olive oil into the cooker and try to spread it around to coat the bottom surface and then sprinkle about 4 cloves of minced garlic around.
Place the chicken on top of the garlic like so:
 Then pour about 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar on top of the chicken,
close it up and turn it on.
Let this cook for about 4 hours on high (6-8 on low)
and when you open it up you have this tasty, moist and very flavorful chicken dish.
I made it extra easy and set my rice cooker on delay with
some brown rice so all we had to do at dinner time was scoop out
some rice and place a piece of chicken on top.
If you have some fresh parsley, snip some up and throw it on top for
some garnish to serve.


This meal got a 2 thumbs up from my family who were too busy
eating to actually use words to tell me whether they liked it or not
but judging by the clean plates and disappearing leftovers
I’m guessing they enjoyed it as much as I did.
~eat well, be well
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder 
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
4 cloves of minced garlic 
1 Tbsp EV olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
fresh chopped parsleyfor garnish
Combine the  spices in a small bowl and then coat the chicken with it on all sides
Pour olive oil into the bottom of the crock pot and spread around then add the minced garlic.
Place the seasoned chicken pieces on top of the garlic and then
Pour the balsamic vinegar over the top.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.

And then garnish with fresh parsley to serve.


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