Sunday 25 November 2018

Recipe - Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken with Sage

Teena and I have quite a few cookbooks which we are starting to go through again, including many using crockpots or slow cookers. Today I am making a recipe from the 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes cookbook.

So what is the Paleo Diet? This diet, also known as the Caveman Diet, is based on the diet eaten by hunters and gatherers of ancient times. This means meats such as poultry, beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, eggs and vegetables. There is no dairy, bread, grains, butter, sugar, cheese or legumes.

We are not on this diet but this recipe looked tasty. Here is what is needed:

3 lbs (1.5kg) -         skinless chicken breasts, bone in (we used boneless)
2 cups -                  dry robust red wine (did hunters back then have wine?)
1/2 cup -                 fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried sage. Try for the fresh!
3 -                           shallots
2 cloves -                garlic
1/2 tsp -                  salt
1/2 tsp -                  fresh ground peppercorns
2 tbsp  -                  vegetable oil

Arrange chicken around the bottom of a small crockpot.

Heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook till they become translucent. This takes about 2 minutes. Add garlic, salt, pepper, and sage. stir for a minute. Add wine and allow to boil while stirring for about 5 minutes to reduce by liquid by a third.

Pour over chicken.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

The book says this is an Italian version of coq au vin and to serve with vegetables. That would be the Paleo way. Coq au vin is made using rice so this can be served with it on the side. As this is an Italian dish, we served it over pasta.

The dish came out good but not great. It seemed to need more spice, maybe a little more kick. It's worth making again but next time I would find some more spices to add and, though it's not a Paleo method, would add flour to thicken the sauce.

We both liked but didn't love it.

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