Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Garlic Chicken with Cannellini Beans Soup

Here's another one to add to your crock pot files. A tad bit more involved than the usual 'throw it in the pot and see what happens', but well worth it. The additional step includes browning the chicken prior to adding it to your slow cooker.  You also should de-bone the chicken and clean out the fat just prior to the end. This is a hearty soup and a great fall food - enjoy!

Garlic Chicken with Cannellini Beans Soup
4 chicken thighs and 4 drumsticks
2 TBSP olive oil (for browning)
1/2 TSP of salt
1/2 TSP of pepper
1 medium garlic clove, separated and peeled
1 can 32 oz. diced tomatoes
1 cup of chicken broth
2 cans of Cannellini beans(15 oz  each), drained and rinsed
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
Basil and grated Parmesan cheese for garnish 

Heat olive oil in a medium pan. Salt and pepper the chicken, then brown.Add all ingredients and browned chicken to crock pot and cook on low for 7-8 hours. Prior to completion, check chicken to endure the insides are fully cooked. Remove and skin; discard. Serve with crescent rolls or crusty Italian bread. Garnish with a pinch of basil and grated Parmesan cheese.

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