After parties and get-togethers, we are left with tons of extra food that we don’t know what to do with sometimes.
We like to have olives and small veggies, like grape tomatoes, that are easy to grab and go when it comes to finger foods at parties. But after the celebration is over, we get tired of eating all the “finger foods” so that is when I have to get creative to incorporate the different foods before they spoil.
The following recipe is how I incorporated our extras into an easy and savory dish:
Spicy Chicken and Olives Crock Pot Recipe
- 4 frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups of halved grape tomatoes
- 1 white onion cut in wedges
- ¾ cup chopped mixed Greek olives
- 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons of rosemary
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups unsalted chicken stock
Place onion wedges and half of the tomatoes (1 cup) in crock pot.
Place frozen chicken breasts on top of onions and tomatoes.
Pour in chicken stock and remaining ingredients and spices.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 8 hours.
Serve over your desired grain and enjoy!
We served this dish over basmati rice and it was like having a simple version of chicken fricassee that still harnessed all the yummy flavors.
Tip: You may use dark meat, but it is best to use boneless, skinless chicken in the crock pot because the meat falls apart and it may cause small bones to get mixed in the sauce.
The first time I made the recipe with chicken leg quarters because it was what we had on hand and I had to be very careful taking it out and consuming it afterwards; still very yummy though 😉 Served it over couscous and paired it with roasted asparagus.
Olives are rich in healthy fats and Vitamin E, which are good for the heart and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
According to a research study from Ohio State University, the absorption of lycopene in tomatoes is increased by 2-15 times when combined with healthy fats (like olives) and subjected to high heat.
Fun Fact: “In India, rice is the first meal that a wife serves to her husband after their marriage, but it is also the first food given to newborn babies, as it’s considered auspicious for future prosperity.”
Think you will give this “set it and forget it” recipe a try? What side dish would you have it with?