This week's new recipe was for Mediterranean Chicken and Rice made in a slow cooker. I will rate the prep-time for this recipe as medium (prep-time meaning the amount of time it takes to prepare and throw everything into the pot). There isn't much you can do with this the night before, so everything will need to be assembled in the morning. It turned out good, tasted very Italian, and was a bit too oily. I will have to skim the oil off the top next time before stirring it.
Mediterranean Chicken and Rice
1 to 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 cup wild rice blend
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup capers, drained
10 cloves garlic, smashed
2 cups water
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
First, wipe down the inside of the slow cooker pot to get any dust off of it. Then spray it with olive oil cooking spray. (This isn't 100% necessary, but is a good idea in general to make the cleaning process easier!)
Lightly pound the chicken so that all pieces have an even thickness. Apply salt and pepper to the chicken, to taste. (Don't literally taste it at this point. That's just unhealthy.)
Once seasoned, place the chicken into the slow cooker.
Add the rice, sun-dried tomatoes, and capers. (I used a wild and brown rice blend. As seems typical with the wild rice, some of it didn't cook at all.)
Smash the garlic. (Smashing garlic means to dice it and then smush it with the side of a knife. I did not know this during my prep. Tossing in crushed whole garlic cloves also works fine, but most likely results in a weaker garlic flavor.)
Mix the ingredients up a bit.
In a bowl, stir together the water, lemon juice, and oil.
Pour the liquid over the chicken and rice mixture. Stir slightly to cover ensure the chicken is covered.
Cover with the lid and cook on low for 8 hours. Do not remove the lid. If you are curious about what's happening inside of the pot, use the flashlight on your cell phone to peek in.
After 8 hours, it should look something like this. (Feel free to check it with a meat thermometer at this point.)
Stir the ingredients together and then put some on a plate. (Recommendation: Skim off some of the oil before stirring things up.)
Recipe modified from the Crock Pot Chicken Cookbook. In case anyone was wondering, you cannot copyright a list of ingredients, only the directions.