As the weather is beginning to heat up, I don’t like to crank on the oven – it gets hot here in the south where I live!
What I really want to do is to spend the day at the pool with my kiddos and come home to dinner made. And while this is NOT always my reality to be splashing about pool side, it is nice to have that option at times!
Regardless if you would like to beat the heat or just have the desire to come home to dinner done, I think we can all agree that one pot wonders that can be made via the slow cooker is a busy person’s saving grace! It allows us to feed our families real food and skip the take-out.
So let me introduce you to my latest one pot wonder, that happens to be about the easiest one I have created yet: Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Cacciatore.
This is genius in my book and here’s why:
- The meal is high protein, full of vegetables and full of flavor.
- It can be thrown together in minutes…
- And can even be made on the stove in less than 30 minutes if you forget to place it in the slow cooker!
I love it when a meal is so versatile!
So skip the take out, beat the heat, and serve up a hearty dinner that can be made faster than any drive-thru lane I have ever seen!
- 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
- 1¾ cups chicken stock
- ¼ cup dry white wine--or additional chicken stock
- 1 (16 oz) bag frozen pepper and onion strips
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 pound chicken breast, cut into 1" cubes
- Parmesan Cheese for serving
- For Slow Cooker: Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cover. Cook on low for 5-6 hours and high for 3-4 hours.
- For Stove-Top Method: Combine all ingredients in large pan/skillet, adding 1/ 2 cup additional water to recipe. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 20 minutes until quinoa is absorbed and chicken is cooked through.
- Serve with freshly grated Parmesan Cheese if desired.
Additional Recipe Notes
A few substitutions to accommodate what’s in your kitchen:
- You can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs in place of chicken breasts
- Sub out additional chicken stock for the white wine
- Feel free to use fresh peppers and onions–the frozen ones just cut your prep time down!
- Omit cheese for a dairy-free meal.
- quinoa: $2.48
- chicken stock: $0
- dry white wine (or additional chicken stock): $0
- frozen pepper and onion strips (or 1 yellow, 1 red, and 1 green pepper cut into strips and 1 onion, cut into strips): $1.20
- minced garlic $0.25
- tomato paste $0.99
- dried oregano: $0.03
- salt: $0.01
- black pepper: $0.01
- crushed red pepper flakes: $0.01
- chicken breast: $3.25
- Parmesan Cheese for serving
Total cost for Chicken Quinoa Cacciatore = $8.23
Tip: If you shop sales and buy in bulk, you can save even more – I got the price down to only $7.46!
Looking for additional quick, one pot meals? Check out these:
- Slow Cooker Minestrone
- Quinoa Jambalaya
- Vegetarian Lentil Chili
- Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili
- Crock Pot White Chicken Chili
- Slow Cooker Chicken Chili