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Chicken with Artichoke and Tomato Bruschetta


 

This was not only one of the easiest dishes I have made in a while, but truly flavorful as well.  Everyone loved it.  Except my two youngest kids, but they have no sense of adventure, so don’t let that deter you from trying this.

This all began with my husband buying a jar of this and me wondering what to do with it;

And the easy part was throwing it all in the slow cooker and letting it just go all day. 

Get some boneless chicken breasts, salt and pepper them, and  brown them up in some olive oil on the stove.  I had four and I had to cut them in half because these breasts came from some Dolly Parton look-a-like hens.  They were HUGE.

Then place them into your pre-heated slow cooker.  If you add warm foods to a slow cooker it should be pre-heated.  If you are adding cold/room temperature foods to it, you don’t have to pre-heat.  Just a little fun fact.

In the same pan you just browned those chicken breasts in, you are going to add some chopped fresh garlic, white wine and chicken broth  Once you get it all heated up and all those browned bits scraped off the bottom of the pan, add in some chopped fresh basil (I only had dry on hand, but fresh would be better).  Pour that all over the chicken in the slow cooker.  Top with the Artichoke & Tomato Bruschetta.

Cover it up and cook on low for about 6 hours, or until the chicken is just about falling apart.  You should be able to break apart the chicken with a fork.  If you can, it’s done!

Just before serving, boil up a big pot of water, salt it well and throw in some spaghetti.  Or whatever pasta you like.  Cook it until just al dente.  There is nothing worse than mushy, overcooked pasta. 

I drained the pasta, tossed in some butter (you could also use olive oil) salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.  Then I removed the chicken and broke it up with some forks, threw that in with the pasta and poured the sauce  the top.  It was delicious.  Even my husband, who is not a big pasta eater loved it.  Super easy and delicious.

CHICKEN WITH ARTICHOKE AND TOMATO BRUSCHETTA:

Serves 6

  • 4 Large Boneless Chicken Breasts cut in half
  • 1/2 Cup Dry White Whine
  • 2 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 Clove Chopped Fresh Garlic
  • 6 Fresh Basil Leaves Chopped (or 1 tsp. dried)
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • Salt, Pepper and Parmesan Cheese to taste
  • 1 Cup Tomato/Artichoke Bruschetta
  • 1 Lb. Thin Spaghetti

Pre-heat your slow cooker on low.  Heat up your olive oil in a pan.  Salt and pepper the chicken breasts on both sides and add them to your pan.  Brown on both sides and add to the bottom of your slow cooker.

In the same pan you browned the chicken breasts in, add the wine, garlic, and chicken broth and heat it up, scraping up all those browned bits off the bottom of the pan.  Turn off the heat and add the basil. 

Pour this over the top of your chicken in the slow cooker.  Top the chicken with the Artichoke/Tomato Bruschetta, cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until the chicken is fork tender.

Just before serving, cook some thin spaghetti until just al dente.  Drain and add to a large serving bowl.  Add your butter, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese and toss to coat.  Remove chicken from the slow cooker, break up into bite sized pieces and add to pasta.  Pour the sauce over the top and serve.

Note:  If you don’t have any bruschetta, you can always whip up your own super quick.  Use a can of diced tomatoes, a can of quartered artichoke hearts (drained) some fresh chopped garlic, basil and olive oil.  Mix together and use that to top your chicken with.

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2 responses to “Chicken with Artichoke and Tomato Bruschetta

  1. Andrew February 12, 2010 at 12:15 AM

    Hi Aunt Pam!

    Can I get the Artichoke and Tomato Bruschetta at most grocery stores? This sounds really good.

    -Andrew

    • boredcook February 12, 2010 at 8:53 AM

      Hey! Honestly, I’ve never looked for burschetta before. I know the one I showed here was purchased and sold exclusively by Price Chopper, so if you have one near you that’s where you can get it. They normally sell it by the Bakery section near the Artisan breads. If not, I’m sure whatever store you have near you might have one. If not, you can always make a version of your own with some petite diced tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, onions, fresh basil and use some canned and quartered artichokes (not the ones in the marinade). Mix that all together and let it refrigerate overnight so all the flavors blend together. If you do go that route, make sure you squeeze all the liquid out of the canned artichokes before adding them in or else they will be too watery.

      Or I could be a nice Aunt and pick some of the bruschetta I used up for you and give it to you when I see you. Are you coming home anytime soon or not until Easter?

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