This recipe takes the traditional Italian Chicken Cacciatore, and kicks it up a bit adding fun and spice. The prep can be done the night before, and refrigerated in your crock pot. Just add the chicken the next morning, and start cooking. Since school will be starting again soon, and this dish freezes so well, it may be a good idea to make extra to have for a busy weekday dinner.
6 garlic cloves, minced
4 bell peppers, chopped (mixed colors if available)
1 Vidalia (or other sweet) onion, chopped
1 jalepeno, chopped finely
1 1/2 cups pitted olives, halved
Pinch of Sage (about 1/2 tsp.)
Basil and Thyme (about 1 tsp.)
1 crushed bay leaf
1 (8-oz.) package sliced cremini mushrooms
1 tablespoon salt (sea salt is preferred)
1 teaspoon dried and crushed chili pepper
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup white wine (Cooking wine works well)
2 1/2 lbs. diced tomatoes, drained
3 lbs. skinless bone-in chicken breasts
1 (16-oz.) box spaghetti or linguini
Garnishes: fresh basil, fresh parsley, shaved fresh Parmesan cheese
1. Place first set of ingredients in a 6-qt. slow cooker; stir in salt, crushed chili pepper, and black pepper. Whisk together tomato paste and wine, and add to slow cooker. Add drained tomatoes and chicken. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours.
2. Uncover and carefully remove chicken from slow cooker, using tongs. Increase slow cooker temperature to HIGH. Cover and cook tomato mixture 30 more minutes or until sauce thickens to desired consistency.
3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Remove chicken meat from bones; discard bones. Shred meat. Stir chicken back into sauce. Garnish with Parmesan Cheese and fresh herbs. Serve immediately over spaghetti.
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An 1840’s General Store situated on our property, is used as our on site Farmer’s Market. The old General Store was once the central hub for a railroad community, and served many important roles in the community of Goggans, even a United States Post Office until the 1960’s. It later served a new and bigger community purpose, inspiring our Farmers Market To You program to be born. This building is registered as a Historical site, and is adjacent to the old “Doctor’s Building”, which is rumored to have served as a Courthouse, among other things. The history on our property, rich with farming and community purpose, inspired us to serve our community in a new and exciting way.
We, both David and I, have always had a passion for growing flowers and plants, rooted from wonderful Grandmothers’ teachings. We, like everyone, began to make a more conscience effort to eat healthy and naturally grown fresh food. Since we have 80 acres, we began by adding a “small” acre and a half vegetable garden. When people began driving an hour or two, just to buy our tomatoes and cucumbers, we realized there was a real need in many communities for families like ours….and Farmers Market To You was born. We have been blessed to expand in to several of our neighboring communities, with our Farmers Market To You Market Basket program…and touch and reach families along the way. We donate food and cash to needy families, food ministries, PTA’s, churches and other vital community service organizations in each of the communities we serve.
This recipe, blog post and photos by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.