This slow cooker Italian Chicken Marinara stew is insanely healthy, remarkably delicious, gluten free, and Whole 30 approved, plus it is perfect for meal prep and freezes like a dream. Get the recipe, and check out my week-end thoughts and updates at the end of the post.
I’m going to jump right in to the recipe, so that we can all start drooling and figuring out if we have everything we need to make this Chicken Marinara Stew!
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Marinara Stew (Gluten Free, Whole 30)
I’ll be the first to admit that when I have pasta, I don’t want pasta: I want everything BUT the pasta. My dream Italian meal? A giant bowl of pomodoro sauce filled with veggies and chicken or seafood (Frutti di Mare?? UM YES). You can keep your ravioli, spaghetti, and rigatoni. Give me zoodles and red sauce, and a fresh piece of foccacia.
I created this recipe with that sentiment in mind (no pasta is required here, but I did serve it over sweet potato noodles the first time we had it) plus a little inspiration from a friend (Megan’s Crockpot Italian Chicken and Peppers). The marriage of the two plus making my own marinara created a fantastic love child!
And I must insist that you let this Chicken Marinara stew sit overnight. Because you are essentially making your own marinara sauce, the stew really benefits from that time to let the flavors meld. If you are using a pre-made marinara, you could probably eat it straightaway, and it would be just right!
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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Marinara Stew (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
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This slow cooker chicken marinara stew is the perfect healthy dinner and perfect for meal prep! Gluten free, dairy free, high protein, Whole 30 approved, and HUGE in flavor.
- 1 lb boneless chicken breasts
- 4 cans no salt added diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatos
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced or diced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced or diced
- 1 white onion, sliced or diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced OR 2-3 TBSP Garlic powder, divided
- 1/4 cup chopped or jullienned sun dried tomatoes
- 3 Tbsp Italian Seasoning (or 1 tsp each rosemary, thyme and 2 tsp each oregano, basil)
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 2 tsp each red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp cracked black pepper
- 8 oz red wine (not Whole 30)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- Layer all ingredients into slow cooker or crock pot, starting with veggies and balsamic (and optional olive oil) at the bottom, then chicken, then herbs and salt and sun dried tomatoes, then tomatoes and optional red wine. Cook on low 4 hours, stir and break up any chunks, then finish for additional 30 min to 1 hour. For best taste let sit overnight.
- ALTERNATE METHOD (updated 3/5/17)
- Cook tomatoes, herbs (reserve 1 tsp garlic powder), and balsamic for 1 hour on high, then add remaining ingredients (save chicken) and stir. Add chicken and cover with tomato mixture. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours, stir and break up chicken, finish for additional 30 minutes to 1 hour on low or no heat.
Serve alone or over top of your favorite pasta or spiralized vegetable!
For an extra protein and creaminess kick, add Greek yogurt before serving.
* Replace with favorite marinara sauce if doing that option
Closing out the Week
Well, it has been quite a week indeed. Get caught up on the comings and goings:
- Friends, Beer, Eggs, and Emotions (Egg Retrieval Weekend)
- How In Vitro Fertilization Works Part 2 (IVF -> Pregnancy)
- Optimized Performance Through Mobility
- Yoshi is in Play (Embryo Transfer) and More from the IVF Trail
I successfully laid low yesterday. Well, my version of laying low. Most exciting part of my day yesterday was heading downtown to meet up with Kim for a snack! Of course, we talked all things running, and it was just so lovely to get to meet her in person. I wish I was running with her, Wendy, and Marcia on Saturday, but we know that is off limits. No picture, mostly because I suck and I fail whale at those types of things.
Nothing much else too exciting to report, otherwise. I think that Alex and I are going to watch us some Sherlock this weekend (I know you all said that I should watch it while on couch arrest, but I’m not allowed to watch it without Alex…). It is supposed to rain on and off all weekend, so mostly I’ll be inside, eating. And trying not to move. Because I am so good at that.
BIGGEST THANK YOU EVER
This whole IVF process is rather surreal; IVF takes what is often a rather organic and natural process and puts it on a (rather public) schedule. I decided to be open and forthright about the whole shebang because I knew that I selfishly needed to be; that is who I am, and I just couldn’t be myself otherwise.
But it is also a tenuous position.
Ultimately, my goal in sharing my IVF story is not to win any favors or fans, but rather to expose the ins and outs of what is becoming an increasingly prevalent infertility option. Rest assured, this is not going to become a permanently IVF-focused blog. But right now, IVF is my story, my reality, and I need this space to help me make sense of it all.IVF is not her future, but right now, it is her reality #infertility #IVF Click To Tweet
I know I say this so often, and I think that is pretty telling, but thank you, so much, from the bottom of my heart, for your love and support. I cannot express how much it means to me.
GO YOSHI GO
I would also like to say thank you to the Obamas. Regardless of your feelings re: their administration, they were bastions of grace, style, civility, and class. True role models.
Have a fabulous weekend, my friends.
Pasta or the sauce?
What are you up to this weekend?