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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Chicken and 7-a-day Mediterranean Vegetables

I thought I'd better make a recipe for my own blog challenge: The Slow Cooker Challenge.  The theme this month is 7-a-day Fruits or Vegetables.  Now it might be pushing it to get a full seven portions of fruit or vegetables onto one plate, but it isn't that difficult to add 7 fruits or vegetables to a single dish.

with 7 Vegetables

8 chicken thighs
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
8 mushrooms
7 small vine tomatoes
2 Aubergines (Eggplant)
3 large or 12 mini red, orange or yellow (bell) peppers
2 large courgettes (zucchini)
12  pitted black olives
2 tablespoons of pesto
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
small bunch of parsley

1. Brown the chicken pieces in a pan with a little oil, set aside.
2. Chop all the vegetables into even sized pieces and place them in the bottom of the slow cooker.
3. Mix the pesto and balsamic vinegar into the vegetables and top with the chicken pieces.
4. Cook on medium for 4 hours or on low for 7 hours.
5. Top with chopped parsley.
6. Serve with crusty bread to soak up the juices.

Join the April Slow Cooker Challenge

I'm also entering this recipe for Four Seasons Food Spring Challenge: Let's Celebrate Vegetables run by Delicieux and Eat Your Veg.
Fuss Free Flavours and Utterly Scrummy are also celebrating 7-a-day with their challenge Extra Veg.

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At 13 April 2014 at 09:26 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

What a LOVELY recipe and I love the addition of herbs in the concoction too! It also looks VERY colourful and that makes it more enticing to eat! I will try to add an entry to your slow cooker challenge this month, but I am away from home for 2 weeks, so I will have to make it soon! Karen

At 13 April 2014 at 09:49 , Blogger Camilla Hawkins said...

Ooh that looks really healthy and really tasty Janice:-) Did you use green or red pesto?

At 13 April 2014 at 12:34 , Anonymous London Unattached said...

you are making me wish I had a slow cooker!

At 13 April 2014 at 13:03 , Blogger belleau kitchen said...

oh good lord that looks stunning and i'm loving what you're doing with my chicken thighs... I'll have to add this one to the list.. those veg look divine and I bet all those chickeny juices were incredible. Very hungry now!

At 13 April 2014 at 13:26 , Blogger Christian Halfmann said...

It looks very delicious. I think eating colourful is a very good and healthy thing to do.

At 13 April 2014 at 13:26 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Karen, no worries if you can't, there's always another time.

At 13 April 2014 at 13:30 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Camilla, I used green pesto, but red would work just as well.

At 13 April 2014 at 13:31 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Ha ha! I'll convert you yet, Fiona.

At 13 April 2014 at 13:32 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Dom, those thighs were just so tender and you are right about the juices, that's what all the crusty bread was for, love mopping up cooking juices.

At 13 April 2014 at 15:16 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

I agree Chris, nice to get some spring and summer veggies into us!

At 13 April 2014 at 16:50 , Blogger Nayna Kanabar said...

What a lovely selection of veggies, would not mind them with some rice cooked in slow cooker.

At 13 April 2014 at 22:46 , Blogger Heidi Roberts said...

Those are some of my favourite vegetables and everything goes with chicken. Looks delicious.

At 14 April 2014 at 03:46 , Blogger Rebecca Subbiah said...

looks delicious and so healthy

At 14 April 2014 at 08:18 , Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Sounds delicious, and a great way to contribute to one's 7 a day :)

At 14 April 2014 at 09:50 , Blogger Sylvia F. said...

Looks super delicious! I love dishes with loads of veggies with sauce it always smells so great!

At 14 April 2014 at 15:38 , Blogger GG said...

Oooh, this looks fab! A wonderful array of sweet and tasty veg. GG

At 14 April 2014 at 16:43 , Blogger Choclette said...

Take out that chicken and I would be tucking into that with gusto Janice, so just as well the chicken is there ;-)

At 14 April 2014 at 22:15 , Blogger Nazima Pathan said...

looks amazing Janice and I would love this as a weekend slow cook and use the remainders in the rest of the week. I am sure this must smell as good as it tastes!

At 15 April 2014 at 16:21 , Anonymous Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry said...

I need to do more things with my slow cooker. So much to do and so little time.


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