Italian-Style Chicken Stew
Coat slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.Advertisement
Place chicken thighs in slow cooker and season with Italian seasoning, garlic salt and black pepper. Scatter onion over chicken. Stir together tomatoes, broth and tapioca; pour over onions.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 1/2 hours or LOW for 7 1/2 hours. Stir in beans and olives and cook an additional 30 minutes. Remove bones.
To serve, stir in basil and spoon over biscuits.
Chicken Mole Soft Tacos
Replace Italian seasoning and black pepper with 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tsp chipotle chile powder and 1/2 tsp each ground cumin and cinnamon. Substitute 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans for cannellini beans. Eliminate olives and basil. Serve with 6 flour tortillas and Spanish rice, if desired.
Sweet & Tangy Chicken
Substitute Italian seasoning, garlic salt and black pepper with 1/2 tsp ground ginger and 1/4 tsp allspice. Add 1 large chopped green pepper, 1 can (8 ounces) drained pineapple chunks, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce and 1 tbsp sugar when adding onion. Eliminate olives and basil. Serve over cooked angel hair pasta.
Easiest-Ever Coq au Vin
Replace Italian seasoning with herbes de Provence and sliced onion with 2 cups thawed frozen pearl onions. Eliminate diced tomatoes, tapioca, beans, olives and basil. Substitute with 1 cup dry red wine and 2 tbsp tomato paste. Add 2 cups quartered white mushrooms and 2 large chopped carrots when adding onions. Serve over cooked egg noodles.
Replace Italian seasoning and black pepper with 3 tsp curry powder and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. Add 1 lb peeled potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, when adding onion. Substitute 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas for cannellini beans. Eliminate olives and basil. Serve with cooked basmati rice and naan, if desired. Make it kid-friendly by reducing cayenne to a pinch.