Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Socialslave's Poco Loco
Poco Loco roughly translates into “crazy chicken”. This is another crazy easy, good for you, fix ahead, crock pot dinner!
Chicken breasts (3 piece pkg of boneless, skinless)
1 23.5oz jar spaghetti sauce
2 14.5oz cans diced tomatoes, drained
2 med zucchini cut in chunks.
½ cup chopped onions
4 cloves garlic minced
½ pkg of pasta (this is usually served on regular spaghetti, but any will do!)
grated Parmesan cheese to top.
Please note that any time you are going to cook chicken, it will always taste better if on the night before, you take it out of the package, rinse in cold water and put in a plastic zipper bag with enough low fat buttermilk to cover, and let it rest in refrigerator overnight! Just get into the habit!
Take out the crock pot, rinse it out and dry. The spray with cooking spray and let it heat up with the lid on it.
Spray a large skillet and heat over medium high heat. Take out the chicken, rinse again and pat dry with a paper towel, sprinkle with kosher salt and any pepper you prefer. Then add to skillet. You only want to brown the outside, not cook, so expect about 4 minutes per side.
Chop the onion. Peel the garlic and chop while the chicken caramelizes.
Pour just enough of the sauce into the crock pot to cover the bottom. This gives a coating for the chicken to cook on.
When chicken is ready, lay the pieces in, sprinkle with the minced garlic. Then add the onion and the drained diced tomatoes. Cover with the rest of the sauce. Do NOT do anything with the zucchini yet!
Let the crock pot cook on low for about 7 hours.
At that time, wash and cut the zucchini ends off, then cut lengthwise. Cut each half in about ½ inch slices. Yes, you do not have to peel this. It gives a great touch of color! Put this in the crock pot. This will only take about 15 to 20 minutes to cook. Do not put it in earlier because overcooked zucchini is not pretty!
Heat the water to cook the pasta according to box instructions. It will reach boiling faster if you heat with a lid on the pot. When it does boil add the pasta. When it returns to a boil set your time. But use the smallest amount of time mentioned, really it is enough!
Remove the chicken carefully, it will be so tender it will fall apart. This is good because you want to cut it into smaller pieces to serve.
Now if you wish, warm up some bread and serve this on a bed of the pasta. Also nice with some grated Parmesan to sprinkle on top.
If you prefer, say if you fixed spaghetti: Picture a platter of that with this sauce dipped generously over that. Then lay out the three filets of chicken and sprinkle Parmesan over it all.
Even simpler version:
In the morning, rinse off chicken, put it in the crock pot, cover with a spaghetti sauce. Set it on low and off you go! When home: cut and add your zucchini and cook the pasta.
This is not as “nice” but still very tasty and crazy simple!
This easy recipe is not an attempt to slack off on its duty to serve in the least. It only allows for slave to serve smarter and in other ways. For service in itself is such a joy.
To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
Please buy slave's cookbook:
The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F315Y4I/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_vAT4sb0934RTM via @amazon
Posted by socialslave at 4:01 PM