There are not many meals as easy to put together as slow cooked meals, which is exactly why I love my slow cooker. You throw everything in and “patiently” wait for it to be ready. Slow cookers are really cheap to buy too and they can actually save money, as you can buy cheaper cuts of meat and the slow cooker will make it nice and tender.
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This slow cooker recipe is kind of your basic chicken in a slow cooker, but it is full of Mediterranean flavour. I never used to be a big fan of fruit in savoury food (apart from tomato of course), but as time has gone on and my cooking has become more experimental, I now realise that fruit definitely has a place in savoury cooking, which is exactly with dried apricots are the star of this dish.
It is a good meal just on its own, but if you want something a bit heartier, then serve it on top of some couscous or cauliflower rice. Some nice additional toppings are flaked almonds and of course, feta.
Excuse the photos of it uncooked in the slow cooker, but I am posting this recipe whilst it is still cooking. It won’t be ready until tonight, when it will be too dark to photograph. I know, the problems of a food blogger! Don’t worry, I have made this before, I am not just sharing it with you all before I have even tasted it myself.
Ingredients – Serves 4:
– 4 chicken breasts
– 1 can (400g) white beans
– Zest and juice of one orange
– Zest and juice of one lemon
– 1 onion, diced
– 1 aubergine (eggplant), diced
– 1 red pepper, diced
– 2 garlic cloves, crushed
– 1 tbsp ground ginger
– 1 tbsp smoked paprika
– 4 tbsp chopped coriander (cilantro)
– 1 tbsp turmeric
– 1 tsp chopped red chilli (or less if you like less spicy)
– 8 dried apricots, diced
– 250ml/1 cup chicken stock
– 1 tin chopped tomatoes
– A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
1) Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
Nutritional Information – per person:
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