Slow Cooker Chicken with Merlot Recipe

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This is a great recipe that is sure to warm up a cold winter’s night. I served this dish with pasta which reminded a lot of chicken and spaghetti, and because it is cooked in the slow cooker, it freed up a lot of time so I could get some early Christmas shopping done.

This Slow Cooker Chicken with Merlot Recipe is simple and requires very little prep time.

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Slow Cooker Chicken with Merlot Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 5 - 6
  • 1 package fresh mushrooms (8 ounces – sliced)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 ounces)
  • ¼ cup Merlot
  • 2 tablespoons instant tapioca
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • You choice of cooked pasta (I used spaghetti)
  1. Lightly spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Place onion, mushrooms, and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker and then place the chicken thighs on top.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the tomato paste, Merlot, tapioca, sugar, basil, salt, and pepper. Pour mixture over the chicken, cover, and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender.
  3. Serve over pasta sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Note: ¼ cup chicken broth can be used in place of the Merlot.


Chicken Marsala Pasta Recipe

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Marsala chicken is one of my favorite recipes so when I saw this Chicken Marsala Pasta Recipe, it looked really good, so I thought I would give it a try.

This is a simple recipe that doesn’t take all that much time to prepare. Most of the time involved is cooking the chicken, but if you pound it down it cooks quickly.

This would also be a great dish for a potluck or party.

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Chicken Marsala Pasta Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 ounces of fresh mushrooms (sliced) I used ports for this recipe
  • 1 medium sweet onion (diced)
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ¾ cups Marsala cooking wine
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Salt and pepper chicken on both sides. In a large skillet cook the chicken in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of butter until nicely browned and done (165F). Remove to a plate to cool. After cool enough to handle slice chicken into strips.
  2. Cook pasta according to pasta directions; drain, and stir in 3 tablespoons of butter, stirring until butter is melted, and then mix in ½ cup of parmesan cheese.
  3. In the now empty skillet using 1 tablespoon of butter cook the garlic, mushrooms and onion; until onion is tender. Stir in the Marsala wine, chicken broth, and cream. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook until sauce starts to thicken. Add the chicken strips to the skillet and continue cooking until chicken is heated through.
  4. Pour pasta into a large bowl and add in the chicken Marsala sauce mixture; salt and pepper to taste, and then toss until well combined.
  5. Serve hot with extra cheese if desired.


Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

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When I think of spaghetti I always think of the Italian recipes with the tomato sauce. It is like my son pointed out;  spaghetti is just the name of the pasta. For something different I decided on this Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Recipe. It’s a simple recipe, but it is time consuming because you have to precook the chicken. I guess in a way it kind of reminds me of a glorified macaroni and cheese dish. Cooking the spaghetti in the chicken broth left over from the chicken I think gives this recipe a little added extra, creating a rich and delicious flavor that melts in your mouth.  If you like pasta dishes- you will love this. Enjoy

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6
  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 -16 package thin spaghetti
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 3 (10½ ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1- 8 oz package of fresh mushrooms sliced
  • ½ lb shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ lb cubed Velveeta cheese
  1. In a large Dutch oven, fill ½ full with water; add salt and pepper if desired; add chicken breast halves.
  2. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat; simmer 1 hour or until chicken breasts are done.
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  4. Remove chicken breasts, reserving broth, and allow chicken to cool; chop chicken meat into bite-size pieces and set aside.
  5. Return chicken broth to a boil; add spaghetti noodles and cook to Al dente; drain and set aside.
  6. Sauté onion, mushrooms and green pepper in butter until tender.
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  8. Combine onion mixture, cream of chicken soup, mushrooms, Velveeta cheese and ½ of the Cheddar cheeses; mix well.
  9. Add spaghetti and chopped chicken; mix well.
  10. Pour into a lightly greased 13x9 inch baking dish.
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  12. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining Cheddar
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