Crockpot Chicken Goulash

Crockpot Chicken Goulash

Out here where we make our living on a farm we won't let die, work days last as long as I do
– Dana Wildsmith, poet

For gardeners here in Zone 6, flower beds and vegetable plots cry out for early-spring attention.

In a good year, the fall clean-up got done before December’s snow. If not, well, so be it, it and the spring work can be done together.

Soon there’ll be no keeping up with the new grass, just as already it’s impossible to keep up with gumballs that collect in thorny carpets along the edge of driveway.

It’s too early to plant though thankfully, for gardeners whose fingers long for dirt, not too early to transplant perennials bursting sunward.

But hey, enough talk – the garden calls! But don’t worry, supper’ll be ready by dark: it’s in the slowcooker.

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A one-pot meal for extra busy days
Hands-on time: 10 minutes to start, 5 minutes an hour before serving
Cooking time: 5 hours on medium heat
Serves 4
  • 12 ounces mild salsa
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Juice of a lime
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, in four pieces

  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 pound frozen vegetables, thawed
  • 1/2 cup elbow macaroni

Stir together the salsa, peanut butter, soy sauce and lime juice in a slowcooker. Tuck the chicken pieces into the salsa mixture, covering completely. Cook on medium heat for about 4 hours.

An hour before serving, add the pepper, vegetables and macaroni. Cook for another hour or until the vegetables and macaroni are cooked.

Serve and enjoy!

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Serving: 355 Cal (33% from Fat,); 14g Tot Fat; 3g Sat Fat; 30g Carb; 7g Fiber; 780mg Sodium; 94mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 7 points

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Alanna Kellogg

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  1. Anonymous7/21/2007

    Oh, this sounds so interesting--the peanut butter, soy sauce, salsa, lime juice! I love recipes with those ingredients. And yes--sometimes you have to have a very fast recipe. Thanks.


  2. Anonymous7/21/2007

    Love the ingredient list! I'm working late all week so my husband will love you for this recipe!



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