School has started and fall has arrived (did I mention that we might actually drop into the 30's tonight?) This combination means one thing. I'm officially pulling out the Slow Cooker. The after school activity shuttle leaves no time for doing any actual cooking during the dinner hour. This is why I love my slow cooker. My husband bought me an All-Clad stainless steel beauty a few years back. Ahhh… flutter my heart. He loves me. Yes, while some girls call diamonds their best friends, it appears that I can be won over by small kitchen appliances. He knows me.
I make this family favorite spaghetti recipe at least once a month during the school year. It's about time I shared it! It's perfect for hectic days and its ease of preparation will keep you from the Taco Bell Drive-Thru!
Simply start with 3 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs. You can use chicken breast if you want, but the thighs stay moist through the slow cooking process. Once you try them, you won't go back. Top the chicken with 2 - 24 ounce jars of your favorite pasta sauce.
Next, dump in a 15-ounce can of pumpkin. I know, it sounds strange, but it helps thicken the sauce when the chicken lets go of its juices and, as a bonus, your kids are now eating a whole lot of Vitamin A!
Add some brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and oregano. That's it. Put the top on and walk away.
When you return from Yoga, Target, the bus stop, piano lessons, football and tennis, shred the chicken in the sauce.
Boil some noodles and you are good to go.
This sauce is deliciously thick, well rounded and loaded with lean protein.
Perfect for a weeknight family dinner!
Pumpkin Chicken Spaghetti
by Rachel @ Simple Girl
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 - 24 ounce jars of spaghetti sauce
1 - 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic glaze (or vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Combine ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 8 - 10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. Shred chicken in the sauce. Adjust seasonings, if necessary, and serve over pasta.
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