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Creamy Basil Chicken

Makes: 4 servings Yield: 4 servings plus additional chicken for Chicken and Wild Rice Chowder
Prep 25 mins Cook 3 hrs 30 mins  (high) or 6 hours (low) + 30 minutes(high)
Creamy Basil Chicken
Ingredients
  • 2  cups  sliced mushrooms
  • 2  medium  red and/or yellow sweet peppers, cut into strips
  • 1  large  onion, sliced
  • 4  ounces  cooked bacon, chopped
  • 8  cloves  garlic, minced
  • 3  tablespoons  quick-cooking tapioca, crushed
  • 8  skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (2-1/2 to 3 lb.)
  • 1  cup  chicken broth
  • 1/4  cup  dry white wine or vermouth
  • 1  pound  asparagus spears
  • 1/3  cup  whipping cream
  • 1/2  cup plus 2 Tbsp.  snipped fresh basil
  • 2  cups  hot cooked orzo pasta
  • 2  tablespoons  grated Parmesan cheese
Directions

1. In 5- or 6-quart slow cooker stir together mushrooms, sweet peppers, onion, bacon, and garlic. Sprinkle with tapioca. Place chicken on top of mixture in cooker. Pour broth and wine over all.

2. Cover; cook on high-heat setting 3 to 3-1/2 hours or low-heat setting 6 to 7 hours.

3. Meanwhile, snap off and discard woody bases from asparagus. Cut into 2 to 3-inch lengths. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in asparagus, cream, and the 1/2 cup fresh basil. Cover; cook 30 minutes more.

4. Reserve four chicken breast halves to prepare Chicken and Wild Rice Chowder; store as directed below.* Serve remaining chicken, vegetables, and sauce with orzo. Sprinkle with the 2 tablespoons fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings plus additional chicken for Chicken and Wild Rice Chowder.

From the Test Kitchen
  • * To store chicken breast halves, wrap tightly and refrigerate up to 3 days.
Nutrition Facts (Creamy Basil Chicken)
  • Servings Per Recipe 4,
  • cal. (kcal) 556,
  • Fat, total (g) 21,
  • chol. (mg) 132,
  • sat. fat (g) 9,
  • carb. (g) 43,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 3,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
  • fiber (g) 5,
  • sugar (g) 8,
  • pro. (g) 47,
  • vit. A (IU) 3013,
  • vit. C (mg) 105,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 1,
  • Niacin (mg) 17,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1,
  • Folate (g) 125,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 892,
  • Potassium (mg) 903,
  • calcium (mg) 121,
  • iron (mg) 5,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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