I was feeling pretty uninspired this morning when I was digging around in the new chest freezer we'd bought last month. I know that in order to keep the food from getting freezer burned, I must use it! So I reached to the bottom and pulled out a family sized package of chicken thighs. Hmm... what to do with them? Again, completely uninspired, I ran them under some hot water just long enough so I could whack them on the sink to break them into 2 chunks small enough to fit into the crock pot. I sprinkled onion salt and garlic powder liberally, then I opened a 28oz can of diced tomatoes and poured that on top. I covered it and turned it up to high.
Around noontime, I was looking in the regular freezer and came across some sliced zucchini I'd made before our vacation - to be honest, I can't even really remember how I cooked it - it may have been in Italian dressing, but one can't be too sure. Eh, that's ok - I tossed the frozen lump of zucchini into the crock pot as well. About an hour later, it was defrosted enough for me to stir the whole thing up, making sure the zucchini got covered up in tomato'ey goodness. The aroma in my house is Soooooo Goooood!
In about an hour, I'll go back to the kitchen and stir things up again and also put on a pot of water to boil. I'll make some sort of pasta (not really sure what I have at the moment) and poof - dinner will be done! The zucchini is very thinly sliced, so I'm betting it'll fall apart nicely - because my kids don't purposely EAT zucchini, this is a good thing that it falls apart :)
Now, for those of you who aren't too thrilled with chicken thighs, this recipe could easily be accomplished with any other cut of the chicken, just adjust your cooking times for boneless!
Also - if you'd like the chicken to be browned, you could brown it in the frying pan before or spoon the whole thing into a casserole dish when it's done and throw it under the broiler. Me? I don't mind albino chicken!
10-12 chicken thighs (frozen)
1 28oz can diced tomatoes w/juices