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 Chicken Cacciatore

 4 boneless chicken breasts

1  jar of your favorite pasta sauce

1 small green pepper, sliced

1 small yellow onion, sliced

¼ c chicken broth

½ tsp garlic powder or any seasoning you prefer

½ tsp black pepper

Arrange chicken in your slow cooker. Cover chicken with pasta sauce, bell pepper, onion, broth, and seasonings.

Cover and cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours or on High for 4to 6 hours or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve over pasta or rice, if desired.

Here are two of my favorite Slow Cooker standbys in a pinch.

Place a few frozen chicken breasts in the slow cooks (gotta love those bags of chicken) and cover with ¾ of a bottle of Italian dressing. Cook on low for 4-6 hours and serve with any side.

Also, love to cook a pork roast with barbecue sauce for 8-10 hours on low for great pulled pork sandwiches.

Here is my favorite casserole dish to make. It’s from Kraft Foods. Whenever I’m making a meal for a friend, this is my go-to recipe. Adults and kids love it.

Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake

1-1/2 cups penne pasta, uncooked (use multi-grain for a healthier dish)

1 pkg.  (9 oz.) fresh spinach leaves (I use half a bag and cut into pieces)

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces (I often use cubed chicken you can find in the deli section for salads)

1 tsp.  dried basil leaves

1 jar (14-1/2 oz.) spaghetti sauce

1 can  (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained

2 oz. (1/4 of 8-oz. pkg.)

Neufchatel Cream Cheese, cubed

1 cup  2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided

2 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan Cheese

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

COOK pasta as directed on package, adding spinach to the boiling water the last minute.

COOK and stir chicken and basil in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 3 min. Stir in spaghetti sauce and tomatoes; bring to boil. Simmer on low heat 3 min. or until chicken is done. Stir in Neufchatel.

DRAIN pasta mixture; return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole or 8-inch square baking dish.

BAKE 20 min.; top with remaining cheeses. Bake 3 min. or until mozzarella is melted

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