So… on Saturday, in the midst of staining the new patio door and doing yard work, i was making dinner for Bren and Hannah and for some reason (probably insanity) I decided to experiment… I don’t really recommend experimenting when cooking for someone else since it can cause last minute panic “what if it doesn’t turn out, or its gross, or or or…” Nonetheless, I hadn’t thought that through (until it was too late). There were a few factors driving the decision to experiment and what i would make: I didn’t have much time, I had tons of tomatoes, I just bought chicken, and I was thinking about wine…
So, it started out as chicken tenders in the crockpot and grew from there. In the end, i thought it was delicious and Brad who also had it for dinner gave it rave reviews (although its possible -though doubtful- he was just being nice). I hope Bren and Hannah liked it. Anyway, here’s the recipie (ish- none of this was actually measured at the time):
Maureen’s Tomato, Chicken, Wine Creation
12 chicken tenders (basically just chicken pieces 1/3 the size of a boneless chicken breast)
4 cups food processed tomatoes- I had lots of yellow pear tomatoes sitting around, so i washed them, threw them in the food processor with the garlic, and threw them in the crockpot.
6 cloves garlic (also food processed)
1.5 cups white wine (I used pinot grigio because it was open, next time i’d probably go with chardonnay)
Oregano & Basil (a bunch of shakes)
Put the above ingredients in the crockpot and cook on high for around 3.5 hours. Test the chicken for doneness and turn off the crock.
Make noodles- I used rainbow rotini, but i imagine it would work with any kind of noodles and probably rice too. I think i made about 6 cups of noodles (dry).
2 T. butter
2 T. flour (maybe a little less)
1 T. minced garlic
2 c. milk
1 pkg cream cheese (i used the low fat variety)
4 cups crockpot sauce (from above)
salt (to taste- i used probably less than 1/2 teaspoon)
Put butter and garlic in saucepan on high, once the butter is melted, add the flour and stir in quickly. once that is combined and bubbling, add the milk slowly, stirring to combine as you add it. Add the crockpot sauce and cream cheese, cooking and stirring until cream cheese melts. Add salt to taste.
Mix noodles and creamy sauce together, put in casserole dish. Add chicken on top of them, slice cherry tomatoes (or yellow pear tomatoes in my case) in half and add with chicken. Sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees approximately 10 minutes until parmesan is melted. (Technically, you could skip the baking part, but i liked the melted parmesan and slightly toasted tomatoes.)
Yield: 2 casseroles to serve 4-6 each (ish)