Tomato Basil Chicken

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tomato basil chicken step by step photos

This is a super easy Tomato Basil Chicken recipe.

Cook in the slow cooker and use aluminium to separate - an all in one meal that's not a casserole. It's great to have the convenience of a slow cooker, but you don't always want everything swimming in sauce. 

The video and photos show the basic recipe - the ingredients list gives you different ideas to make it your own.

You can either follow the step by step photos or I've made a short video telling you how to make this recipe.

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Tomato Basil Chicken 

Ingredients for 2 

  • 2 or 3 skinned breast of chicken fillets
  • 1 carton passata
  • 1 tablespoon dried or handful fresh chopped basil
  • 2 large potatoes
  • chopped carrots and broccoli or veg of your choice

You can add to the basic sauce any or all:

  • mushroom
  • onion
  • bell pepper
  • zucchini (courgette)
  • eggplant (aubergine)
  • garlic - crushed or powder
  • chicken stock cube
  • vegetable stock cube
  • frozen peas
  • frozen mixed vegetables
  • frozen corn

If you add zucchini or eggplant, then it's best to dice and salt these.  Leave to drain for an hour or so prior to adding to the sauce. They are quite watery and might make the sauce a little thin. The passata makes a lovely thick sauce and needs no thickening.

You could substitute chopped canned tomatoes for the passata.

There really is no limit to what you add to this recipe to make it to suit your family.

You can make it for more people by using a larger slow cooker - it's perfect for family dinners.

chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker

Place your chicken fillets on the bottom of the crock pot. Pour over the passata and add the basil.

At this point, you can add chopped onion, mushroom, bell pepper or other veg of your choice.

adding tomato passsata and basil

layer of foil over the chicken

Place aluminium foil over the chicken and sauce.

Take your baking potatoes and wrap each one separately in foil.

baking potato wrapped in foil

vegetables wrapped in foil

Wrap your prepared chopped veg in another piece of foil.

Place all three packets gently on top of the dividing foil.

vegetables and potatoes added to the crockpot

lid on the crockpot

Put the lid on and cook on high for around 4 hours or low for a minimum of 7 hours.

Unwrap and plate up the meal - chicken, potato, veg and sauce.

plated tomato basil chicken with vegetables and baked potato

This is a superb way of cooking any meat in any type of sauce - using aluminium as separators means that you get a 'dinner' as opposed to a casserole.

It's a convenient and economical way of making a complete meal in a pot. 

tomato basil chicken in the slow cooker
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Tomato Basil Chicken


Tomato Basil Chicken

All in one slow cooker meal. Tomato Basil Chicken with jacket potatoes, carrots and broccoli. Simple step by step instructions with photographs.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 240 minutes

Yield: 2 or more

Main Ingredient: chicken, passata,basil

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