Dinner Tonight: Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

Ohhhhhh!  I loved this dinner!  My sweet friend Heather shared this recipe with me one day because she knows how I heart my slow cooker and I’m sooooo glad she did!  It’s the perfect slow cooker meal…no browning the meat, just layer everything in and go.  Perfection, right?  I served my chicken over brown rice but you could totally do it with cooked pasta or mashed potatoes too.  Simple, delicious, quick, what more could a girl ask for?
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3-4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
1 pound chicken breasts (frozen or thawed)
1 onion, sliced
4-5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (28 oz) can Fire Roasted Tomatoes (not Rotel!  The can actually says Fire Roasted Tomatoes.)
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
lots of salt and pepper
2 heaping tablespoons sugar
In your slow cooker, layer all ingredients in order above except the sugar (you’ll add that at the end).  If the chicken is frozen, cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.  If your chicken is thawed, cook on low 6 hours or high 3 hours.
About 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat, remove lid and shred the chicken with two forks right inside the slow cooker.  Stir in sugar and cover again to finish cooking another 20-30 minutes.
That’s it!  Next time, I think I’m going to try my chicken over mashed potatoes…so yummy!  Thanks Heather!
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  • Joy February 20, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    This sounds heavenly. One question though, is it spicy? My daughter and I do not enjoy lots of spice.

  • Mix and Match Mama February 21, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Not spicy at all!! šŸ™‚

  • Anonymous February 27, 2013 at 1:18 am

    My sister and I made this tonight bc we love ur recipes. But this one came out really vinegary. What do u think we did wrong?

  • Mix and Match Mama February 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Hi! This recipe gets made quite a bit, and I've never had that response. Did you use the right amount of ingredients? Did you leave out the sugar? Perhaps, you just aren't a fan of Balsamic Vinegar? If you weren't a big fan of Balsamic, you wouldn't care for the chicken. This chicken will taste a bit like vinegar because that's the main ingredient. Hmmm…I'm sorry you didn't love it. If you were to ever try it again, I would add two more tablespoons of sugar!

  • Beth September 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I made this meal on Monday. I followed the recipe to a T but used 2 lbs of chicken instead of 1 and added a tsp of sugar. I'm serving it over 'cauliflower rice' or just eating it by itself with a side salad. It great because the flavor is not 'overbearing' so I can eat it multiple meals in a row. Definitely will be passing it on!

  • Allison September 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I doubled the ingredients and put it in the crock pot at lunch. However, I did not layer the ingredients. I just put them all in and stirred. Will it turn out ok?

  • Mix and Match Mama September 11, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    It will be delicious! Enjoy!

  • Amanda November 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I'm trying to cut carbs. Think I could make this with a sugar substitute?

  • Mix and Match Mama November 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    You could substitute something like Truvia!

  • Anonymous April 17, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I loved this simple recipe! My husband and toddler were totally into it! We ate it the first night over rice and the second night I put it on rolls and melted a slice of cheese on it…wow!! It was like gourmet barbeque! Thank you for your yummy recipes!!

  • Katharine Hernden June 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Hi! Katharine here. I'm new to ur yummy recipes & blog site. I love ur recipes. Just one ?: can I freeze some of ur creations? I'm a widow & on a budget (who isn't these days) & it sure would be economical to be able to freeze one dish portions of ur recipes. I'm especially wondering about the Balsamic chicken recipe. Thanks in advance for answering this ?.

  • Mix and Match Mama June 17, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I think you can freeze almost anything and then bring it back to room temp before cooking. This recipe should divide up and freeze beautifully!

  • Energizer Amy September 24, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Made this tonight for dinner and not only was it easy but I loved it! Love this blog and all your recipes

  • SalesGirl19 October 2, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I made this recipe and it was fantastic! so easy, great flavor. Wrote about it at http://somethingtosharewithyou.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/my-reliable-chef/

  • Tracy Poe May 22, 2015 at 4:49 am

    I made this recipe tonight & it was so GOOD and so simple! The family loved it!! I love your recipes.

  • Shannon Quinn September 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I don't have a can of fire roasted tomatoes, but I have Rotel. I've made it in the past when I had the fire roasted tomatoes, but I was wondering if it would still turn out alright with Rotel instead. Thx šŸ™‚

  • Ramona May 2, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I'm making this again tonight. It has become a regular in the rotation at my house. Thank you so much!!