Slow cooker Mediterranean chicken is made with olives, sun-dried tomatoes for a hearty meal that is so easy to make.
This recipe is going to be one of your new favorites to make You will love the way that the briny olives combine with the sun-dried tomatoes which add a hint of sweetness. The end result is tender chicken that is topped with a seriously flavorful chunky sauce.
Tender and full of flavor, Mediterranean chicken is a hearty and tasty chicken dish that's perfect for any night of the week and so is this healthy crack chicken.
- There is very little prep time to make this recipe; it takes only eight ingredients that are "dumped" into the crockpot to make this slow cooker chicken dinner.
- It's a healthy recipe; made with wholesome ingredients that you most likely have in your pantry already!
Here is What you Will Need to Make this Crock Pot Mediterranean Chicken
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- Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Kalamata olives
- Chicken broth
- Slow cooker
Here is how to make this Recipe
Prepare the ingredients: Slice the olives, measure and chop the garlic, onions, and olives.
Place the chicken breasts into the slow cooker.
Arrange the sun-dried tomatoes, olives, garlic and onions on top of the chicken.
Add the oregano and pour in the broth.
Cover the slow cooker and cook the chicken on low for 2 ½ hours.
Total Estimated Time to Make This Recipe: 3 hours 15 to 3 hours 20 Minutes.
Boneless chicken breast is my preference for just about every chicken recipe I make. They are lean and easy to prepare. You can substitute it with boneless chicken thighs.
Sun-dried tomatoes that are in a bag, and not packed in oil are the best type to use when making slow cooker Mediterranean chicken. If you only have oil-packed, you can use them, however, drain the oil off of them before adding them to the slow cooker.
Chicken broth adds flavor to this recipe, it can be substituted with an equal amount of white wine or you can mix half broth and half wine.
Garlic cloves can be replaced with ½ teaspoon dried garlic powder,
Onions. You can use any type of onions in this recipe. I like to use red onion or yellow all-purpose onions. Two teaspoons of onion powder can be substituted for fresh onions also.
Oregano. Since this a dump slow cooker recipe, I use dried oregano. It can be replaced with 1 ½ tablespoons fresh oregano.
Kalamata Olives add a wonderful briny flavor to this dish. If you don't like kalamata olives, you can substitute them with regular black olives or green olives such as Castel Vetrano olives.
Serve Mediterranean chicken with a side of your favorite roasted vegetables, or green beans and a helping of mashed potatoes, farro, orzo, pasta, rice, zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice or a hunk of crusty bread.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
This is the kind of recipe that tastes even better the next day, so don't worry about having leftovers because they taste great.
Store leftover Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken in the refrigerator for up to four days in an air-tight container.
Reheat it in the oven covered at 350 until it is heated through, or in a covered saucepan over low heat. You may need to add a little bit of water or wine to the pan so that it does not burn.
Artichokes. Stir in ½ cup of quartered artichoke hearts during the last half hour of cooking.
Mediterranean Pork Tenderloin. Substitute the chicken for one-pound pork tenderloin.
Mediterranean Chicken with Roasted Red Peppers Add ¼ cup of roasted red bell pepper and ¼ cup capers along with a spritz of lemon juice and a pinch of lemon zest.
Make it Spicy. Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes or a ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper.
Add Cheese. Just before serving sprinkle the chicken with a little feta cheese.
- Spray the slow cooker with a little bit of cooking spray or spread a small amount of olive oil in the crockpot to keep the chicken from sticking and easy cleanup!
- Just before serving slow-cooker Mediterranean chicken, remove the chicken pieces from the crockpot and mix up a slurry of 1 tablespoon of flour with ½ cup water. Gradually stir the slurry into the sauce in the slow cooker to thicken the sauce. Serve the sauce over the chicken.
- Sear in extra flavor by quickly browning the chicken breasts in a hot skillet on top of the stove.
Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken FAQ
Yes, you can! To make Mediterranean chicken in a pressure cooker, you would follow the same steps as above, up to the cooking time.
To cook it, set the Pressure cooker to high pressure and cook for 10 minutes. Slow-release the pressure, remove the chicken, thicken the sauce and serve.
Yes, you can! Set the slow cooker on a high setting and cook for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Check the temperature of the chicken before serving, which should be at least 165 degrees.
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- ¾ cup chopped onion (about 1 small to medium-sized onion)
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 pound boneless chicken breasts or thighs
- ¾ cup sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
- ¾ cup kalamata olives, sliced in half
- 1 ½ teaspoons oregano
- 1 ½ teaspoons flour dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
Slow Cooker Method
- Add the chicken to the slow-cooker
- Top the chicken with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, garlic and onions.
- Sprinkle on the oregano and add the broth.
- Cover and cook on low for 3 hours
- ½ hour before serving, remove the chicken breasts from the slow-cooker and set them aside.
- Mix the flour and water together and whisk it into the liquid in the slow-cooker until the liquid thickens.
- Add the chicken back to the slow cooker and keep warm.
Serve Mediterranean chicken with a side of your favorite roasted vegetables, or green beans and a helping of mashed potatoes, farro, orzo, pasta, rice, zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice or a hunk of crusty bread.
Store leftover slow cooker Mediterranean chicken in the refrigerator for up to four days in an airtight container.
Reheat it in a heated 350-degree oven covered until it's heated through, or on top of the stove over low heat.
Spray the slow cooker with a little bit of cooking spray or spread a small amount of olive oil the crock pot to keep the chicken from sticking for easy cleanup!
Just before serving the chicken remove the chicken from the slow cooker and mix up a slurry of 1 tablespoon flour with ½ cup water. Gradually stir the slurry into the sauce in the slow cooker to thicken the sauce. Serve the sauce over the chicken
Sear in extra flavor by quickly browning the chicken breasts in a hot skillet on top of the stove.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 540mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 46g