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Crock-Pot Garlic Basil Chicken

“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.”
-Laurie Colwin

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If you own a crock-pot, chances are that you have made Italian Chicken.
Ya know, toss some chicken in the slow cooker, pour Italian dressing over the top and cook.
About as much actual culinary skills go into this Crock-Pot Garlic Basil Chicken recipe as well.
Everyone can do this and have it turn out excellent every time.Not everything delicious has to be complicated.

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I picked up a bottle of this new Wish Bone EVOO Garlic Basil Italian Dressing** the other day. It sounded good, was comparably priced and mixed nicely in the container so I gave it a whirl. Honestly, I’m a sucker for garlic and basil but my inner six year old digs the green color. 🙂It was planned for salads but out of desperation one busy morning, it became the Italian dressing I poured over my chicken breasts in my crock pot.
When I ran back by the house later that morning, I was struck by how wonderfully inviting and cozy the basil scent was.

IMG_0113 The kids commented on how great it smelled. Then every single person in the house proclaimed it to be the best Italian chicken to date. Every single one. I got the extremely rare coveted compliment from the entire tribe I’m feeding. I’m dealing with teenagers here… compliments don’t flow freely from these people.
That’s no small miracle in my book.
Best part is, I didn’t do anything special, hard or time consuming and everyone’s happy. Snag some chicken and a bottle of this delightful dressing and lets get dinner started.

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Grab a crock pot-
1 Chicken Breast per person- I toss in a couple extra because this chicken makes tasty leftovers.

Add a Veggie (optional but fresh green beans were great)

Add Wish Bone E.V.O.O. Garlic Basil Italian dressing over the top of the chicken until all the chicken is coated. I use most of the 12 ounce bottle for 8 chicken breasts.

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Cook on high for 4 hours

or

Cook on low for 6 hours

The chicken nearly falls apart and is so moist and flavorful.

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The leftovers are great in a salad, tossed with fresh grilled veggies, by its self, shredded in a pita, mixed into riced cauliflower with a touch more dressing.
It’s super yummy, it’s easy and totally budget friendly.

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(**Wish Bone has no clue I exist so I’m just telling you because it’s awesome. I wasn’t paid, sponsored, bribed or asked sweetly to endorse any products in this post. No one got anything but a fantastic meal from the posting of this recipe.)

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