October 09, 2012

Crock Pot: Pumpkin Chicken

Fall has officially settled itself over the East Coast and I could not be happier.  After a perfect weekend in Upstate New York (photos to follow later this week) I am in full seasonal swing.

I've been savings lots of crock pot recipes and combining some of them - taking out parts I don't like and adding ingredients that I think will taste good.  So, today, I give you:

Crock Pot Pumpkin Chicken

Before you turn up your nose at the idea of chicken and pumpkin, remember that this is slow-cooked all day and that pumpkin brings moisture and tenderness to the chicken.  For a little extra punch, I added turkey kielbasa sausage.  The cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice give it a hint of that amazing fall flavor.  The turkey was so tender that I could cut it with my fork - it just fell apart!  I finished the meal off with steamed veggies (cooked separately - not in the crock pot) as a side - yellow squash, green squash and carrots - since the main part was so heavy.


4 chicken breasts (I started out with frozen)
14 ounces of turkey keilbasa sausage, sliced into pieces
1 1/2 c vegetable broth
1/2 cup cinnamon apple sauce
1 can of organic pureed pumpkin
2 apples, diced
4 drops of liquid stevia or 1 tsp powdered
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp all spice
pinch of salt

Cook time: 7-8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high

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