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Ryan’s Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken

I had a great family friend text me the other day. I looked at my phone and seen that they sent me a picture of the dinner that they were getting ready to enjoy. It was a chicken version of Italian Beef! I text back and told them that I wanted the recipe and I asked if I could change a couple of things and he said “Sure!” I changed a couple of things and Josh and I enjoyed it last night for dinner….It was fantastic! The Italian Dressing Mix that I used in this recipe is also located in the SPICES, RUBS, AND MARINADES category. Thank you so much Ryan for the recipe and I am definitely keeping this recipe for “get-togethers” too!

Makes: 6 servings

Here’s what you’ll need:

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3 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breasts

1 (16 oz.) jar pepper rings (pepperoncini’s)

1 Tbsp Cori’s Zesty Italian Dressing Mix (or a packet of Italian dressing mix)

1 cup water

pinch of salt and pepper to taste (optional)


Like I always say, spray your slow cooker with non-stick spray or line your slow cooker with liners. As you can see, I use liners (makes for much easier clean up). Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker and turn the slow cooker on LOW.

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Pour entire 16 ounce jar of mild pepper rings over chicken breasts….

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Sprinkle Zesty Italian Dressing Mix evenly over breasts….

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Add water….

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Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours…depends on your slow cooker (mine cooks fairly quickly)….

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After it has cooked for the desired amount of time, (8 hours for mine), shred the chicken with 2 forks….

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Meanwhile, we had 2 friendly doggies sniffing and watching me shred chicken for dinner…the brown dog is ours (out for his daily run with his friend)….

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Place shredded chicken back into slow cooker and stir to incorporate the juices and seasonings… recover and let cook for another 20-30 minutes….

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Serve just like Italian Beef, on a hoagie roll and top with some shredded cheese!

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Three Pepper Pasta Sauce

I found this recipe in my Crock-Pot cookbook, thank you family members! I love this cookbook, I just try to make my own recipes rather than do exactly what they have typed. I’m more of an experimentalist with the food rather than anything else. I will admit, this sauce is very good and very chunky. I put a little in my food processor at a time and it still had great texture. It just depends on your preferences. Please enjoy!

Makes: 4-6 servings

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 cans (14 oz each) diced tomatoes, undrained

1 cup chopped onion

1 can (6 oz) tomato paste

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes or ground black pepper

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English: Three bellpeppers (Capsicum annuum) from three different cultivars. Français : Trois poivrons (Capsicum annuum) de trois variétés différentes. Nederlands: Drie paprika’s (Capsicum annuum) in drie verschillende varianten. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Spray non-stick cooking spray or place a slow cooker liner in your crock pot, then combine bell peppers, tomatoes with juice, garlic, onion, tomato paste, olive oil, basil, oregano, salt and red pepper flakes in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours, or on HIGH for 3-4 hours or until vegetables are tender.

This sauce is great served over pasta with parmesan cheese with great garlic bread on the side.

Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler (Simple Version)

I love Peach Cobbler, whether it’s in the crock pot, or baked in the oven. This has to be the best way for this to be made and it’s definitely worth smelling this in your home in the autumn months! I revamped the seasonings just a little and I hope you like it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

6 large peaches, peeled and sliced

1 white cake mix

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg


Place peaches in the bottom of your slow cooker.

Cut butter into cake mix until crumbly, add cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar.

Sprinkle cake mix over peaches and cover slow cooker with a paper towel then seal with the lid.

Cook on high for 2 hours and serve with french vanilla ice cream!

Gramma’s Applesauce

I remember as a child, my grandma always making something in her kitchen. We were blessed with fantastic grandmas that loved to bake, cook, fry, and always tending to a bountiful garden. My grandma used to make us our favorite applesauce. However, she didn’t use a slow cooker to make this family favorite, but I did. I love applesauce and I love this recipe, it is so simple to make….hope you enjoy it!

Makes: approximately 6-7 (1/2 pint) mason/ball jars

Here’s what you’ll need:

5 lb bag of apples (I used red delicious), cored, seeded, and peeled

1/2 cup golden brown sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

1 Tbsp lemon juice (not shown)


Spray crock pot with non-stick cooking spray (or use crock pot liners-love them). Turn crock pot on low setting. Meanwhile, peel and core apples. A 5 lb bag of apples yields about 13-15 apples. Chop apples and add them to the crock pot. Add 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 1 Tbsp lemon juice, cover. Let apples cook for approximately 6 hours. Apples will make their own sauce. Once finished in the crock pot, you can leave the applesauce chunky, or use an immersion blender to puree the apples. The house smells wonderful as this concoction simmers. I poured this into (1/2 pint) Ball jars and they can be refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.


**you can use different varities of apples in one recipe. I tried a little variety (gala, granny smith, washington, etc.) in a previous batch and it was wonderful!

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