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Slow Cooker Balsamic Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken

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Light, bright, and perfect for summer, Slow Cooker Balsamic Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken is super easy to prepare and so delicious. 

“Made this and it was a winner! I served it over quinoa. My husband who normally doesn’t eat tomatoes and thinks quinoa is a vegetable even enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe.” ~Ashley

updated August, 2019

If there are three flavors everyone in my family can agree on they are tomatoes, basil, and balsamic. I could cook pretty much anything, and if I topped it with this magic trio, everyone would be happy.

Lately, too, we’ve been going through a serious slow cooker pulled chicken phase. I make either Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken, Slow Cooker Enchilada Chicken, or 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken at least once a week, because they are so easy to throw together.

Also, my daughter Elle currently loves pulled chicken.

Especially when I serve it plain, without any sauce.

And since I’m always looking for ways to get more protein into my carb-loving four year-old, pulled chicken is on our menu more and more these days.

Given our love for all these things it’s amazing that I never thought of putting them all together before.

But the idea came to me the other day, and after tinkering around with the recipe I landed on a version that will likely be on our menu every week all summer long.

I’m all about simplifying around here, and this recipe is definitely simple.

I want to help you simplify and streamline, too! The trick to keeping this recipe tasting fresh is making the tomato-balsamic-garlic mixture, tossing some of it with the chicken during the cooking process, then serving the remaining mixture on top with a generous sprinkling of basil at the end.

The short list of ingredients makes this one easy to make during a busy work week.

Just grab a few pints of tomatoes and a handful of basil from the farmer’s market (or your backyard garden) and you’re good to go. Now, let’s make some slow cooker balsamic tomato basil pulled chicken!

RECIPE & KID-FRIENDLY ADAPTATIONS

1 | Serve the chicken shredded, prior to adding back to the slow cooker for resistant eaters. Offer sliced cherry tomatoes on the side.

2 | Serve with a side of veggies, in a rice bowl, or tossed with freshly cooked pasta.

This Slow Cooker Balsamic Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken recipe is . . .

Naturally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Paleo and Whole30 Friendly

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken

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Description

Light, bright, and perfect for summer, Slow Cooker Balsamic Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken is super easy to prepare and so delicious.


Scale

Ingredients

2 medium garlic cloves, minced or finely grated

1 ½ pound Roma or cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped (about 5 cups total)

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

¼ cup thinly sliced basil


Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the garlic, tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil, and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  2. Add 2 cups of the tomato mixture to a 6-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, then add to the slow cooker. Top with an additional 1 cup of the tomato mixture. Set aside the remaining tomato mixture, covered, for serving.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6, or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork.
  4. Remove the chicken to a cutting board or plate, shred with two forks, then return to the slow cooker, stirring to combine with the tomatoes and juices.
  5. Serve the chicken, topped with the remaining fresh tomato mixture and sprinkled with basil.

Notes

Serve the chicken shredded, prior to adding back to the slow cooker for resistant eaters. Offer sliced cherry tomatoes on the side.

Serve with a side of veggies, in a rice bowl, or tossed with freshly cooked pasta.

 

0 comments to " Slow Cooker Balsamic Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken "

  • Emily

    OMgoodness! So delicious.

    I had cooked a whole organic free-range chicken for bone broth and could not bear to throw away the meat, even tho it was pretty tasteless after simmering for 36 hours. So I went in search of a shredded chicken recipe with delicious sauce to flavor the meat and found this. I threw 3 large roma tomatoes, a large clove of garlic, the 3 tbs of balsamic, the 4 of EVOO, and the salt in my vitamix. The marinade that created is stunningly delicious. I had to add a little water to make it pour over the chicken, and I’m going to let it marinate for a day for the chicken to soak it up.

    I have to cook for a meeting next week. They are definitely getting this chicken dish. I will follow your recipe exactly for that.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Robyn Downs

      Emily, I love that you were able to use the meat from your bone broth and LOVE the idea of blending everything together to make a marinade. Thanks for sharing that idea. I hope it’s a hit for your meeting, too. 🙂

  • Emily Boronkay

    Hi Robyn,

    My fridge is old and cranky and froze all my beautiful fresh organic basil. So my meeting group is getting chicken slow-cooked in the marinade I made from the frozen basil leaves, and the rest of the ingredients. It’s cooking right now. I’l let you know how it turned out!

  • Shannon Klement

    This is going in my crock pot right now! I have the day off but have tons of errands today so it’ll be nice to come home to this dish…especially since it’s a rainy day. What do you recommend eating with it? I was thinking maybe serving it over some brown rice.

    • Robyn Downs

      Shannon, yes, brown rice would be great. It’s great over pasta as well, or with some crusty bread. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

  • Kirsten

    Made this for dinner tonight. Not only was it simple to prep on a hot Summer day (crockpot didn’t heat up the house…bonus) but tasted delish. We had it over brown rice with a side salad. It’s definitely "a keeper" and will be in our rotation of dinners. Thank you!

    p.s. love your one bowl brownies too. They don’t last more then a few days in our house. 🙂

    • Robyn Downs

      Kristen, I’m so glad you enjoyed. Loved the idea of serving the chicken in rice bowls, and bonus that your kitchen stayed cool! So glad you’re enjoying the brownies as well. They definitely don’t last very long around here either! 🙂

  • Ashley O.

    Made this and it was a winner! I served it over quinoa. My husband who normally doesn’t eat tomatoes and thinks quinoa is a vegetable even enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • Sarah Walsh

    Made this today! Sooo yummy and simple. Thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa

    Do you refrigerate the leftover tomato mixture or leave it at room temp? I’m making this with seeded large slicer tomatoes since I was given 6 of them (hate to compost the seeds and juices, but seemed like a good way to use them). Looks delicious in the crock pot!

    • Robyn Downs

      Melissa, if it’s just during the day I let the tomatoes sit at room temp. If you’re making it more than a day ahead I’d refrigerate. Hope you enjoyed this one!

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