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Slow-Cooker Pesto Chicken Thighs

Slow-Cooker Pesto Chicken Thighs
  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 4 hr 5 min
  • Servings 8
Versatile, juicy and oh-so affordable, these slow-cooker chicken thighs can easily be transformed into two family friendly dinners.
Created May 7, 2015
Make With
Make With
Progresso Broth

Ingredients

  • 3 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 jar (6.25 oz) basil pesto
  • 2 tablespoons Progresso™ reduced sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)

Steps

  • 1
    Spray slow cooker lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken thighs with salt and pepper on both sides. Nestle chicken thighs in slow cooker in even layer; they may be arranged tightly, if necessary.
  • 2
    In small bowl, stir pesto and chicken broth. Pour over chicken thighs, and spread evenly with spoon.
  • 3
    Cover and cook on High heat setting 4 hours. Serve immediately using one or both of the ideas below, or cool slightly and refrigerate in an airtight container for a few days until ready to use.
  • 4
    Bruschetta-Topped Chicken: In medium bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes, 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Let stand 10 minutes for flavors to blend. Spoon over 1/2 recipe hot Slow-Cooker Pesto Chicken Thighs, and serve with rice or pasta as desired. (To use the entire recipe of chicken thighs, double these ingredient amounts.)
  • 5
    Bacon Ranch Pasta and Chicken: Cook and drain 1/2 lb pasta (a short variety) as directed on package. Toss hot pasta with 1 tablespoon dry ranch dressing and seasoning mix, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend, 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled and 1/2 recipe Slow-Cooker Pesto Chicken Thighs, shredded. Top with a sprinkle of chopped fresh basil leaves, if desired. Serve warm. (To use the entire recipe of chicken thighs, double these ingredient amounts.)

  • You may need more or less of the broth, depending on how thick the pesto is. An unsalted or low-sodium pesto variety is nice for controlling the amount of salt in the dish.
  • This recipe would also work with bone-in thighs, but use skinless since the oil in the pesto plus the chicken skin would make the dish greasy.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
Calories from Fat
170
Total Fat
19g
30%
Saturated Fat
4 1/2g
23%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
165mg
56%
Sodium
460mg
19%
Potassium
340mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
2g
1%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
37g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 5 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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