It’s really starting to set in that I’m having a baby in a month!
I didn’t really notice that my appetite changed that much with either of my pregnancies, but oh boy did it change when I was nursing my first! Give me all the carbs and protein and oh there’s vegetables okay that’s fine too…
Pair that with the chaos of having a new baby in the house and slow cooker and freezer meals became really essential. And the great thing about this meal is that it’s both! Plus it requires very little prep other than slicing a few vegetables and making the “roux” (more on that in a bit).This Stewed Chicken with Tomatoes and Capers is the perfect easy meal for a new mom! Click To Tweet
I recently ate this straight from the slow cooker (okay, okay, I put it in a bowl first) but you could also put all of the uncooked ingredients into a freezer-safe gallon bag and let it defrost once you want to make it in a slow cooker. OR, you could cook it in a slow cooker and then freeze the results. Serve it with some frozen rice or another carb of choice (crusty bread would be great!) and you’ve got a meal to please any new mom (and oh yeah, her family too…)
This recipe uses what I like to call the “lazy lady’s roux.” A roux is a cooked mixture of a starch and oil (often flour and butter) that thickens the finished dish and adds flavor. If you’ve ever made gravy or cheese sauce from scratch, you’ve probably made a roux. Here, let this French guy explain it to you:
Honestly, it’s not a hard thing to do, but I find it really steals the mojo of my “I just want to dump a bunch of stuff in this slow cooker and eat it later” mentality. And since I’m not about finesse in cooking and this recipes doesn’t especially need the flavor that a real roux contributes, the lazy lady method works just fine for me!
It’s important to shake the cornstarch, olive oil and chicken stock together in a separate jar because the cornstarch will likely clump together if you add it directly to the slow cooker. I generally use a mason jar, but any lidded food storage container will likely do.
I used broccoli here even though it’s not especially slow-cooker friendly. You have to put it in during the last 30 minutes of cooking or else it will turn to mush. UPDATE: I’ve swapped the broccoli for mushrooms! I think it’s a better fit for the dish and I love that I can add everything to the slow cooker at the same time.
What’s your favorite easy meal to eat as (or bring to) a new mom?
Stewed Chicken with Tomatoes and Capers
- 3 chicken breasts
- 1 15.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 2-3 tbsp capers
- 1 small onion
- 1 cup broccoli*
- 1/4 cup half and half optional
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Slice the onion into half moons.
In a small jar, shake together the chicken stock, corn starch and olive oil.
In a slow cooker, combine chicken breasts, stock mixture, tomatoes and capers. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
30 minutes prior to serving, break up the chicken into smaller chunks. Stir in the broccoli and half and half.
Serve over rice.
*Substitute sliced mushrooms if you want this to be ready to eat right away instead of waiting 30 minutes at the end of the recipe for the broccoli to cook. In this case, you can stir in the half and half immediately prior to serving.
This meal freezes well once cooked.