This recipe is Badass. Bad. Ass. Slow Cooker Artichoke & Ground Chicken Ragu is hearty, creamy, complex, and hides all kinds of secrets for you, not least of which is how good for you it is. If this recipe were a person, it would be Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride when he faces his nemesis and says, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Badass. 🙂
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SLOW COOKER ARTICHOKE CHICKEN RAGU IS EASY & HEALTHY
So…why is this Slow Cooker Ground Chicken & Artichoke recipe so badass, you ask? Well, aside from the obvious slow cooker goddess machine, let’s start with the badass ground chicken. I am on a ground chicken kick these days since discovering how to take it to new unbelievable badass levels through deep, dark browning of the meat. What was once a boring, flavorless, bland, but very healthy white meat is now a badass, ultra flavorful, seared and browned healthy white meat chicken. It’s white meat chicken incognito. Badass.
Since there is not much fat in this white meat ground chicken, you do need to add some to the skillet, but just enough to coat so it doesn’t stick. Then let it sit and get brown…and sit…and sit until really brown. Then start to break it up and flip it around and then let it sit…and sit some more.
Once the meat is browned, you can only imagine the brown bits and goodness that are left caked on the bottom of the skillet. Don’t leave that goodness behind! Add the broth to the skillet and scrape it all up. Then pour it into the slow cooker. If you don’t have a Slow Cooker, click here to see the Crock-Pot that I have and love!
THE SECRET INGREDIENT: HUMMUS!
Remember at the start of this post I mentioned this recipe hold secrets? Well here is the biggest secret of all…you add hummus. Yep, hummus. The hummus adds another layer of flavor and a creamy texture. And I don’t know about you, but it seems I always have some leftover hummus in our fridge so this is a great use for that!
Other ingredients are artichoke hearts, diced red pepper, diced tomatoes, oregano, garlic, and scallions. Mix them all together in the slow cooker and set for 8 hours.
After 8 hours, the tomatoes, red peppers, and artichokes all cook down into this hearty ragu with so much depth of flavor from the hummus, garlic, scallions, and herbs.
Did I mention this Slow Cooker Artichoke & Ground Chicken Ragu is badass? Serve it over rice or pasta and ENJOY!
Slow Cooker Hearty Ground Chicken & Artichoke Sauce
This Slow Cooker Ground Chicken & Artichoke Ragu is hearty, creamy, complex, and hides all kinds of secrets for you, not least of which is how good for you it is. The ground chicken is seared to a perfect brown flavor. The tomatoes, red peppers, and artichoke hearts cook down into a hearty ragu. The secret ingredient in this recipe is hummus! Yes, the hummus brings a creamy, earthy and complex backdrop of flavor.
- 16 oz Ground White Meat Chicken Free Range, no antibiotics used
- 14 oz Artichoke hearts 1 can
- 1 Red Pepper
- 6 Scallions
- 3/4 Cup Hummus
- 14 oz Diced Tomatoes 1 can
- 1 Cup Chicken Broth or veggie broth
- 2 tsp Dried Oregano
- 2 cloves Garlic about 2 tsp
- 1/2 tsp Salt or to taste
- 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper or to taste
- 1 Tbls Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Rice, uncooked
1-2 days prior or right before cooking, you can chop/dice the veggies. Dice the entire red pepper. Slice the scallions. Mince the garlic. Drain, rinse and rough chop the artichoke hearts.
Prepare the Ground Chicken
Preheat a medium size skillet to HIGH and then add 1 tbls Coconut Oil and the ground chicken with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper. Break up the chicken and spread it around to create a flat layer to fill the skillet. Let it sit there until it gets a brown sear, about 5 minutes. Since white meat chicken will not have as much flavor as dark meat, you really want to bring out the flavor through browning!
Add 1 tsp Dried OreganoStir up the meat to brown on all sides. Let it sit for another 3-5 minutes until browned and there are brown bits on the bottom of skillet.
Add the 1 cup of brown and stir to get all of the yummy brown bits off the bottom of the skillet
To the slow cooker, add the cooked ground chicken and broth, plus the artichoke hearts, scallions (save some of the greens for garnish), the red pepper (save some for garnish), the hummus, the diced tomatoes, the garlic, the remaining 1 tsp of Oregano, and another dask of freshly ground pepper.
Place the slow cooker on the 8 hour setting. You could do this on the 4 hour or 6 hour setting as well, but I generally need 8 hours while I am at the office!
Now comes the fun! Serve over Rice or pasta or polenta, then garnish with the remaining scallions and ENJOY!