Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken Recipe (4 ingredients, dairy-free and gluten-free)
This slow cooker balsamic chicken recipe was made with busy weeknights in mind! Just like sheet pan dinners, the slow cooker is a staple. With only four ingredients, the chicken is soaked in a maple balsamic dressing for a few hours and can be served over rice or pasta. Thus, an easy, healthy, crockpot chicken breast recipe to have on hand.
When you have a house full of crazy (two kids, one dog, two cats plus a hubby that is kind of like a kid) and 2.5 business, you pretty much need all the help you can get when it comes to healthy meals. This is my life folks!
This slow cooker balsamic chicken recipe helps keep dinnertime simple on busy weeknights (as do these awesome speedy dinner recipes geared towards busy mamas!) while still giving your family fuel and not junk.
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Benefits Of A Slow Cooker
- save time
- allow you to cook while you work
- are inexpensive
Many people believe that because I work from home I seem to have all this extra time to do household things. However, these people are horribly mistaken.
Yes, I work out of my home. However, my time is split between training clients (I can hardly be vacuuming and correcting squats at the same time :P), photographing recipes for my own site or for others (I do a lot of recipe creation or just picture re-do’s for other sites) or attempting to catch up on writing, socials and the like.
Thus, hardly a lot of time for making fancy meals 😛
So, this slow cooker balsamic chicken recipe is a godsend on nights I train late.
Flavor Of The Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken
This crockpot chicken breast recipe uses a combination of balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Moreover, it's sweet but not too sweet.
If given the proper time, the chicken is marinated and cooking most of the day. Thus, it ends up tender and can almost be shredded.
Personally, I used chicken breast strips to make this slow cooker chicken recipe. However, actual chicken breasts work just as well!
How To Put It All Together
The slow cooker balsamic chicken recipe makes the breasts and has enough maple balsamic dressing leftover to use on top of your meal.
Then, all you need to do is put everything together.
Most often, we use this maple balsamic chicken on top of rice (pre-cooked in the fridge of course. Because making meal prep simple is key!). Top is with steamed veg and you're done.
Mom Hack: ALWAYS have rice already cooked and in the fridge. This allows you to make quick, healthy dinners like the ones below in zero time:
Similarly, I've also boiled some pasta and just tossed in the chicken, sauce and some vegetables to make a yummy balsamic chicken pasta too.
So, use it how you see fit.
Is This Recipe Whole30 Or Paleo?
Though the slow cooker balsamic chicken recipe is paleo, it depends what you pair it with. Paleo diets do not allow grains.
Moreover, instead of serving the crockpot chicken over rice, you can serve it on a salad, steamed veggies, or even spaghetti squash!
In contrast, this recipe is not compliant on a whole30 diet.
Whole30 does not allow sugars of any kind on the diet.
However, the recipe is naturally dairy-free and gluten-free.
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- .65kg (ish )chicken breast strips
- ⅛ cup balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup avocado oil
- Green beans for four, trimmed (I do one cup per person!)
- Rice for four, cooked
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Maple Balsamic Slow Cooker Chicken
If ever there was an easy way to cook dinner- the slow cooker takes the cake! Place the ingredients into it the night before (or the morning of if you were lazy) turn it on and walk away!
This crockpot chicken breast helps keep busy moms sane… and full! Plus, it only contains four ingredients and it’s also dairy-free and gluten-free.
If you’re struggling to fuel your family with quality meals my advice to you is this: keep it simple. There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel. Make simple meals, stay sane and stay healthy.