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Nectarine Balsamic Thyme Crockpot Chicken

Nectarine Thyme Balsamic Crockpot Chicken

Say goodbye to the days of boring chicken! This unique, easy, nutritious dinner is bursting with fresh flavors that will satisfy any crowd. Nectarine Thyme Balsamic Crockpot Chicken

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you all had a great 4th of July. Mine was pretty relaxed which was nice. My sister and I went on a run and did an upper body out, then my family had an early BBQ dinner and enjoyed some delicious cake I made (recipe to be shared on the blog soon!). To be honest, I’m SO not used to eating early so dinner round two was necessary later haha. Today, I’m so excited to be sharing with you a super easy summer dinner.

If there’s one “special kitchen gadget” I recommend you get, it’s a crockpot. I don’t know about you, but there have been many times where I come home SO hungry from practice or just being out all day and the last thing I want to do is whip up a dinner.

But you know what’s the best?!? Coming home to a house full of warming smells swirling from the kitchen and a dinner all ready to go. Cue the crockpot!

Nectarine Thyme Balsamic Crockpot Chicken

This recipe was inspired by the sweet, summery smell of a box of ripe nectarines sitting on my counter. As soon as it danced up into my nose, I knew I had to make something wonderful to showcase them. To take things next level, I added in thyme for some fresh, bright flavor and balsamic for a acidic tang.

I know you guys will absolutely love how easy yet flavorful this dish is! Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or something to pack for lunch everyday, this is the perfect recipe for you 🙂 .

Nectarine Balsamic Thyme Crockpot Chicken

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Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 5 nectarines, sliced and pit removed
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion (~1/2 an onion)
  • 3 TBSP fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1/2 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb of chicken breasts

Instructions

1

Place the diced onion, minced garlic, and 1 TBSP of the olive oil in a small sauce pan on medium heat and sauté for about 3 minutes until softened and fragrant.

2

Next, add in the nectarines, thyme, other TBSP of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir ingredients together then cover the pot and allow to everything to simmer down for 7-10 minutes, continuing to stir periodically until the nectarines have softened and released their juices.

3

Pour the contents of the pot into a blender and blend until a smooth sauce is formed.

4

Pour the sauce back into the pot and stir over low heat for 2 minutes.

5

Spoon a thin layer of the sauce to cover the base of the crockpot.

6

Place the chicken breasts into the crock pot, then completely cover with the remaining sauce.

7

Cook on high for 4 hours and reduce to low for about 2-4 hours. Cooking time will vary depending on crockpot. Just be sure not to open the crockpot before you're fairly certain it's done as doing so will disrupt the cooking process.

8

Once you're ready to serve, carefully remove the breasts from the crockpot and use to forks to pull the chicken. Place the pulled chicken back and the sauce and stir around to cover it.

9

Enjoy! I served it over roasted cauliflower with slivered almonds and fresh thyme leaves on top, but it would also be awesome over rice or any other grain you'd like. The chicken can be stored in the fridge for a week.

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Be sure to let me know what you think of the recipe. If you try it and share a picture, tag me @pilatespearlsandpeanutbutter so I can see how it turned out and give you some love.

Let me know…

How did you spend your 4th of July?

What’s your favorite kitchen gadget?

What’s your favorite summer fruit?

Enjoy the moment,

xoxo Meah <3

 

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