Harvest Chicken with Walnut Gremolata
Total TimePrep: 25 min. Cook: 5-1/4 hours
My family really liked this. I used halved chicken breast and couscous because I didn't have any orzo. I also used Greek seasoning because I didn't have seasoned salt. It turned out really well. The couscous soaked up the liquid and was thick and comforting. Next time I think I'll brown the chicken and saute the onions and celery as someone suggested.
Looked great until I added the orzo, it soaked up all the liquid and was mushy.
I really enjoyed this recipe due to the sweet yet savory flavor of the "squash stew" that results in the bottom of the pan. I think it would be better with chicken breast - the dark meat doesn't contribute greatly to the flavor and the drumstick is a little "soggy".
I found this recipe to be bland, despite having added salt and even hard Italian cheese as a last resort. The presentation wasn't very nice, either. The butternut squash was too soft and turned into more of a porridge. The overall result was not appetizing. I made this recipe to the exact specifications; perhaps the reviewer's additions would have rescued it.
Since I am the creator of this recipe, I thank you for your comment. Try it again sometime with the orzo -you will love it! - Pat
This was delicious, and definitely dressier than the average slow cooker meal. I first browned the chicken (I used thighs instead of drumsticks), then sauteed the onion and celery briefly in the drippings for more flavor. We were out of orzo, so I drained off a cup of the cooking juices, added a cup of chicken broth and used the combined liquid to make rice pilaf. The gremolata added just the right touch to blend the flavors & unite the whole dish. Absolutely delicious--this is a definite keeper. Thanks!