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Harvest Chicken with Walnut Gremolata Recipe

Harvest Chicken with Walnut Gremolata Recipe

"This original recipe is based on a classic veal or lamb dish but made more simply in the slow cooker. To lighten it up, I used fat-free chicken broth and removed the skin and excess fat from the chicken legs. It's an elegant complete dinner that always gets compliments." Patricia Harmon - Baden, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5-1/4 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 3 pounds), peeled and cubed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup white wine or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 6 chicken drumsticks, skin removed
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel


  • 1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the squash, tomatoes, onion, celery, broth, wine, garlic, Italian seasoning and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
  • 2. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, seasoned salt and remaining pepper. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. Place chicken on top of vegetables. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours or until a meat is tender. Remove chicken and keep warm.
  • 3. Stir orzo into vegetable mixture; cover and cook 15-20 minutes longer or until orzo is tender. Meanwhile, combine gremolata ingredients.
  • 4. Transfer vegetable mixture to a serving platter; top with chicken. Sprinkle with gremolata. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 343 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 252mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 9g fiber), 21g protein.

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paulinelydia User ID: 4170913 90745
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"Looked great until I added the orzo, it soaked up all the liquid and was mushy."

ndb110 User ID: 1792166 101812
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"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"."

marisella User ID: 1175571 158394
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"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."

patcook1 User ID: 858359 158393
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2009

"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"

Red Molly User ID: 1535843 94284
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

"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!"

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