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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

GF Serbian Chicken Recipe

I overplanted tomatoes, so I promised to share some great tomato recipes.  Here is one of my all-time favorites.  The original recipe comes from the Circle of Serbian Sisters in Milwaukee, WI.  Their cookbook was published in 1973.  Bought it when I was 12.  Growing up in Milwaukee, I rarely missed the Holiday Folk Fair.  Some years I danced with the Girl Scouts.  Other years I went with friends and family. 

Here's some info if you're interested:

But back to the recipe - I've revised it to make it healthier and gluten free.  You can make it in the slow cooker.  Who doesn't love coming home to a nice hot meal?

Serbian Chicken

4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
4 cups diced fresh tomatoes or 1 (28-oz) can of diced or stewed tomatoes
1 green pepper chopped
1 onion chopped
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
3/4 cup light sour cream

This can be made on the stove top or slow cooker.  No need to brown the chicken either way. 

Pour half the tomatoes into a large pot.  Lay chicken breasts over tomatoes.  Sprinkle onions and green peppers over chicken, then pour remaining tomatoes over all.  Cook on low heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours on stove top.  Cook 3-4 hours on low crock pot setting.  When chicken is done, remove meat to platter and keep warm. 

In a medium sized bowl, combine sour cream with cornstarch.  The next part is really important.  If you just stir the sour cream mixture into all those tomatoes it will curdle and look very unappetizing (it will still taste good though). 

Instead, add 2-3 tablespoons of tomato mixture into sour cream mixture.  Stir until blended.  Repeat with a few more tablespoons.  Continue, until your sour cream mixture has doubled in volume.  Should be about half sour cream and half tomatoes. 

You can now safely blend the sour cream mixture into the tomato pot.  (This is also the secret to making your own cream of tomato soup without curdling.)

No matter how I cook the chicken, I always thicken the sauce on the stove top.  Once it thickens, pour over chicken and serve over rice.  Hmmm, hmmm, good!  :)

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