Slow Cooker - Spicy Chicken Stew with Sweet Peppers and Cannellini Beans

It has to be said, this slow cooker by Judge Cookware is excellent value for money.  If you want to cook for one or two people then the 1.5 litre is the way to go.  This model is also available in larger sizes 3.5L and 5L capacity.

Recommended by Delia too!
Being a bit of a fan of slow cookers in general (and you could say I have an obsession with them) I now have four.  My largest is 6.5L but I seldom use it.  There are only two of us and I've found this size 1.5L to be perfect.
Simple to use just turn to either low, high or keep warm.  I cooked a chicken, sweet pepper and cannellini bean casserole and it was enough even for two quite greedy people such as ourselves.  

The self insulating lid means all the nutrients are 'locked in' and also save up to 40% energy.  The very easy to follow instructions include a few recipes too so you can get an idea on cooking times when you want to do your own thing.

The ceramic pot is removable and dishwasher safe - great to take straight to the table to serve from.

Picture provided by Judge.

My Spicy Chicken and Sweet Pepper Stew with Cannellini Beans

To serve 2 you will need:
6 skinless and boneless chicken thighs - cut into bite sized chunks
1 red onion - sliced
2 nice fat garlic cloves - peeled and finely chopped
1 red sweet pepper - sliced
4 rashers of pancetta - sliced into strips (fry it first to crisp it up)
100ml red wine
400ml passata (sieved tomatoes)
1 Knorr Chicken stock pop - dissolved in a tiny bit of hot water

A good pinch of the following:

Pimenton de la Vera (hot Spanish paprika)

dried thyme, dried oregano and dried rosemary, black pepper, dried chilli flakes

Just before serving:

McDougalls Instant Thickening Granules

1x400g cannellini beans - drained

How to do it:

First of all fry the pancetta just to crisp it up a bit.  Add everything to the slow cooker except the cannellini beans.

Give it all a good stir, pop on the lid and cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours.
Stir, check the seasoning adding a little salt if needed.  

If you think it needs thickening, stir in a tablespoon of thickening granules.

Drain the beans from their water and stir through.  Put the lid back on, go off to have a shower by which time the beans will be piping hot.  Serve with some nice crusty bread.

    All in all:
An excellent price, comes with a 2 year domestic electrical guarantee.  This would make a fantastic Christmas present for anyone either on their own, or for a couple or busy working people.  Don't forget that it is also available in larger sizes for families or so you can cook and stock up your freezer.  Just pop the ingredients in, switch on, select the cooking mode (high or low) and you'll have a piping hot, cooked meal ready to serve soon as you walk in the door.  This is no big deal but I wish they had included a tiny light just so you know it's on.
It was easy to wash up so I didn't have to put it in the dishwasher - just hot water and a brush round. 
For more information on this and Judge products pop over to their website.
Available in good cook-shops and over at Amazon.
Thank you to Judge and Pam for sending me this slow cooker to review.

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