I agree with Patricia91248's rating on 12/12/06 with eliminating the browning of the chicken in italian dressing. We could not taste it in the final dish and the chicken is thoroughly cooked after 6-8 hours slow cooking. I substituted using small cut up pieces of boneless chicken breast. I also did not have any red peppers, so I used only the green peppers I had . This is a very filling dish and after feeding totally 4 adults I still froze 3 pints (not including rice). We cooked both rice and pasta and found rice to be the very best with it. I will be making this again for my family, they all liked it very much and it definitely is a budget stretcher.