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Slow Cooker Wine and Tomato Braised Chicken Thighs

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Ingredients:

  • 4 slices thick applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 large onion, thinly slice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, with juice, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3¾ pounds), skin removed, trimmed
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Crumble when cool.

Drain off all but 2 tablespoons fat from the pan. Add onion and cook over medium heat, stirring, until softened, 3 to 6 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, fennel seeds, pepper and bay leaf and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add wine, bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, scraping up any browned bits. Add tomatoes and their juice and salt; stir well.

Place chicken thighs in a 4-quart (or larger) slow cooker. Sprinkle the bacon over the chicken. Pour the tomato mixture over the chicken. Cover and cook until the chicken is very tender, about 3 hours on High or 6 hours on Low. Remove the bay leaf. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 large whole chicken (about 4 pounds)

Directions

Place the onion pieces in the bottom of your slow cooker. Remove any giblets from the chicken and stuff it with rosemary, garlic and lemon wedges (or whatever herbs and aromatics you like). Rub the outside of the chicken with the spice mixture. If you like you can also rub some of the spices on the inside of the cavity and beneath the skin covering the breasts. Place the spice rubbed chicken, breast side down, on top of the onion pieces and cover the slow cooker. You won’t need to add any extra liquid. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 7 hours, or until the chicken is tender and falling off the bone. Remove from the slow cooker and serve. Remove from the slow cooker and serve.

Honey Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless, bone in chicken thighs
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Directions

Rinse the chicken lightly with water and pat dry. Lay chicken thighs on the bottom of a slow cooker. Whisk the remaining ingredients together in a bowl and pour over the chicken. Cook on low for 6 hours.