Crock-Pot (slow cooker) recipes must be the most abused recipe category on the web. Therefore, one of my goals this winter is to sift through the muck and pluck out the tastiest recipes for this time-saving kitchen appliance I can locate.
The chicken bone adds flavor to the stew; but I pull off as much of the fatty skin as possible.
Problem is, some of the best looking recipes are fairly complex. The idea when using a slow cooker is to save time, right? Therefore another bit of criteria I will insist upon is the recipe is relatively simple to make. There may be five or ten minutes of labor in the final cooking stages — it’s got to taste good — but that will be about it.
I’m off to a good start with the following recipe I found on Eating Well. I did make several changes to the recipe. If, for example, I’d followed it to the letter, the sauce would have been quite thin — far too thin to provide the sustenance I need to get through this holiday season. So I added cornstarch, which seemed to do the trick. Additionally, I upped the wine, garlic, and used bone-in thighs instead of boneless.
Mix a bit of cornstarch into the egg mixture, then whisk a cup of cooking liquid into it before returning it to the crock pot.
The bones impart a lot of flavor and were easy to dispose of prior to serving. I did, however, remove the fatty skin before cooking. I couldn’t remove every bit of fat, but I didn’t use any butter or oil and that extra bit of chicken fat added a lot of flavor.
This was particularly delicious comfort food, and makes great leftovers. I served the dish over rice to sop every last bit of that lemony sauce, but the potatoes may be plenty enough starch for you.
(Equipment Requirements: I use a 6 1/2 quart eLume slow cooker.)
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