October 31, 2012

Slow-Cooker Garlic Chicken


As many of you know I love my slow-cooker. I literally use it at least once  a week. It wasn't always that way though. Growing-up I don't remember if my mother even owned a crock-pot. If she did I don't remember it being used. At all. I do remember the very scary old pressure cooker that she used at least once a week. The pressure gauge was the scariest thing and my mom made it worse by scaring me to death if I ever went near it. I was determined that it was going to fly off and attack me. I'm surprised that I don't still have nightmares about that kitchen tool. Luckily last year my mother-in-law was nice enough to give me a brand new pressure cooker/canner. My mother-in-law much like my mother loves her pressure cooker. She is always calling me and telling me about the meals she is making with it. One of my favorite dishes that she makes is a pork and chicken pasta sauce that is absolutely delicious. The meat literally falls off the bone. So last summer I learned to use the pressure canner and cooker and realized that it won't actually try to kill me in my kitchen. I still prefer my slow-cooker though and use it throughout the year. Last week I tried a new recipe for Slow-Cooker Garlic Chicken from Everyday Food Magazine, which looked simple and flavorful.

This recipe has 11 ingredients. It takes a total of 7 1/2 hours (on low), 25 minutes of which is active and makes 4 servings. I had no problems finding any of the ingredients at my local grocery store. Instead of a whole chicken I chose to use half thighs and half drumsticks. I really hate cutting-up whole chickens and avoid it when possible. Since I don't eat gluten I substituted brown rice flour for the all-purpose flour used in the recipe. My chicken took a lot longer than the four minutes per side to brown suggested by the recipe. I would estimate it took a total of 15 minutes. At the end of the browning time I de-glazed the pan with the white wine, which helped to scrape up the leftover brown bits adding to the flavor of the dish. Finally, instead of serving the chicken over couscous I served it over brown rice. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

My husband and two boys really loved this recipe. The chicken turned out very tender and the garlic was delicious. I ended up adding cornstarch to finish thickening the sauce, which worked well poured over the rice. I always cook on low in my slow-cooker since it's easier to start a dish in the morning when my house is calmer. A very easy slow-cooker recipe that made enough for multiple meals.

For the recipe go to Slow-Cooker Garlic Chicken.

25 comments:

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    1. Thanks :) It really is easy and yummy!

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  2. yummy, yummy, yummy all around. Anything with garlic I'm in!!! Love your recipes. Now following you so I don't miss anything.
    Thanks for stopping by and linking up with my Empowered Living Blog hop. Hope to see you again.

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    1. I love garlic also, yum! Thanks for the follow, Ive followed you for a while :)

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  3. This is making me a groupie of your site! I love love love your blog! My mouth is watering right now. Looks like I'll be getting my week's dinner from right here.

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    1. You're so sweet, thanks :) I hope you come back again soon and find some new recipes to try!

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  4. New follower from the Weekend social mix blog hop. I'm always looking for good slow cooker recipes for the busy days, so I'll probably be hanging around here often.

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    1. I love slow cooker recipes and I'm always look for new ones also :) I hope you find some new recipes to try!

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  5. Hi! Thank you for following me in GCF. I have followed your blog already! I love your blog! It's really helpful for me! :)

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  6. Wonderful! It's the same story for me. My mom never used a slow cooker and I struggle to find good recipes for my slow cooker. Thanks for linking up at Friday Food Fight and sharing this!

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    1. Glad that I'm not alone :) Thanks for hosting!

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  7. This looks for yummy!! I am your newest follower from the weekend social mix hop!! Would love a visit to my blogs at
    http://www.wonderfullymessymom.blogspot and
    http://www.wonderfullymessykitchen.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the follow, followed you back :) Come back again soon!

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  8. yummy...blessings from your new follower..Nicole at Seven Flowers

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    1. It really is yummy :) Thanks for the follow!

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  9. Found you via the blog hop. Love, love, love your site. Can't wait to try some recipes.

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comments :) I hope you find some new recipes to try!

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  10. Hello-- I wanted to say thank you for following me on Wine-n=Chat!! I am not following you back via GFC.

    I love my slow cooker. I have a large family so it is perfect for me to use the slow cooker a couple of times a week!! I am going to try this recipe this week and see how it turns out!! Thanks for sharing this one :)

    Cheers, Jenn

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    1. Slow cookers are the best! If you try the recipe tell me how it turns out :)

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  11. I am starting to use my crockpot more these day. love this! Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Happy Tuesday wishes xo P.S. sorry I'm so late visiting :-)

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  12. Hello - thanks for visiting me! This looks delicious. Will have to browse your posts - great blog!

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    1. Thanks :) I hope you find some new recipes to try!

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  13. Nice read! I like the suggestions.

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