Thursday, October 10, 2013

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

I am out of the house 10 hours door to door when I go to the city.   Therefore, I only make chicken recipes in the slow cooker when I am working from home; otherwise it gets all dried out.

Today I worked from home.  Guess what we had? Chicken Stew!  The meat was actually tender and juicy -- I don't remember the last time I had slow cooker chicken that was tender and juicy!  What an exciting day.

I mentioned that you can't go wrong with Martha Stewart recipes.  You know who else you can't go wrong with?  She's on the other end of the spectrum from Martha.  Betty Crocker.  Was she a real person? 
I digress.

Here is Betty's recipe!
Betty Crocker


3 medium potatoes (about 1 lb), cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
2 cups baby-cut carrots
1 package (8 oz) fresh whole mushrooms, each cut in half
2 packages (20 oz each) boneless skinless chicken thighs (I took mine right out of the freezer and put them in)
1/2 teaspoon salt (I didn't use any)
1 teaspoon instant chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 jar (18 oz) roasted chicken gravy
1/2 cup dry white wine or water

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew
I took my older son to a birthday party at 5:00, so didn't have time to take a picture.  This is Betty's picture, but ours looked just as fab. ;)
In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, toss potatoes, carrots and mushrooms.
Arrange chicken on vegetable mixture.
Sprinkle salt, onion and garlic powder over chicken.
Stir tomato paste into jar of gravy.
Pour gravy mixture and wine over all.
Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.

Get It Done Tip: It is a worthy investment to buy a programmable slow cooker.  If you are out longer than the cooking time it will switch to "warm" so it doesn't overcook your dinner. This is the one I used today.
A bigger one, for roasts or larger dinners, is this one which browns, sautes, steams and slow cooks all in one.  An investment, but a mega time saver.  Just be careful when cleaning the base - the control panel needs to be kept dry.

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