Slow-Cooker Chicken Chasseur

"From The America's Test Kitchen Cookbook., the same folks as Cook's Illustrated. I haven't tried it yet. The chicken pieces should still have both the bone in and the skin on."
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  • Cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Add bbacon to the crockpot. Reserve the bacon fat separately. You should have at least 2 T. If not, use vegetable oil for the missing fat.
  • Dry chicken with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Add 2 t. bacon fat to the skillet. Heat over medium-high heat until just smoking. Brown half of the chicken on both sides, about 10 minutes. Put in the crockpot. (Remove the browned skin if using thighs.) Return the skillet to medium high heat and repeat with 2 more teaspoons of fat and the rest of the chicken. Discard any fat left in the skillet.
  • Add the remaining 2 t. fat to empty skillet. Heat over medium heat until shimmering. Add cremini's, red onion and 1/4 teaspoons salt. Cook until mushroom are brown, 10-15 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Cook for 15 seconds. Stir in wine and tomato paste, scraping up any browned bits. Simmer until the wine has reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Put in crockpot.
  • Add tomatoes, 1.5 cups broth, porcini's, thyme, bay leaves and red pepper flakes to crockpot. Cover and cook on low until chicken is tender, about 4 hours.
  • Transfer chicken to large serving dish. Tent loosely with foil.
  • Discard bay leaves. Set the crockpot to high. Whisk flour with remaining 1/2 cup broth until smooth. Stir into crockpot. Cover and continue to cook until sauce is thickened and no longer tastes of flour, 15 to 30 minutes longer.
  • Stir in parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon vegetables and some of the sauce over the chicken. Serve, passing the remaining sauce separately.

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  1. Followed as closely as I could. My wife loved it. In addition to white wine I added a shot of Cognac.
  2. I followed this recipe to the letter very bland horrible <br/>Have three young children who also tried this meal one little mouthful and they even turned their noses up at it. One child loves food and will eat anything but this one no chance horrid <br/>My new partner also didn't like it and neither did I <br/>All the cost of ingredients and a waste.<br/>Wouldn't bother find another recipe and adjust for the slow cooker lot better recipes for this one of which I will be trying in future <br/>So cross this of your list and find another one <br/>Greatly disappointed especially with the cost and time spent preparing it <br/>But you don't no until you try these things <br/>Yuk horrid disgusting
  3. Yum! My hubby hates tomatoes but loved this recipe! I used thighs and removed the skin as suggested. I used real diced tomato because I couldn't find my can. I think I used a little too much flour at the end because it got way too think. I think because I didn't use the can of tomato it ended up being un-salty. We had to add a little to give it some depth. I also used turkey bacon since we don't normally eat pork. Otherwise it was really good! Served over rice and made for ZWT5-RRR.



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