Slow-Cooker Rosemary Garlic Chicken

11 Aug

Slow Cooker Rosemary Chicken

I’m building up my arsenal of slow-cooker meals to prepare myself for the return of the school year. This recipe is a good starting point but needed a little jazzing up. On my first attempt the chicken ended up too dry, so I changed the directions to cook the meat on LOW for about 4 hours. I’m not sure if allowing the chicken to sit in the broth while cooking would also help, but I may try that next time. I also added a few extra seasoning to give the chicken more flavor. I’m not sure if browning the meat is actually necessary, but it did give it a good color. You can also throw some cut red or Yukon gold potatoes  in the pot (tossed in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper) in the slow cooker as well to make this a a complete meal.


Slow-Cooker Rosemary Garlic Chicken

INGREDIENTS
4 carrots, whole or chopped into large pieces
3-4 lbs bone-in chicken thighs or leg quarters
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
6 garlic cloves, sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken broth

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place carrots in a single layer in a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Remove skin from chicken, and trim fat. In a small bowl, stir together salt, oregano, garlic powder, pepper, paprika, and rosemary. Rub mixture over chicken.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, sauté garlic for about 2 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a bowl using a slotted spoon; reserve oil in skillet. In batches, cook prepared chicken pieces in the reserved oil for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until deep golden brown. Transfer to slow cooker, reserving drippings in skillet.
  4. Add garlic back to the skillet and pour in broth. Cook broth for about 1 minute, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet; and pour over chicken in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 4-5 hours.
  5. Transfer chicken to a serving platter and serve with some of the remaining juices from the slow cooker.
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