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Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Stew

By Sweetpeasandsaffron

Two weeks ago was still pretty summery.  Last week was winter {see my Instagram :( :( :( }.  This week seems to be pretty autumny.

Mother Nature is trying to keep us on our toes.  I have to check the Weather Network before dressing in the morning!

Whatever the weather is doing, I am doing my own thing.  It’s called soups and stews.  And big chunks of bread.

Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Stew

Basically, my slow cooker has come out to play again.

I am still pretty new to the whole slow cooker thing; we never had one growing up, and  I am slowly learning what you can and cannot do in a slow cooker.

Can: big tough cuts of meat…after hours in the slow cooker they are heavenly soft and falling apart.  Example: Slow Cooker Jamaican Beef Tacos with Mango Salsa.

Cannot: actually cook chicken for 10 hours, even though that’s what the temperature setting says.  Example: um, that one did NOT make it on the blog!

DO:  add more spices and seasoning to the slow cooker just before serving.  Love this one, I used this tip in the Slow Cooker Chicken & Sweet Potato Korma, and that step is the magical step.

Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Stew

Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Stew

This recipe is another one inspired by something my mom cooked for us just after Kai was born.  I remember looking at this chicken stew and not thinking much of it.  But then we dug in {with huge chunks of bread, completely mandatory!} and…holy yum.

The potatoes and the chicken and rosemary and THE BREAD…just so delicious, soul-warming and not a drop {or a crumb} were left behind.

Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Stew

Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Stew

 With that stew as an inspiration, I set out to recreate it in slow cooker form….but once I got going, it evolved into a new version, that tasted completely different, but still totally delicious and comforting, and {duh} amenable to bread-dunking.

I added some crushed fennel seeds, because I love the flavor it gives to soups and stews.  The rosemary is also delish, make sure you try to get the fresh stuff, it makes a big difference!  I added some white wine because I can’t NOT add white wine to my soups.  Just can’t.  And my favorite part was the addition of a few teaspoons of balsamic vinegar just before serving.  It gives it a tiny hint of sweet and a teeny bit of tanginess.

My FAVORITE PART: throw it all in the crockpot and hit start.  Walk away for 4-6 hours.  I lovvvvve this.  {Yes, browning your chicken and then deglazing the pan with the wine adds more flavor, but the non-browned version is still reeeeally good, great news for us lazy busy people}.

So.  Are you guys ready for some slow cooker recipes?  I’m just getting started

;)

Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Stew  
SLOW COOKER TUSCAN CHICKEN STEW
Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 4 hours Total time 4 hours 20 mins   This easy slow cooker recipe simmers chicken, potatoes and rosemary with vegetables for a delicious and flavorful supper. Author: Denise Serves: 4 Ingredients
  • 6-8 chicken thighs, fat removed and cut into 1-2 inch cubes
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1 small-medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1¾ cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds, crushed with side of knife
Just before serving:
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1½ tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • a twig of fresh rosemary {roughly 1 tsp chopped}
  • ½ tsp salt {to taste}
Instructions
  1. Toss chicken, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, tomatoes, chicken stock, tomato paste, wine, and fennel seeds into the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on the lowest setting for 4-6 hours.
  3. Just before serving, combine the corn starch with the water and mix until no lumps remain.
  4. Add the water/cornstarch, balsamic vinegar, rosemary and salt. Taste and add additional salt if necessary.
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