Slow cooker chicken thighs served with hearty vegetables is a complete meal made easy! Tender pieces of chicken, potatoes, carrots, and corn, all simmered in a lemon garlic herb sauce.
Slow cooker chicken thighs are the perfect meal for those lazy Sunday suppers, or during the busy week to have ready when you get home. Protein and hearty root vegetables are simmered in a light lemon sauce with for a delicious dinner masterpiece. As an optional step, you can elevate this dish by sauteing the meat to add color and texture. All of the ingredients then get quickly placed in the Crock-Pot so that you can free up time for yourself.
The chicken thighs are braised in the cooking vessel, creating tender pieces of meat and vegetables that absorb the fragrant gravy. Adding in fresh rosemary and thyme create an earthy and comforting flavor in the sauce. Make sure to drizzle a little extra all over. It’s a guaranteed meal time hit!
Braising is an essential technique that cooks larger cuts of meat, partially covered in a liquid in a consistent heated environment, for an extended period. With a little bit of patience, the collagen in the connective tissues of the meat break down and turn into gelatin, adding flavor and body to the sauce. The slow cooker creates the ideal moist and hot environment for all of the ingredients to tenderize.
The best part of this recipe is that the sauce is made right in the pot, thickening and becoming more flavorful as time goes by. This is because a mixture of chicken stock, flour, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, and thyme is given a chance to simmer together gently. As the temperature gradually increases in the sealed crock-pot, this allows the starches in the flour to absorb the liquid, swell and gelatinize at its end point cooking temperature for maximum thickness.
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