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This dish looks a mess but tastes wonderful.
I used thighs and drumsticks.
Getting the bacon cooked.
Then the chicken.
A great, hearty dish.
Slow-Cooker Chicken With Bacon, Mushrooms, and Onions
prep 35m ∙ cook 7hr 00m ∙ makes 6 ∙ source Realsimple.com
- 1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
- 1 4- to 6-pound chicken, cut up
- 1/2 cup dry white wine (or 1/4 cup dry vermouth plus 1/4 cup water)
- 1/2 pound small white mushrooms
- 1 cup frozen small white onions, thawed
- 6 garlic cloves, chopped
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary (or 1 tablespoon dried rosemary leaves)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-low heat until crisp. With a slotted spoon, transfer it to a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Pour off all but a light coating of fat from the skillet. Add the chicken and brown over medium-high heat; transfer to the cooker.
2. Pour the wine into the skillet and scrape up any browned bits; add the skillet contents to the cooker, along with the mushrooms, onions, garlic, rosemary, and salt. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours, or on high for 3 hours.
3. Transfer the chicken, bacon, and vegetables to a platter; keep warm. Pour the sauce into a small saucepan. Combine the water and cornstarch; stir it into the sauce. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Pour over the chicken.