Savory Braised Chicken…A Slow Cooker Recipe From Sweet Basil

wine-and-tomato-braised-chicken_400X400For a weeknight meal, prepare Steps 1 & 2, cover and refrigerate bacon and sauce separately the night before. Place in the crockpot as you’re drinking your morning coffee, and it’s ready that evening. Serve over pasta for a fabulous meal!


▪4 slices bacon (turkey bacon works well!)

▪1 large onion, thinly sliced

▪4 cloves garlic, minced

▪2 tsp. fresh or dried sage, crumbled

▪1 tsp. fresh or dried basil, chopped

▪1 tsp. fresh or dried thyme, chopped

▪1 tsp. fennel seeds

▪1 tsp. freshly ground pepper

▪1 bay leaf, chopped

▪1 cup Holland House white cooking wine

▪about 2 lbs. of fresh tomatoes, or a 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, with juice, coarsely chopped

▪1 teaspoon salt

▪10 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 3/4 pounds), skin removed, trimmed

▪1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Crumble when cool.
  2. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons fat from the pan. Add onion and cook over medium heat, stirring, until softened, 3 to 6 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, fennel seeds, pepper and bay leaf and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add wine, bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, scraping up any browned bits. Add tomatoes and their juice and salt; stir well.
  3. Place chicken thighs in a 4-quart (or larger) slow cooker. Sprinkle the bacon over the chicken. Pour the tomato mixture over the chicken. Cover and cook until the chicken is very tender, about 3 hours on High or 6 hours on Low. Serve sprinkled with parsley.


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Recipe post by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Recipe courtesy of Tisha Johnson Matthews, Sweet Basil Farms, with photo courtesy of kitchen daily. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.

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