Chicken thighs stay moist and succulent during slow cooking, infusing the accompanying vegetables with superb flavor. This easy braise has a luxurious finish of avgolémono, a versatile Greek sauce made with egg, lemon and fresh dill.

Patsy Jamieson
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2008

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total:
3 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Spread carrots and potatoes over the bottom and up the sides of a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Arrange chicken on top of the vegetables. Bring broth, wine, garlic and salt to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Pour over the chicken and vegetables. Cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours on high or 4 to 4 1/2 hours on low.

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  • Add artichokes to the slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk egg, egg yolks and lemon juice in a medium bowl.

  • Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a serving bowl using a slotted spoon. Cover and keep warm. Ladle about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid into the egg mixture. Whisk until smooth. Whisk the egg mixture into the remaining cooking liquid in the slow cooker. Cover and cook, whisking 2 or 3 times, until slightly thickened and sauce reaches 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in dill and pepper. Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables and serve.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Freezing is not recommended. | Prep ahead: Peel and cut potatoes; cover with water. Trim chicken thighs. Combine broth, wine and minced garlic. Refrigerate in separate covered containers for up to 1 day.

For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

326 calories; protein 29g 58% DV; carbohydrates 27.8g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 5g 20% DV; sugars 4.9g; fat 10g 15% DV; saturated fat 3g 15% DV; cholesterol 213.9mg 71% DV; vitamin a iu 12972.4IU 259% DV; vitamin c 21.1mg 35% DV; folate 43.1mcg 11% DV; calcium 54.2mg 5% DV; iron 2mg 11% DV; magnesium 49.6mg 18% DV; potassium 822mg 23% DV; sodium 777.6mg 31% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 23% DV.

Reviews (43)

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43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2018
I think this recipe is fantastic. I did adapt it to be made on the stove with chicken breast cubed. I saute the chicken then add the broth mixture (don't heat first) bring to a boil then added the potatoes and carrots. Cook until they are tender and then add the artichokes. I make the egg lemon and just scoop out 1/2 cup liquid from the pot and add back in and thicken. I find this method a lot faster and tastier than the slow cooker one. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2015
Yum!!! But I would use chicken breasts next time I made this meal one evening and refrigerated it for the following days lunch and dinner. The meal prep was easy and straightforward make sure you allot for the extra 20-30 mins for the egg & lemon part. I followed the recipe list exactly but did add some additional pepper at the end and added an extra - of white wine. After the meal was done the chicken thighs shrunk to about - of their original size they had good flavor but they were pretty tiny. Next time I would use chicken breasts and add about 7-8 oz more chicken broth to ensure there is enough liquid. I felt this meal had great flavor -- perfect combination of lemon wine & dill. I would definitely make this again. Pros: Nice even flavor of lemon and dill. Veggies were cooked just right Cons: Chicken thighs shrunk to half their original size. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/19/2014
Unappealing. This was just unappetizing with a bland taste. The chicken thighs looked pale the bland yellow sauce accentuated them. I used sweet potatoes. Will not make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2013
Delicious with ton of flavor I love this recipe and to make it juicier I had to make more broth and added more wine. Will make it again as my 1.5 year old loved it. One thing doesn't make any sense to me why use low sodium broth if you are still adding salt afterwards? Maybe something I don't know? Pros: Easy full of flavor kid friendly Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2013
Fantastic! I don't understand all the critical reviews. My husband and I are both very critical of food. This was delicious and will be added to our frequently used recipes. We did use dry dill weed instead of fresh dill but other than that we followed the recipe exactly. Pros: Easy to make delicious creates leftovers Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2013
Delicious! I too am confused by all the bad reviews. I even had to use dried dill and I was still very happy with the final product. I also emulsified the lemon juice and eggs with my food processor rather than trying to hand whisk them. I will definitely be making this again. Pros: Tender Chicken Tangy & Creamy Sauce Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/02/2013
Disgusting and a waste of time Even with the suggestions from other reviews this recipe was NASTY. My husband ate it all I think out of pity for me. The easiest part was waiting for it to be cooked but the sauce was not good and the chicken ended up dry. I would shorten the cook time if you cook on low. Then again I will never make this recipe again. GROSS.! Pros: None Cons: Takes too long to prepare and lacks flavor Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2013
I would make it again. I browned the chicken in a pan before hand to add color/flavor/texture. I had trouble getting the sauce to thicken so I too used some cornstarch. I was making a vegetarian version at the same time and had no trouble getting the smaller portion to thicken as in the recipe. Pros: Tasty change-up from the regular slow cooker meals Cons: Not quite as delicious as I had imagined especially compared to the work involved. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2013
Great winter meal that isn't too heavy This is the second time I've made this recipe and I made a couple changes based on the first go round. I only used 1 whole egg and one yoke. I also whisked in about 2 Tbs of corn starch to the broth while simmering at the end. The consistancy of the sauce was perfect. This is one of my new favorite recipes. It's a good comfort meal for the winter without being too heavy. The leftovers are also really good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2012
with a twist I first read most of the comments and decided to give this a try myself. As I went to prepare it; however I found I didn't have all the right ingredients so I improvised. Instead of regular potatoes I had to use sweet potatoes. I also didn't have any lemon or lime juice but I did have citrus soy sauce so I used that. I also put some dried dill in with the garlic and then more at the end. Like others I added a little extra wine. Since many comments included lack of thickening in the end I added an additional egg yoke and found it thickened it up nicely but not too much. I let it cook on low over night and finished it for lunch the next day. It tastes quite good in my opinion. It strikes me as both light and hearty at the same time which I attribute to the lighter sauce and the citrus tones combined with hearty veggies. The sweet potatoes added a lot of flavor. Pros: refreshing yet hardy Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/06/2012
Tasty but dry I loved the taste but my chicken was dry. I suspect it is because I cooked it on high instead of low. And my sauce/broth didnt thicken at all but it was still good. And some of the artichoke hearts were too spikey to eat so next time I think I will cook them longer. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2012
Great with changes Even my picky hubby liked this but I made several changes based on all the previous reviews. Here's a compilation: - Season the chicken with salt pepper dried oregano and dried dill before you add it to the slow cooker - Use regular chicken broth (not low sodium) and double the wine and garlic. Add 2-3 bay leaves. - The sauce was a bit runny but everyone said it had good flavor. I added plenty of salt and pepper. I might try a bit of cornstarch in the future too. Pros: Easy healthy tasty Cons: Must tweak Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2012
Wonderful Flavor The entire family (including a 1 & 3 year old) loved this. I can't imagine the other reviews saying no flavor. Maybe it's a sophisticated palate that appreciates this. I would recommend it to anyone. Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/16/2012
Not So much The only reason I didn't give it one star was because we ate it. At least we didn't throw it out. I agree with one of the other reviewers that stated the flavors didn't seem to go well together. I won't make it again. The sauce was runny and the combination was just not appetizing. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2012
Enjoyed It Easy tasty recipe for the slow cooker. I put my chicken in frozen and cooked on high for 4 hours. I find this keeps the boneless/skinless chicken pieces from drying out while ensuring that the harder veggies get done. I might add more artichokes next time since my kids really like those. The whole family really enjoyed this dish which is always a plus with three children! Pros: Easy to prepare kids liked it. Cons: Not ready to serve right away when I get home. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2012
Hearty and Delicious Someone suggested putting oregano and bay leafs in it and that gave it a better taste and you really have to give the eggs a good whisk to thicken the sauce. I love this recipe and I make it often. Pros: Cooks all in one pot Cons: You have to whisk in eggs at the end so its a bit time consuming but worth it Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2012
Absolutely Delicious Ever since I found this recipe I've made it on several occasions and it always comes out fantastic. I don't understand why it's gotten so many bad reviews but we love it in my family! Pros: Goes a long way Cons: Takes some effort Read More
Rating: 1 stars
01/19/2012
Lacked flavor was just discusting. A waste of food theses items just don't mix well together. We threw it out and had to make something else for dinner afterwards. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/15/2012
Eh I followed everything and idk if i did something wrong but it kind of lacked flavor and the sauce was watery:/ idk that I'd make it again Pros: The chicken and vegs were good Cons: The sauce came out to watery and there wasn't much flavor to it Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/13/2012
It was just OKAT It isnt something I will make again unless I seriously TWEAK the recipe. I Think the whole point of a crock pot is to let all the seasonings flavor the meat and adding the dill last is just wierd to me but I followed the directions to a T. IF I try this I will cook the thigh in the wine broth and fresh basil dill and oregano vs adding the dill last. It was also in desperate need of some salt but that could just be my own preference. I'll triple the garlic as well I LOVE garlic. Also some heat wouldve been nice... maybe some crushed red pepper towards the end. I will also add zucchini because i think it would be a nice edition. Overall this recipe was OKAY but it definatley has potential. If your sauce doesn't thicken add a tablespoon of cornstarch to a bit of cool water OR two tablespoons of flour directly into the sauce bring to a boil and voila! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Very tasty and very easy (especially if you use baby carrots -- just throw in a one-pound bag). I ended up cooking it longer than directed because of timing issues but it seemed totally fine in terms of flavor (carrots and potatoes were starting to fall apart by then but not a big deal to me). Lemon flavor wasn't overpowering at all but definitely use freshly squeezed juice. And the dill is a wonderful key flavor so don't leave it out. We'll be making this again! susannahclair Alexandria VA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
There was nothing special to this recipe. I followed the directions exactly. Very bland and mediocre for food that simmered in the crock pot for 5 hours. Deanna Ft. Lauderdale FL Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe was very bland and nothing special. I ended up using the leftover chicken for chicken salad. Won't be making this recipe again. Lisa Greensboro NC Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I really disliked this recipe. It was awful. Ana Boston MA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Very yummy! We look forward to making it again! Wouldn't change a thing! Celena Moscow ID Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Very good. It satisfied my craving for Greek flavors and my kids really liked the sauce. Do not skimp on the dill. Scarehaircare Boise ID Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My family (4 kids husband) all love this recipe! The first time I made it I didn't have time to add the artichokes eggs & lemon juice so I served it as is over rice and everyone raved. The second time I made it the day before through step one and then made the sauce on the stovetop. Obviously the taste was totally different than the first time but it was a huge hit too. This is going in our list of favorites and will be a regular at our house! YUM! JennyLiz Goodyear AZ Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was a very flavorful soup. I doubled the garlic and that seemed to complement the strong lemon flavor. Easy to make though a bit labor-intensive for a slow cooker recipe. Sara Colchester VT Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Very good. I'm not a fan of chicken thighs so we used 3 boneless chicken breasts instead. My husband thought thighs were more expensive anyway. I guess it takes more chickens to provide 2 lbs of thighs than it does breasts. The sauce still wasn't thick enough to suit us after 20 minutes of cooking on High in the crock pot. We transferred to a medium sauce pan added about 1 tablespoon or so of cornstarch (mixed with a little water first) and cooked on the stove until it thickened. We did not think the bottled lemon juice was overpowering. We'll add another carrot or two next time to make sure it has enough color. Joy Morganton NC Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
OMG this was so yummy and so flippin' easy. My hubby and I enjoyed every last bit. I used 1/3 cup of lemon juice as the recipe instructed and didn't find it too lemony. After reading the first review I decided to use fresh lemon juice maybe that's why it tasted OK. Hilary Baltimore MD Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My wife and I liked this very much. We made this a little differently than the recipe called for. The only bad thing about the dish was the artichokes. They we too over powering (I rinsed as directed). I received a new dutch oven for Christmas and had to try it out. First I used a little olive oil and lightly browned the chicken. Then I removed the chicken and added the fluids as directed. I deglazed the pan and added the vegetable topped by the chicken. Covered and simmered until done. The rest of the direction I followed exact. Rubin Everett WA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
It would have been great except that I used fake lemon juice and it was so overpowering--i think i would try it again but only use half the called for amount of lemon juice and make sure to use the real thing. Ani Vergennes VT Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I hesitated making this because of the some of the poor reviews but there were enough good reviews that made me try it. I was terribly disappointed in this recipe. It was a bit too labor intensive for a crock pot recipe and even though I added extra fresh lemon juice and fresh dill it was very bland and watery. I won't be making this one again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Now what I would really like is for receipes to portioned for one person. 6 serving portions is not good for one person. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I don't know why this recipe turned out so bland and watery for so many people; it turned out flavorful and creamy for me! The only things I changed about the recipe was that I added a little extra wine (haha whoops) I used bone-in chicken thighs (the bones always add so much depth and flavor) and I added some dried oregano and a few bay leaves. The eggs made the sauce creamy the lemon gave it a little zip and the dill made it interesting and rounded out the whole dish. It's hearty and filling I think it's definitely worth giving a try. Good luck! C.M. San Antonio TX Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This is a regular meal at our house and turns out perfect every time. I sub extra chicken broth in place of the wine and make homemade pita bread to soak up the broth. I serve this often enough that I keep canned artichokes in the pantry. Scarehaircare Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I love this recipe! (I'm surprised there are so many poor reviews) I've made it 4 or 5 times and the only trouble I've had has been curdled eggs that I've added too quickly. Even then my husband and I love it. I usually skip the wine and use bone-in thighs. Thanks for a wonderful recipe! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
This was good - I had to leave the crock pot on all day (rather than just 4 hrs) so I used bone-in chicken thighs skinned and frozen the night before. I put them in frozen and the chicken was perfect by dinnertime. I served the sauce separately - couldn't get my kids to try the sauce but they loved the chicken and potatoes! The sauce never thickened up on me the way the recipe said but it was still good. I would make this again but not frequently. It's a little more work than I'm used to for a crock pot recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
This was an easy recipe and I would make it again. I used bone-in thighs and doubled the wine and garlic cooked the chicken in the slow cooker over night refrigerated the chicken veggies and pan drippings separately then re-heated the chicken (in the oven) and veggies (in the microwave) and made the sauce (on the stovetop) at dinner time. It tasted good but the sauce did not thicken as it should have. If there were cornstarch handy I definitely would have added it but I was out of luck. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
We didn't love this dish. I added extra garlic but it was still pretty bland and the sauce was thin. The extra step at the end was inconvenient since I usually only use the crock pot when we have an especially busy evening. It was disappointing. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I have to admit that for all of the effort I put into making this recipe it's not as good as I had hoped it would be. I didn't take the comments too seriously because I am not a big foodie and typically like food that others might consider bland - blame it on my Central PA upbringing. But this recipe was bland even for me. If you try this I recommend using regular chicken broth. And you might want to add a few more herbs - I think someone posted a list of ingredients he/she added that did the trick. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious Flavor; Too Watery This is a disappointing recipe in that it tastes so good but it's too watery. I guess other people had the same problem so it's safe to say there's something that needs to be adjusted to give it a creamier consistency. I used fresh lemon juice and nixed the artichoke hearts as I do not care for them. Pros: Delicious flavor Cons: Too Watery Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Tasty tasty tasty!! I don't know why people keep saying it's too watery they must be doing something wrong 'cuz the sauce comes out creamy every time I make it. The only thing I changed was I doubled the garlic and wine (per one reviewer's suggestion) and I added some of my favorite herb blend to the chicken and vegetables. It's not very difficult to make probably no good for a working woman or a busy errand day but if you wanna make a good meal without slaving over it for hours this is the one for you. Five stars!:-) Pros: Delicious and fairly simple Cons: None! Read More