Before attempting this very easy-looking recipe, I read and considered each of the reviews/comments. They all were very helpful!
As an artist, I draft & create prototypes with cheap materials before attempting The Masterpiece. I decided to try the same approach with this recipe and made several modifications.
Don't laugh, but I used the entire 5# box! I started cooking this on high first, at 1pm.
Bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed, trimmed of fat
2 Cups of White grape juice, Juicy Juice Brand
Mccormick Poultry Seasoning [Go ahead, SEASON IT!]
3 Tablespoons of Mitsukan Rice Vinegar
After an hour, I added:
6 Shallots, peeled and halved
3 large carrots, peeled and cut
Garlic, entire bulb, peeled
1/2 bunch of celery, diced
Three hours into cooking on high, at about 4pm,
I added 5 Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
After 4 hours of cooking on high, the chicken was cooked well. I turned the heat down to warm and then added the White button mushrooms, 1/2 pound, cleaned & halved. I didn't need to add salt, because this was served up with Pillsbury Crescent Rolls at dinnertime.
I understand the whole idea of Crockpot cooking is to place all the ingredients in at once and walk out the door. However, this recipe was still very easy and wasn't much of an inconvenience to me at all. If anything, make it ahead and serve it up later in the week.
I gave the recipe five stars because it turned out great with the modifications and the family really loved it! I'll definitely give this recipe a shot with the Sweet potatoes and maybe even try other types of potatoes as well. After all, stew is stew.