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A blanquette is a classic French stew of veal, chicken or lamb with mushrooms in a velvety sauce. This concept has been adapted to the slow cooker to make a lightened-up version using chicken thighs. Just a little whipping cream (which is less inclined to break down than lighter creams and gives more density to the sauce) adds richness. This is delightful over egg noodles.


Recipe Summary

4 hrs 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine mushrooms, shallots, oil and 1/4 cup water in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven. Cover and cook over high heat, stirring often, until mushrooms are juicy, 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms are lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add broth, carrots, thyme and bay leaves; bring to a boil.

  • Place chicken in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker (or see Simmered Stew variation, below). Lay lemon slices on top. Turn heat to high. Carefully pour in the vegetable mixture. Cover and cook until the chicken is very tender, 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

  • With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken and vegetables to a bowl; discard bay leaves and lemon slices. Skim fat and pour the juices into a large saucepan; add lemon zest. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until reduced to 2 cups, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Mix cornstarch with remaining 1/4 cup water in a small bowl. Add to the pan and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened. Add cream and lemon juice and stir until the sauce comes to a boil. Return the chicken and vegetables to the sauce and heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Just before serving, stir in peas and parsley.

  • Simmered Stew variation:

  • Total: 1 1/2 hours

  • In Step 1, use only 1 1/2 cups broth.

  • In Step 2, add chicken, lemon slices and lemon zest to the Dutch oven. Cover and simmer gently over low heat until the chicken is very tender, about 45 minutes. Discard lemon slices and bay leaves.

  • Stir in cornstarch mixture (see Step 4), cream, peas and parsley. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring often. Add lemon juice and salt.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4 up to adding the peas and parsley. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator, if necessary, and reheat; just before serving, stir in peas and parsley.

Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker (or see Simmered Stew variation, below)

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

1 cup
319 calories; protein 31.2g; carbohydrates 16.5g; dietary fiber 3g; sugars 5.3g; fat 14.6g; saturated fat 4.9g; cholesterol 99.2mg; vitamin a iu 5015.1IU; vitamin c 19.4mg; folate 66.1mcg; calcium 61.4mg; iron 3.1mg; magnesium 47.4mg; potassium 856.7mg; sodium 700.9mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

2 vegetable, 3 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat