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Here chicken thighs cook in a simple herb-infused tomato-and-wine sauce. The bone-in thighs give it plenty of hearty flavor, and since you cook them without the skin, it keeps the dish healthy. There's plenty of sauce, so serve it over pappardelle or brown rice. Steamed broccoli or sautéed broccoli rabe tossed with olive oil and a splash of lemon juice complete the meal.

Judith Finlayson
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2011

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total:
6 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
10
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Crumble when cool.

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  • 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.

  • 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. Remove the bay leaf. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare Steps 1 & 2, cover and refrigerate bacon and sauce separately for up to 1 day. To finish, bring the sauce to a simmer and continue with Step 3. The cooked chicken and sauce can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Equipment: 4-quart or larger slow cooker

Tip: If you prefer, substitute 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth mixed with 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice for the wine.

Turn 2 cups each of leftover chicken and sauce into Braised Chicken Gumbo.

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

240 calories; protein 23.6g; carbohydrates 5.2g; dietary fiber 1.7g; sugars 2.5g; fat 11.7g; saturated fat 3.3g; cholesterol 84.2mg; vitamin a iu 512.8IU; vitamin c 13.1mg; folate 18.1mcg; calcium 49.2mg; iron 2.1mg; magnesium 32.8mg; potassium 371.4mg; sodium 395.5mg; thiamin 0.5mg.
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