A few minutes of active time and then you walk away to let the slow cooker do its magic! Don’t you love slow cooking? Put ingredients in it in the morning and come back in the evening to dinner. It doesn’t get much easier than this slow cooker chicken and onions!
Do you ever get writer’s block?
I can usually get through it since I have my topic and a few notes on how the recipe worked or tips or problems. Once I get going, the words just come and I have an informative write-up to go with my recipe.
This week, not so much.
The recipe was there and all set but nothing else. I’d open the file and look at it then open facebook then do some cleaning and so on. I did at least channel some of my energy into taking photos of a couple of soups, some donuts, and a quick chicken saute. As well as testing out a few other recipes. However, none of this does any good if I don’t tell y’all about it!
Anyway, I started writing this little intro about my struggles with writer’s block in my head earlier today (while I was watching my daughter go sledding with her friends – lovely winter weather here today) and, once I got home and ate some dinner I knew it was time.
Time to write and here are the words. 🙂
Actually, first I spent about half an hour looking up bullet journaling. Procrastination thy name is Annemarie!
Do you use a bullet journal?
I’m still trying to figure out the system they use, but I think I have the idea now. And I need two of them. One for recipes and cooking related notes and one to keep track of blog tasks, life tasks, and whatever else I want to keep track of through the year.
I was thinking I’d just intersperse the recipes, but I write down a lot of recipes. Better to keep them to themselves, though I seriously need the index and maybe a simple calendar in my recipe journal. I’m always flipping back saying ‘I know I made slow cooker chicken and onions, where is it?’ or ‘hey, I never took pictures of that lobster bisque’ as I flip past it to find another recipe. I need to get organized!
So, I’m nearly done with this entry, but I have to talk about the recipe. 🙂
Basically, it really yummy. It’s really easy. And it doesn’t look like much. How exciting can shredded chicken in onion gravy enriched with plenty of cheese look? Yeah, those photos are maximum excitement. (I’m actually darn happy with them. Nice and sharp. Some tasty homemade pitas in the background. Plenty of dramatic lighting. I’m getting pretty good at this food photo thing.)
But eating the chicken?
Your taste buds will be happy you did. It’s total comfort food. The onions are sweet and melt right into the broth. The cheese gives the broth some nice depth. The chicken is totally tender. And all you had to do was saute a few things in the morning, then go away!
– Happy Slow Cooking, Annemarie
Turn on the slow cooker and come home to this recipe of chicken thighs cooked into a comforting stew with a rich, onion and cheese gravy. Great served over roasted winter squash or mashed potatoes! And wonderful for sandwiches the next day.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 1 1/2 lbs
- flour, for dredging chicken
- 2 large white onions, halved and thinly sliced
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp dried sage
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 4 oz havarti cheese, grated
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge the chicken in flour, shaking off any excess. Cook chicken until browned, 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Add onions and salt to the skillet and cook on medium-low, stirring until softened but not browned, about 10 minutes.
Pour onions into slow cooker. Stir in tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, and sage. Place chicken on top and pour wine over. Close cover and cook for 8-9 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high.
Mix the cheese with the tablespoon of flour and stir it into the slow cooker. Put it back on high for 30-45 minutes. Stir in parsley and serve.