Growing up we usually came home from church on Sunday to a wonderful hot meal. I love that but it can be challenging to get everything put together. Usually we end up having Roast, as it is so easy to prepare ahead of time. Well, I found this recipe last month and thought I would give it a try. It does go slightly against my desire for all slow cooker recipes—-you have to brown the chicken before putting it in the crock. (I like “magic pot” recipes where you just dump it all in and then poof….dinner is ready in a few hours).
This one was easy though and I was able to get it ready AND my family ready before leaving for church. It takes 5 to 6 hours on low or 2.5 to 3 hours on high. We did the “on high” version. I found the recipe on http://www.bhg.com/recipes.
Slow Cooker Coq Au Vin
Lightly coat an unheated large skillet with a bit of olive oil.
Preheat the skillet over medium heat.
Cook until brown:
- 3 lbs of chicken thighs, skinned
Place the chicken thighs in your slow cooker and sprinkle with:
- 1 envelope of beefy onion soup mix
Add to the slow cooker:
- 2 cups of sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1 onion- chopped
- 3 medium carrots, cut into 1/2 inch sticks
Pour over everything:
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup dry red wine
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2.5 to 3 hours.
Serve with mashed potatoes (instant in our case!) and a green salad.
Everyone in my family enjoyed this dish. My girls love chicken thighs and my handsome fella loves fresh mushrooms- so there was something for everyone!
This one will definitely make it into our Sunday rotation. I would suggest if you have a family larger than four, or big eaters, that you double the recipe or add more side dishes!
Oh- one funny side story. Sunday morning the girls came up for breakfast and I said, “what do you want for breakfast, we have the usual.” Em replied “why does it smell so much better than that then?”. I replied with a face that read “oh, so sorry” saying “Oh, that is lunch…sorry.”. She settled for cereal but I determined then to make a hot breakfast on the next morning- a holiday for us.