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Quick and Easy Crock Pot Chicken

 

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Whole chicken with white wine gravy.

 

I get a lot of requests for an easy crock pot meal. Of course the request always wants something that’s not “boring” or just the “Usual” crock pot dish. I think I can deliver on this one.

 

I have an All Clad Crock pot that I love!! It has a coated insert that I can take out and place on my stove top to sauté, brown, fry or whatever it is I’m doing.

 

For today’s recipe I would normally take the crock pot insert and brown my garlic and onions on the stove top. This morning however, found myself in a hurry, as I had to leave the house early, for the day. It dawned on me that many of you are far busier than I am, especially those of you who have to work and get kids off to school and things like that.

 

Its for this reason that I decided I would not take the 10 minutes to brown the garlic and onions. Today I went super easy and just put everything in the crock pot, turned it on and left it. The results were excellent. Yes, browning the garlic and onions does give it more flavor (so if you have the time definitely DO IT), but that’s okay this is still great.

 

The recipe is simple. One of the ingredients is crème fraiche . (think sour cream).

Okay, what is crème fraiche? It is indeed like sour cream but with a higher butterfat content of approximately 28%, regular sour cream contains 18-20% of butterfat.

The flavor is more robust and sour. European countries have used crème fraiche for centuries, and it has been gaining popularity in the states for the last decade or so.

If you cant find crème fraiche then by all means use regular sour cream.

 

I’m using prosecco (a white sparkling wine for the Veneto region of Northeast Italy) but really any sweeter white wine will do.

 

 

  • 1 Whole Chicken- Giblets removed
  • 5 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1 sweet onion (chopped)
  • 6 stalks Celery- Chopped in ½-3/4” pieces
  • 1 pound carrots (around 2 cups) I used the baby carrots already peeled in the bag. Nice and easy.
  • 1 pound- yellow or white flesh potatoes left whole or cut in half depending on the size. (if you are using rice with this dish you may want to OMIT the potatoes)
  • 1 box (32 ounce) chicken broth
  • 32 ounces of water (as needed)
  • ½ cup Milk or heavy cream
  • 1 cup Crème fraiche

 

  • Remove giblets from chicken and rinse off, pat dry. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Coat Crock pot with 4 tablespoons of Olive oil…if you are browning your garlic and onions first, then this is where you will want to do this, other wise just add them in with the chicken.
  • Add celery, carrots and potatoes
  • Add the chicken broth and wine into crock pot, use enough water to cover the ingredients if there isn’t enough liquid.
  • Turn crock pot on low and let it go for hours. This encompasses most of the work, but we do to a few things towards the finish line.
  • When we come to finish this dish (its going to be in the crock pot for another hour or so) you need to taste and season accordingly. Does it need salt, pepper?
  • 15 Minutes to go- the Home Stretch.
  • In a small bowl add the milk or cream and stir in the crème fraiche (ALSO ADD 2T of flour to this mixture and whisk really well until combined and smooth).
  • Now this is a bit tricky because you don’t want this to curdle when you add it to the soup, so you need to “temper” it. To do this you will add some of the hot liquid to your cream mixture in the bowl, a little at a time and keep whisking. You want your cream mixture to be warm almost hot like the liquid in the crock pot.
  • Slowly add and whisk the mixture into the crock pot. (I know you will be doing this around all the stuff in the crock pot, so if you have a decent amount of the juice added to your tempered mix it will incorporate so much better and you can just stir it around in the crock pot)
  • Put the lid on and cook another 15 minutes. The gravy should have thickened up a bit. It won’t be as thick as your traditional gravy, but will be a like a heavier thicker broth.

 

This dish is best served in a bowl, with a heel of crusty bread and a beautiful salad. This is also so delicious over some rice.

 

Like always, try it out , let me know how it turns out and send pics.

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