Watch how to make tender garlic parmesan herb chicken

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Slow cookers are great for getting juicy, tender meat out of rough cuts. The slow cook breaks down chewy fibers and is great for stewing everything in its natural juices. Still, even the biggest slow cooker fan will tell you that there are some things that just can't or shouldn't be done in a slow cooker. For example, there is no way of getting any kind of slow roasted crust in a slow cooker. ...or is there?
In this slow cooker recipe for tender garlic parmesan herb chicken, we do just that. Using forks as a makeshift roasting tray, we lift the chicken out of the juices. Rather than stewing, the chicken is able to cook very slowly and evenly as the hot air circulates around the chicken. What you get is a light crust and an effect fairly close to a slow rotating BBQ grill.
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Cooktop Cove
Tender garlic parmesan herb chicken
4-6
15 minutes
3 hours
3 hours 25 minutes
2 pounds chicken thighs, skinless, bone-in
1½ cups powdered parmesan
7 cloves garlic, minced into a paste
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
Line a 6-quart slow cooker with 8-10 forks facing down. Arrange them in a way that will keep the chicken lifted from the bottom of the slow cooker.
Season chicken with salt and pepper, rubbing into the meat. Set aside.
In a bowl, mix parmesan, garlic, thyme, and rosemary. Sprinkle all over chicken, pressing into the meat to create a crust.
Gently place chicken onto forks in slow cooker with the bone side down. Cook on high for 3 hours.
Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes with lid partially open. Serve.
Pro tip: For a luscious sauce, put juices from the bottom of the slow cooker into a pot and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer and reduce by half. Turn off heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of butter. You're done!
Note: All slow cookers are a little bit different in temperature and calibration. This recipe was tested in Cooktop Cove's Test Kitchen using this slow cooker, which is available for purchase here.
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The sweet chili, hoisin, ginger and rice wine are so beautifully aromatic, and the way that these wonderful flavors permeate the chicken while retaining it's tenderness is something pretty special.
February 22   ·  
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Sweet red bell peppers boost the fiber to make this more filling. And making the sauce is as simple as combining everything in a bowl and then adding it all to the slow cooker.
February 21   ·  
Let the slow cooker do all the work!
February 20   ·  
 
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