Slow Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes

October 28, 2013


It took me a long time to start loving my slow cooker. Even today, I wouldn’t describe myself as a true slow cooker devotee, but I can certainly see the merits of using it now and again. I don’t have a lot of food pet-peeves, but cooking boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the slow cooker is pretty high up there on my list. I used to be guilty of doing this, until I realized the error of my ways.

You see, if you’re going to slow cook a piece of meat, the meat you are cooking needs to have a little fat in it. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts? They don’t have much fat. Next time you’re looking to make slow cooker chicken, seek out a cut like boneless skinless chicken thighs, which have more fat and consequently taste a whole lot better after simmering away in the slow cooker.

This meal was a huge hit after church on Sunday. I stole a couple bites of the chicken before serving up a bowl to Joe and the meat was incredibly juicy, buttery and tender. And although the meat itself has a little more fat than other cuts of chicken, the recipe doesn’t require any extra butter or oil, which balances everything out in the end.


Slow Cooker White Wine Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes
Makes 3 to 4 servings
*1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 6 thighs)
*1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
*3/4 teaspoon paprika
*1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
*1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
*1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped in large cubes
*1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut into thick slices
*1 clove garlic, minced
*1 1/2 cups good-quality chardonnay

*In small bowl, combine 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, the paprika, thyme and pepper. Rub spice mixture onto chicken thighs. Set aside.
*Place sweet potatoes and onion in 4- or 5-quart slow cooker. Add the garlic and the chardonnay and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt.
*Place seasoned chicken thighs on top of sweet potatoes and onions, arranging evenly in slow cooker.
*Cook on HIGH 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until chicken thighs are very tender.

Happy Cooking!

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  • Reply Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    It looks delicious!!

  • Reply Kathryn October 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    You’re so right about chicken thighs; I’ve only recently been converted to them but they do make for a good braise especially when cooked like this. This looks so full of flavour.

  • Reply jesscuellar October 28, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    i haven’t been cooking with chicken thighs for the exact same reason, so silly! these look delicious and healthy to boot, thanks for sharing:) http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2013/10/random.html

  • Reply jana October 31, 2013 at 12:27 am

    I made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious! I’m a grad student mom, so I am always hunting for easy slow-cooker recipes without too many ingredients or complex steps. This one is going in the rotation!

    • Reply MadisonMayberry November 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks so much for the feedback and for letting me know how it turned out, Jana! Glad you loved it as much as we did.

  • Reply natalie November 4, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    ha funny–i made a similar dinner for last sunday dinner, except we served the chicken over mashed sweet potatoes 🙂

  • Reply Ashley Comeau March 10, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Could I use chicken broth in place of the wine?

    • Reply MadisonMayberry March 10, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Yes you could! It won’t taste quite the same, but it will work.

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