Chicken cooks quickly, making it a challenge for the slow cooker. We devised a way to slow things down enough to produce tender, juicy chicken in a rich, deeply flavored sauce.
Why This Recipe Works
Our Hunter-Style Chicken recipe produces bold flavors of mushrooms, white wine, tomatoes, onions, and herbs while keeping the chicken juicy and tender—a pretty big achievement using a slow cooker. We achieved this by replacing traditional whole cut-up chicken with bone-in, skin-on thighs, the test kitchen’s preferred cut for braising. Sautéing the mushrooms and onions in bacon fat before adding them to the slow cooker lent a deep smokiness to our Hunter-Style Chicken recipe. And to keep the braising liquid concentrated and potent, we increased the amount of white wine, then reduced it in a skillet to intensify its flavor.