Slow-Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
This classic French braise features tender chicken and sweet (not harsh) garlic. Could we make it work in the slow cooker?
Why This Recipe Works
This classic French braise features tender chicken and sweet (not harsh) garlic. To get these results in the slow cooker, we jump-start the garlic in the microwave with a little sugar to simulate slow-roasted, soft cloves. We brown chicken thighs skin side down to yield flavorful fond and then toast the garlic for more complexity, deglazing with sherry to release more flavor into the braising liquid. The garlic goes into the slow cooker first to ensure that it cooks evenly, to spreadable perfection. We then add the braising liquid and chicken pieces on top of the garlic (above the liquid) so the skin doesn’t get rubbery. After cooking on low for about 3 hours, we finish the braising liquid with lemon juice and parsley for an extra boost of flavor. We like to serve this with crusty bread to sop up the flavorful juices.