This slow cooker recipe for herb chicken was one of those wonderful accidents that happened on a day when I was just pulling things together. This dish actually originated as a pork recipe, but we really don’t eat much pork. I had some organic skinless chicken thighs in the freezer. There was plenty of boxed rice in my pantry. Some lovely, fresh spinach was in the fridge, so I decided to put them all together. This just might be one of my new favorite chicken recipes!
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You can use any cut of chicken for this recipe. However, if you want one that has more flavor, I would go with the dark meat and a cut with bones. (A whole chicken would be great!) What makes this dish a stand-out is the sauce, which comes from the chicken drippings during the slow cooking process. Add a little butter at the very end, just before serving. This will create a buttery richness that will bring everyone back for seconds.
Individual bowls: First, I layered the fresh spinach on the bottom of individual bowls. Then I added the hot rice so that it would wilt the spinach perfectly. Top with a portion of herb chicken. Take the hot juices from the crock pot and pour over each.
Serving platter: Set the stage for family-style serving when you arrange spinach on a serving platter, then layer with hot rice. Top with the chicken portions. Pour the juices from the crock pot into a gravy bowl to be passed around the table and added separately as desired.
- 4 bone-in skinless chicken thighs
- 2 cups white wine or chicken broth (The alcohol cooks off, and this tastes amazing!)
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon/s dried thyme (or 2 Teaspoons fresh thyme)
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary (or 2 Teaspoons fresh rosemary)
- 1 teaspoon dried mustard
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Mix melted butter and spices to make a rub.
- Put chicken into crock pot and rub with mixture.
- Pour in liquid.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
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Recipe developed by Kelly Hancock ©2010 Faithful Provisions. For personal use only. May not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed for capital gain without prior permission from Kelly Hancock.