Slow cooker chicken chasseur
- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 2
Throw a handful of ingredients in the slow cooker at the start of the day and this classic French chicken chasseur will be ready by the time you get home
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 chicken thighs, skin-on and bone-in
- 2 shallots or 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves , crushed
- 200g baby chestnut mushrooms , halved
- 200ml white wine
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- 200g chopped tomatoes
- 2 thyme sprigs
- 1 bay leaf
- 400ml hot chicken stock
- small handful of parsley , finely chopped, to serve
- mash , jackets, pasta or roast potatoes, to serve (optional)
- STEP 1
Heat the slow cooker to low. Put the oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Season the chicken and fry, skin-side down, for 4-5 mins until crisp. Turn and fry for 3-4 mins more until golden all over. Put on a plate and set aside.
- STEP 2
Tip the shallots into the pan and fry for 10 mins over a medium heat until soft. Add the garlic and mushrooms and fry for 10 mins more until the mushrooms are golden. Pour in the wine and bubble for a few minutes until reduced by half. Stir in the tomato purée, chopped tomatoes and herbs. Season well and bring to a simmer.
- STEP 3
Tip the sauce into the slow cooker, and top with the chicken thighs (in one layer, if possible). Pour over the chicken stock until the chicken thighs are covered, adding a little more if needed. Cover and cook for 6-8 hrs until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is tender. Transfer the chicken to a plate and bubble the sauce for a few minutes more with the lid off, if you prefer a thicker sauce (you can only do this if there’s a reduce function on the slow cooker. If not, pour the sauce into a pan and simmer until reduced). Remove the skin from the chicken before serving, if you prefer.
- STEP 4
Sprinkle over the parsley and serve the chicken and sauce with buttery mash, jackets, pasta or small roast potatoes, if you like.
DOUBLE IT UP
If you have a larger slow cooker, this can easily be doubled, then you can freeze the extra portions in an airtight container for up to three months.