This easy one-pot balsamic chicken highlights the benefits of stove top to Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker simplicity. Start this luscious recipe in a stockpot or Dutch oven on the stove, then transfer directly to the Slow Cooker. Boneless chicken thighs stay moist and tender as they are infused with flavour. Serve with roasted potatoes, or spoon over rice or polenta. Try our No-Knead Brioche recipe to make buns for tasty sliders.
|Extra-virgin olive oil||1 Tbl|
|Onion (medium, diced)||1 (340 g)|
|Fresh thyme, fresh*||5 tsp (4g)|
|Tomato paste||1 Tbl (15 g)|
|Garlic cloves, minced||3 (15 g)|
|Red pepper flakes||¼ tsp|
|Flour, all-purpose||3 Tbl (45 g)|
|Balsamic vinegar||½ Cup (110 ml)|
|Can diced tomatoes*||1 (400 g)|
|Chicken broth, low-sodium||½ Cup (110 ml)|
|Dry red wine||¼ Cup (55 ml)|
|Bay Leaves||2 pcs|
|Kosher salt||¾ tsp|
|Ground black pepper||½ tsp|
|Boneless chicken thighs, skin removed||10-12 pcs (1.8 kg)|
|Swiss chard with stems removed & leaves sliced about 2.5 cm (1″) wide*||1 bunch (170 g)|
Fresh thyme = dried thyme 1-1/2 tsp (4 g )
Canned tomatoes = 2 medium fresh tomatoes diced
Swiss chard = substitute fresh spinach to taste
Yield: About 6-8 servings
Timing: 15-25 minutes preparation; 2-3 hours slow cooking.
Equipment: Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker *, metal 4-6-quart covered stock pot with short handles and less than 20 cm (8 inches) tall with lid. To learn more about slow cooking in different types of metal pots, see the FAQ What type of pot should I use for slow cooking?.
Get ready: Remove the water tray and rack from the Proofer. Set the Slow Cook Mode and set the temperature to 90º C.
Prepare pot: Heat oil in the stockpot over medium-high heat on a stove top until shimmering. Reduce heat and add onion, thyme, tomato paste, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook until the onion is soft and just begins to brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for one minute. Slowly whisk in balsamic vinegar, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the stockpot. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, chicken broth, red wine and bay leaves and stir to combine.