Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Slow-cooked chicken in white wine

As the weather has turned colder, the slow cooker is back in regular use again. It's wonderful coming home to a house filled with delicious smells and a meal ready to go.

I found some chicken marylands on special ($2.99/kg - bargain!) and decided to make a casserole loosely based on this recipe.

The ingredients fill my 5L slow cooker, as you can see from the picture below, so if you have a smaller one you will definitely need to scale things down (but still cook it for the same amount of time). You can also choose to use less liquid if you want, but I like to use the leftover sauce for pasta.

1 tbs olive oil
8 chicken maryland pieces, skin trimmed (about 2.5kg worth. You could also use any other cut of chicken on the bone)
100g bacon, diced
3 carrots, diced
2 tsp crushed garlic
1 tin crushed tomatoes
1 tsp mixed herbs
2 bay leaves
1 sprig (4-5cm) of fresh rosemary
2 cups white wine
2 cups chicken stock
2 heaped tsp capers, drained
black pepper

Heat a large frypan and add oil.
Brown off the chicken in batches, and place in a bowl when done.
Lightly fry the bacon, carrots and garlic, and transfer to the slow cooker.
Add the tomatoes, herbs, wine, stock, capers and mix ingredients together. Season with black pepper.
Add the chicken and any juices, and cover with the sauce.
Set the slow cooker on to low, and cook for 7 hours.
Very gently stir the mixture before serving.
Serve with couscous or another comforting carbohydrate of choice.

My pictures don't do this justice, it really is a wonderfully mellow and moreish home-style casserole.

Ready to serve:


Served with couscous and steamed broccoli drizzled with lemon juice.



  1. Looks yummy! Can you recommend a good slow cooker? I have seen some beautiful foods using the slow cooker and starting to think I should venture down this path.

  2. To be honest, the basic cheap and dodgy ones are great. That's what mine is - only cost $40 or $50 and it works really well. More expensive ones do the same job, although do have some neat features like timers, but they aren't really necessary imo.

    Size-wise, I do recommend the 5L oval ones with removable bowl over smaller sizes - it means it will comfortably fit a leg of lamb or chicken roast, smaller ones won't. You can also whip up big batches of soup or casseroles to feed hungry boys :)

    Mine is a Prima, I probably got it from the supermarket or k-mart or similar.

    There is also a great slow cooker book written by a Tasmanian lady - http://shop.abc.net.au/browse/product.asp?productid=166653. Lots of internet recipes have tins of soup or powdered mixes in them which I don't like, prefer to cook from scratch.

  3. That sounds ok! I think having enough food on standby for hungry men (and women) is always a good thing..I will have a look this week and let you know what I get. I was always nervous about leaving slow cookers on whilst at work, but I am slowly being turned around :D