The chicken was moist and flavorful and the carrots and potatoes were sweet and tender. I didn't even need a small sweet for dessert. The fresh parsley and lemon gave a fresh zing to the dish that definitely kicked it up a bit. And while there is a bit of prep beforehand, it's worth it. The sauteed onions and celery just add to the sweetness of this dish.
If I made it again I'd probably stop letting it cook after 6 hours instead of 8 since the chicken was *almost* dry. Good thing I followed my nose and stopped the cooker after 7 hours. The chicken was just right! And next time I'll try and remember to buy sage so I can make the meal according to the original recipe... haha... like I ever do that!
Inspiration: Weight Watchers
Thyme Chicken & Red Potatoes
- 2 tsp olive oil, extra-virgin
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 5 stalks celery, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 cup reduced-sodium, fat free chicken broth
- 2 uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut in half
- 1 pound uncooked red potatoes, cut into quarters
- 1 pound baby carrots
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 cup parsley, fresh, chopped
- 1/8 teaspoon lemon zest, 1 strip
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Heat the oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add the broth and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Let simmer 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
Put the potatoes, carrots, chicken bay leaf, salt, and pepper (in that order) in a 5–6-quart slow cooker; pour the broth mixture over the chicken and vegetables. Cover the slow cooker and cook until chicken and vegetables are fork-tender, 6-8 hours on low.
Discard the bay leaf. Add the parsley, thyme, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the slow cooker; cover and cook on high until the flavors blend, about 10 minutes.
4 Servings | 7 WW+ Points