While we’ve been in denial about summer coming to a close, Martha has been busy gearing up for fall. After more than a year of experimenting and meticulous testing, she just released a new cookbook, "Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker," featuring 110 recipes that make the most of the underrated kitchen appliance. It’s just the thing for getting over the end-of-summer hump and starting autumn off right -- with rich, flavorful meals. One of the highlights of the book is that weeknight stalwart, chicken. The slow cooker’s steady, even heat turns out succulent meat every time. Here, three of Martha’s favorite slow-cooker suppers starring chicken -- she likes them so much that she made them on the “TODAY” show this morning!
1. Chicken with 20 Cloves of Garlic
Yes, you can make the traditional French bistro dish in a slow cooker! Just halve the amount of garlic cloves from 40 to 20 -- otherwise the flavor is too intense (trust us, we're not shy about having garlic breath, but you don't want the allium to be the only thing you taste!).
2. Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Transform everyone's favorite bar snack into a delectable pulled chicken filling for hearty sandwiches. Crushed tomatoes amped up with hot-pepper sauce, Worcestershire, mustard, and molasses give the meat tons of flavor. Serve with your favorite pickled vegetables on the side for tangy-briny crunch.
3. Tex-Mex Chicken and Beans
Jarred salsa is the secret ingredient behind this south-of-the-border chicken stew. It adds just the right amount of heat, with an assist from another pantry all-star, canned chipotles in adobo. And don't forget the toppings! Set out sour cream, chopped jalapeno, hot sauce, and tortilla strips, and let your guests help themselves.