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Slow-Cooker Garlic Chicken with Couscous

Recipe photo courtesy of Romulo Yanes

This time of year is filled with fancy fare, so we all need a change of pace during the week. This simple chicken dinner is tasty, and extremely gratifying.

Source: Everyday Food, December 2011
Total Time Prep Servings



Cook's Notes

Oven Instructions: In a large Dutch oven, brown chicken as in step 1, then add remaining ingredients, plus 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth or water. Cover and cook at 350 degrees until chicken is cooked through and tender, about 40 minutes.

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  • MS12502125
    22 JAN, 2017
    Recipe looked interesting, but I didn't know how to approach it after reading the reviews ranging from "disgusting" to "delicious." I used only chicken thighs with the skin and fat removed, added a bit more garlic and onion, some raw mushrooms, reduced thyme by 1/2 tsp, cooked on low for 7hrs. I ate it over brown rice. I'm with the "meh" to "disgusting" camp. Kids spit it out, husband ate it but said it was "dog food." Not sure what ruined it-thyme, wine, slow cooking? Never again. Sorry Martha!
    • CKL21049668
      7 MAY, 2019
      What? Your kids spit food out at the table and if your husband doesn't care for a dish you made he calls it dog food? Wow. My husband eats what I make, even if its not his favorite, because I spent the time making it! My kids? If they don't care for something on their plate, they're welcome to eat what they do like on their plates and move on. If they spit food out, oh boy. This mamma would lose her every loving mind! That said, I'll be using the alternate stove/oven combo. Slow cooked food generally gets cooked to death. Chicken ends up dry, unless (as suggested here) you actually only cook it a couple of hours. I bet you let it go much too long.
    • michaelshell4
      1 JAN, 2019
      Maybe you can’t cook
  • MS10698272
    30 SEP, 2018
    I am totally stumped as to why people said this recipe didn't work in the slow cooker. Was your thyme really old? Did you not rub the chicken with coarse salt before browning it? Did you not use a sauvignon blanc as suggested? Did you use old gross garlic? I made this recipe as directed, did not change a thing, (except I did put the backbone into the pot because when I make stock I hate having the extra step of having to blanche the raw bones and because of this, kept it going for another 30 min) and it was just lovely. I used fresh thyme because I was worried my dried thyme was too old (used double the fresh of course because it's less potent than dried) and it tasted just perfectly lovely. Maybe people don't realize that you have to wash the chicken and rub it all over with kosher salt and pepper before browning? It was so easy to make, and it looked so pretty with the chopped parsley on it ... I'm making it again tomorrow night!!!
  • MS12502125
    11 FEB, 2017
    Update: the slow cooking is probably what ruined it. The wine should have been added to the skillet while the chicken was searing and the alcohol allowed to evaporate off. With slow cooking this doesn't happen and it ruins the taste of the dish. I also put too much thyme and garlic. But I'll never make this again--it was horrible.
    • gemmawulff
      12 SEP, 2018
      Maybe it was horrible because you didn’t follow the recipe correctly.
  • Biskby2
    21 FEB, 2014
    I made this recipe tonight. I used the Dutch oven option. I didn't change a thing, followed the ingredients exactly, and I thought it was delicious. All of you haters are a bunch of pretentious bastards. Go eat a turd, it might be more flavorful for you bitchy pallets.
    • pashtonfoxeyah
      26 AUG, 2017
      I believe you meant "bitchy palates."
  • brahdey
    1 MAY, 2017
    Why is it that Canadians can not enter your sweepstake for $25,000 towards a new kitchen? I am a fan of Martha's for a long time and feel we should be able to enter!
  • 19terri46
    22 FEB, 2017
    Would be much better to follow the receipe first time then make changes if you don't like original ingredients.... if you can't follow these simple directions then don't make the dish and don't post such awful comments.... goodness, take the time to learn how to cook or just stick with ready made foods!! t
    • MS12502125
      6 MAR, 2017
      I didn't veer too much off the course of the original recipe. All I know is that it tasted so bad that even small modifications taking it back to the recipe as published would not have saved it, much less rendered it "delicious." It was that awful. After I made this, I read somewhere else not to slow cook with wine because it said that what I got here would be the result.
  • michelle.aucoinpower
    23 FEB, 2017
    I'm not sure what all the complainers here are talking about. I've made this at least 4 times now (following the recipe exactly) and my husband and I love it.
  • esmeralda8
    22 APR, 2014
    I made this recipe using the slow cooker and followed all instructions. I was excited to have it ready when I got home from work. When I walked in the door I first noticed a sour smell that was unappetizing. It is definitely edible and not a total waste, but I am not impressed with the flavor at all. I really wanted to like this dish, but will not be making it again. I had never cooked with white wine before so I didn't know what I was in for. Oops. I won't give up on you Martha Stewart.
    • ram9270
      11 FEB, 2017
      These are my sentiments exactly, also because I've always been a fan of Martha Stewart recipes. Read my comments above (MS12502125) about slow cooking with wine. I can only think that whomever actually liked it used the oven recipe. I couldn't even finish it and threw the last half of it away.
  • christinemcmillen
    3 JAN, 2015
    This is literally the most disgusting recipe I've ever made. It wasn't even remotely edible, everything tasted like wine and flour and the sauce was like paste. I felt nauseous anytime I smelled white wine for days after this. Beware!
    • ram9270
      11 FEB, 2017
      No, I'm with you here. Read my comments above about the wine. I suffered through this dish for three separate meals and then threw the rest away. No one else in my house would eat it. I haven't had the courage to use my slow cooker since then.
    • karehurstgmail
      3 DEC, 2016
      You really are the saddest sad-sack of a troll I've ever "met" on the Internet, and that's saying quite a bit. I actually created a profile here just to tell you that you obviously hadn't followed the recipe correctly (if, indeed you followed it at all since it's really hard to taste flour added to a recipe in a slow-cooker!). Go tweet sad little tweets, go back to posting negative comments about YouTube videos, and go hungry for all I care. I'll be eating a delicious meal made of chicken.
  • sbutterfly333g
    8 SEP, 2016
    Made this recipe today and it was delicious. We found it flavorful - tasted garlic and wine. I was generous with salt and pepper on chicken before browning and on onions and garlic. Used Chardonnay.

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