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Friday, May 22, 2015

Slow Cooker Lemon Sweet Potato Chicken Inspired by Chicken in a Pot: The Garlic Lemon Version #French Fridays with Dorie

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Slow Cooker Lemon Sweet Potato Chicken- simplelivngeating.com

Those of you that live in temperate climates are so fortunate to have your social engagements spread out through the year. Here in the Northeast we have two times of year that we pack every party, fundraiser, and picnic into...Spring and Fall.

This is the last recipe we are cooking together for French Fridays with Dorie and the pace of my days are not allowing me to be reflective.


Slow Cooker Lemon Sweet Potato Chicken- simplelivngeating.com

I just had house guests leave, hosted my nephew's graduation from college picnic, and had my son's 16th birthday party. This weekend includes, a fundraiser, fencing tournament, parade and the opening picnic of our pool club.

I was able to squeeze a lunch in with fellow Dorista, Betsy on her way back from a large family gathering. We went to a farm to table restaurant in my town that specializes in FISH: Purdy's Farmer & the Fish


scallop salad: simplelivingandeating.com

I had the Seared Scallop Salad ~ crispy bacon & fingerling potatoes with a sunny side up egg lemon dressing. Betsy sampled the Jumbo Lump Crabcake with shredded kale caesar salad. 


woman dining: simplelivingeating.com

Because the restaurant is housed in the Purdy's Homestead which dates to 1776 it was warmer to sit outside. Fortunately it was a fairly nice day. We have had a dry hot spring alternating with fridge cold days, and very dry... strange weather. 

After our lunch we headed over to the farmer's market behind the restaurant and low and behold they had sushi grade tuna which I needed for a past Dorista recipe. I would have never thought to look so close to home for the tuna. 


woman in front of fish market: simplelivingeating.com

We discussed making this week's Chicken in a Pot; as usual I came to the conclusion that sealing a pot with dough for some braised chicken wasn't worth it to me. I threw it all in a crockpot and it came out delicious.


Slow Cooker Lemon Sweet Potato Chicken: simplelivingeating.com

I used a fresh lemon instead of preserved lemons because I have discovered that even a single slice of preserved lemons adds too strong of a lemon taste to dishes for me. I served the chicken over millet which really soaked up the broth nicely and was a great change from rice.

My husband seemed to enjoy this dinner the most, but I think it was the millet he loved. I felt it needed a middle flavor. The dish was all top note with the bright lemon and sweet carrots and sweet potatoes. To me it was a Moroccan dish with French spices. I sprinkled some Ras el Hanout on mine, and I felt the flavor was greatly improved, more balanced with some complexity.



Slow Cooker Lemon Sweet Potato Chicken



by Diane Balch inspired by Dorie Greenspan's "Chicken in a pot" from "Around my French Table."
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours on low
Keywords: slow-cooker entree gluten-free chicken lemons sweet potatoes

Ingredients (6 to 8 servings)
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 6 small carrots chopped
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 to 1.5 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 fresh lemon sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley chopped

Instructions:

1) In a medium size bowl whisk together: white wine, chicken broth, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper, olive oil and garlic. Set aside.
2) Peel and cube sweet potato cook on high for 5 minutes in the microwave before putting the cubes in the bottom of the slow cooker.
3) Layer the carrots, celery and onions on top of the sweet potatoes.
4) Next add the chicken and put the lemon slices and parsley over the chicken.
5) Pour the wine broth mixture over the chicken and sprinkle sugar on the lemon slices.
6) Cook on low in a slow cooker for 8 hours.

Serve over: rice, millet, quinoa any grain of your choice.


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Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 


32 comments:

  1. It seems very fitting that Diane's version of the final recipe involved a crockpot. :-)

    Yes- I agree with your comments about cramming everything in to a couple of seasons. My house has turned into that place where I change my clothes before moving on to the next thing...

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    1. and then it all comes to a halt when it get hot and then starts up again in Sept and halt for winter... craziness. Have fun in NYC.

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  2. Totally distracted by a new puppy at our house, so I can relate to your busy life! Glad you were able to squeeze in one last recipe :) Hope to meet you one day, soon!!! xoxo

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    1. I wouldn't be able to write a single post if I had that cute puppy... so wonderful. Enjoy. Yes, we will meet. I have a feeling.

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  3. A middle note? of course! Exactly what this needed! I was to caught up in the meaning of this being the last recipe to give it its fair critical due but of course you are right. A middle note. On a high note, getting to meet you and play around in NYC with you was certainly a highlight of my last 4 years, 7 months and 21 days. I hope we get to do it again soon.

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    1. Yes, I still want to bring you to roof of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine so we can throw gougeres off of the roof, or something equally soft and French.

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  4. I definitely think the crock pot was the way to go here - too many steps for a kind of blah result... That said, it's been fun to watch the way you've worked the slow cooker into the book! Happy - sniff sniff - French Friday!

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    1. Thanks Mardi,
      It happened more because I was pressed for time and didn't want to miss cooking with everyone, but now I really like that I can adapt most recipes to a slow cooker these day. I learned a new skill thanks to FFWD.

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  5. I like that term "a middle flavor." I think that's why I thought regular potatoes would have been better. With the sweet carrots, the sweet potatoes needed balance. Nicely phrased.
    Isn't Betsy so sweet and fun? Yes, I'm determined to come meet you one day! It's been a while since we've been to NY. If you're ever in LA, please let us know! It would be even better if we met in Paris!
    It's been lovely getting to know you and I look forward to seeing where your journey takes you next.
    xoxoxo

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    1. I haven't been to LA since 1986 and really have no plans to head out that way, but yes, Paris would be the ultimate FFWD rendezvous!

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  6. I didn't think you were going to go that way, but this does lend itself to the slow cooker. Thanks for your advance tips to brown, brown, brown. It made a difference in my version, I'm sure.
    I'm glad it worked out that we could have lunch together. What a perfect break, good company, good food, and good weather. I forgot we took a few pictures so was surprised to see my smiling face on your blog!
    At our house, we have way more parties in the summer than the spring. Come on, it's Memorial Day weekend and I'm bundled under a wool blanket and it's supposed to be 36F tonight!
    Looking forward to seeing you again this fall when Mary's here, if not sooner.

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    1. I was tempted to turn the heat on this morning. But we still have more events and parties in the Spring and Fall. People go away in the Summer around here.

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  7. Oh my, what a lovely day you and Betsy had! I'm green, just looking at your happy faces (and delicious meals!).

    I think this might be the perfect crock pot recipe, though I appreciated it being just an hour in the oven. Soon enough, I will be unwilling to turn the oven on at all (unless under duress), since it will be HOT! in the desert southwest one of these days. So a crockpot meal will be a great idea.

    I love how you've adapted so many things - and that you could stay on track because of it! Well done!

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    1. Yes, I discovered the beauty of using the crockpot in the summer.. think Mexican and Indian food works really well. Thanks we had a lovely lunch Betsy and I.

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  8. You absolutely had to finish the last recipe and the last FFWD official post by converting it to a slow cooker. And, a great job you did at that also. Sounds delicious. I don't think I have ever cooked with millet. My idea of being adventurous was when I added "barley" to my repertoire. Even though we won't be sharing FFWD posts, I am subscribed to Simple Living and Eating and will keep up with your many ideas, recipes, stories and family anecdotes. Meeting you virtually (until October, that is) has been one of the great joys of my participation in French Fridays.

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    1. Thanks Mary, I am on a mission this year to really eat an assortment of whole grains. I put them all in a rice cooker, the grain cooker equalvent to a slow cooker and my family and I have been enjoying the variety. We really were in a potato and rice rut. Really, really looking forward to the Fall. It has truly be a pleasure.

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  9. Oh, adding Ras al Hanout sounds perfect! I think I'll do that next time and can't believe I hadn't thought of it! I did chuckle when I got to the part that you made it in the slow cooker. :) Diane, I've enjoyed reading your posts! It also looks like you and Betsy had a great time!

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    1. When I decided that this dish reminded me of Moroccan cooking with the preserved lemons and sweet potatoes I thought about what is the quintessential Moroccan spice mix and I came up with ras al hanout I have enjoyed blogging with you too.

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  10. Diane, How fun that you and Betsy got to meet and have lunch together. Wish I lived closer…I would have really enjoyed that farm.
    My son has cooked many of the recipes in AMFT, Chicken in a Pot, just happens to be the one we cooked together last time I was there. We actually enjoy cooking together. I even bought him a crepe pan…he loves making them for the kids on weekends!

    How fitting that you “end” this adventure with a crock pot meal! You have done a great job adjusting recipes to fit your lifestyle! Always look forward to reading your posts each week, I know this won’t be goodbye! So glad I got to meet you last summer. It was such fun to learn more about the people we are virtual friends with. We will do it again, I hope!

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    1. Thanks Kathy,
      I thought I was going to be away this weekend and I ended up being my daughter's chauffeur. Looks like you had a lovely weekend in the city. Hope to see you again soon.

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  11. How fun to catch up with Betsy for lunch - your salad looks delicious. Scallops are the best. The sign is too cute. You are very canny to use your crockpot for this dish - a great timesaver.

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    1. Thanks so much, yes I was glad to have a fish lover visit my town since we only have 3 very good restaurants and this is the best of the bunch.

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  12. While you have a lot more going on with your schedule I can definitely relate to the hectic (though good hectic - LOL) pace of late. So much in fact that I never even managed to get any photos of Betsy when she stopped by my house and we then went out to dinner with my Mom. The next day -when I was getting ready for dinner guests- the lightbulb went off that I forget to memorialize the occasion with photos. But the important part is that it occurred, just one of many "Dorista get togethers" that have sprung between us all via this project. It has been wonderful getting to know you "virtually"" and since you are relatively close I imagine my Mom and I will be meeting you in person sooner than later- and I look forward to it. PS I know you would do this in a crockpot......:)

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    1. Tricia,
      I hope in the Fall we can arrange a get together. I know we have a lot in common with our heritage and I would love to meet your mom.

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  13. I like the addition of millet to this and, of course, your crockpot version. It's been wonderful cooking along with you through this group!

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  14. Diane, hope you had some time to breathe these past days - so many celebrations...and such a wonderful meeting with Betsy. The two of you look so happy and the food looks wonderful - seems like a great place to eat at!.It has been a great experience cooking along with all of you Doristas! And I am sure will will "see" a lot of each other in the future! You certainly stayed true to yourself with this last dish from FFwD. Well done!
    Happy belated 16.th Birthday to your son and all the best,
    Andrea

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  15. This dish would work well in a slow cooker. I am impressed by how many of these recipes you have converted to the slow cooker. I will keep that in mind as I give these recipes another look. This has been such a fun journey. I look forward to seeing your next adventures!

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  16. Good adaptation, Diane! How lovely that you and Diane had a special lunch together. While you've been having a dry spring we are drowning here in Oklahoma!

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  17. One thing I have learned is that Doristas are really nice and welcoming. So glad you and Betsy were able to get together. Looks like you had a really nice time. I have enjoyed your blog and all your twists on recipes. It has been a journey whether it 1 or 4 years.

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  18. I really admire your ability to turn everything into a crockpot meal! I don't know if it's just the crockpot I have, but the only thing I ever made in it that came out tasting good was apple butter. I think mine runs too hot. Or maybe I just don't know how to use it properly. Regardless, good job turning this into a crockpot meal! It seems like just the right sort of recipe for it.

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    1. Thanks so much, I'm sure others feel the opposite that I have no respect for the original recipes. I just am pressed for time and unless a techinque really sounds like it is going to make a really big difference in the taste of something I find just slow cooking something usually comes out fine. Layering is key for the slow cooker. Longer cooking items on bottom faster cooking items on top. Chicken and fish is best frozen because even on top it can over cook.

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