There's a reason why slow cooker recipes are wildly popular. We want convenience, and we want—and need—it now. The slow cooker delivers just that, working hard for us while we're hard at work, welcoming us home to a fragrant dinner that's just waiting to be enjoyed. This simple appliance works miracles with tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, coaxing out incredible flavor and turning out meltingly tender results. Through its low, slow cooking, it melds and marries flavors; it brings ingredients together in delicious harmony. And it offers up a few surprises: appetizers, sides, and drinks that simmer to perfection—hands-free.
Chicken with Carrots and Potatoes
Usually a braised chicken dinner is reserved for the weekend, when there's plenty of time to tend to the slow-cooking meal. With this dish, all you need is 20 minutes prep in the morning. While you go about your day, the vegetables and chicken infuse with the flavor of the bright, acidic white wine, herbs, and garlic. Skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs are a good cut for this dish; the dark meat packs deeper flavor and is perfect for long, slow cooking methods. Browning the skin first adds caramelized flavor that will also transfer to the liquids, potatoes, and carrots for well-rounded, balanced flavor.