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.
Capturing the simplicity found in sun-drenched Mediterranean cuisine, these braised chicken thighs melt under the influence of bright, vibrant lemon, briny olives and capers, and juicy plum tomatoes. You won't believe how much flavor comes out of so few ingredients (only six, not counting pepper, oil, and optional herbs). If you don't have capers on hand, toss in an extra few tablespoons of olives. We call for kalamata olives because of their intense flavor; you can use bright green Castelvetrano or petite, meaty Niçoise olives instead. Serve with rosemary mashed potatoes, hot basmati or brown rice, or a bed of creamy polenta.