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.
Sweet Glazed Chicken Thighs
The combination of pineapple juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce creates a flavorful, teriyaki-style glaze that infuses tons of flavor into meaty chicken thighs as they simmer in the slow cooker. This mixture then gets thickened at the end so that it turns into a sticky, sweet glaze that coats the chicken perfectly. Though the recipe calls to serve the chicken over rice, try shaking things up by pairing with a nutty, bold-flavored grain—think barley, farro, quinoa, or buckwheat. Don't forget the sprinkling of green onions at the end; that little bit of crunch and the bold allium notes bring all the flavors into balance.