As a housewife, one of my greatest joys is preparing delicious meals for my family. My husband absolutely adores chicken, and I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to surprise him with. One recipe that has become a household favorite is the Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken. It’s a delightful combination of tender chicken thighs, flavorful seasonings, and the richness of Parmesan cheese.
Simple Preparation – Mixing Seasonings and Coating Chicken
The preparation is quite simple and doesn’t require too much time. I start by mixing together a blend of garlic salt, paprika, and pepper in a small bowl. This mixture adds a wonderful depth of flavor to the dish. Then, I sprinkle half of the seasoning onto the bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, ensuring that each piece is well coated.
Searing the Chicken Thighs in a Skillet
To create a lovely golden crust, I heat up a skillet on medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of oil. I carefully place the seasoned chicken thighs skin side down in the skillet and let them sear for a couple of minutes until they turn a gorgeous golden color. This step helps to seal in the juices and adds a delightful crispness to the skin.
Next, I create a tantalizing mixture by combining the remaining seasoning with minced garlic and a couple more tablespoons of olive oil. It’s like a flavor bomb waiting to explode! To complement the chicken, I halve some baby potatoes and toss them in this sensational mixture, ensuring that they are well coated.
Slow Cooker Magic
Now, it’s time to bring out my trusty slow cooker. I place the seasoned potatoes at the bottom and carefully arrange the seared chicken thighs on top. The slow cooker allows the flavors to meld together beautifully while ensuring the chicken becomes irresistibly tender. I set it on low heat and let it work its magic for 6 to 7 hours, or if I’m pressed for time, I opt for the high heat setting for 3 to 4 hours.
Cheesy Finishing Touch
Just before serving, I sprinkle a generous amount of shredded Parmesan cheese over the chicken. The heat from the slow cooker melts the cheese, creating a luscious, gooey topping that enhances the overall richness of the dish. For a final touch, I garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley, adding a pop of vibrant green color that makes the meal look even more appetizing.
A Heartwarming Moment – Enjoying the Fruits of My Labor
When I bring this dish to the table, the aroma of garlic and Parmesan fills the air, and my husband’s eyes light up with anticipation. It’s truly a heartwarming moment to see him savor each bite, appreciating the effort and love that went into preparing this meal. The tender chicken, infused with the flavors of garlic and Parmesan, pairs perfectly with the seasoned baby potatoes, creating a satisfying and comforting dish.
Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken Recipe
Tender, flavorful chicken thighs infused with garlic and Parmesan cheese, slow-cooked to perfection with seasoned baby potatoes. A comforting and easy-to-make meal that will leave you craving for more.
|PREP TIME||15 mins|
|COOK TIME||4 hrs|
|TOTAL TIME||4 hrs 15 mins|
- 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound baby potatoes halved
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan
- parsley for garnish
- In a small bowl, mix the garlic salt, paprika, and pepper together.
- Sprinkle half of the seasoning mixture on the chicken thighs.
- In a medium skillet over medium high heat add in 1 tablespoon oil and then place the chicken thighs skin down and sear for 2 minutes or until golden.
- Combine the remaining seasoning mix with the minced garlic and remaining 2 tablespoons oil.
- Halve or quarter your baby potatoes depending on size.
- Toss the potatoes with the seasoning mix and place in the bottom of your slow cooker.
- Add the chicken on top of the potatoes.
- Cook on LOW heat for 6-7 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.
- Right before serving sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.
- Top with parsley for a pop of color if you like.
- Serve and Enjoy!
Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.
If you prefer boneless chicken breasts or thighs, they will cook faster and possibly be a bit drier. Try 3-4 hours on LOW and make sure the chicken hits 165° and the potatoes are fork tender. Every slow cooker runs differently. Times given are a general recommendation and should be tested in your own slow cooker and adjusted as needed.