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Slow-Cooker Chicken with Apples and Crème Fraîche

Slow-Cooker Chicken with Apples and Crème Fraîche
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 4 hr 20 min
  • Servings 5
Comfort food from the crock! Fresh thyme, apples, sage and crème fraiche give this slow-simmered chicken dinner irresistible depth.
Updated October 17, 2014
Make With
Make With
Progresso Broth


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 to 3 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt
  • 3 shallots, halved
  • 1/4 cup Calvados (apple brandy) or apple cider
  • 1/4 cup Progresso™ reduced-sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 or 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 apples, peeled and cored
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche
  • Betty Crocker™ mashed potatoes, as desired


  • 1
    In 10-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Season chicken thighs with salt. Brown chicken thighs, in batches if needed, on both sides, along with the shallots. Do not worry about cooking the chicken through. Remove chicken and shallots from skillet, and add to slow cooker.
  • 2
    Remove skillet from heat; add brandy. Return skillet with brandy to heat to deglaze by scraping up brown bits from bottom. Once the bits are all scraped up, add brandy to slow cooker.
  • 3
    Add chicken broth, bay leaves, thyme and apples to slow cooker. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 hours. After 3 1/2 hours, stir in sage. After 4 hours, just before serving, stir in crème fraîche. Serve over mashed potatoes.

  • Calvados is an apple brandy that brings great flavor to this dish. If you would like, you can sub hard or plain apple cider for the brandy.
  • Crème fraîche is a rich and tangy dairy product that helps to make a delicious creamy sauce for the chicken. You can sub full-fat sour cream for the crème fraîche, if you like.
  • I like firm, tart Honeycrisp apples for this recipe. Actually, any firm apple with a little tartness would work wonderfully.

Nutrition Facts are not available for this recipe
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