Slow Cooker Chicken Merlot is a hearty and delicious dish that requires very little prep time. After cutting up the vegetables for this tasty chicken stew, just set the timer and let the slow cooker do the rest.
Using your slow cooker to make Chicken Merlot not only makes cooking this delicious dish easy, it also allows the flavors to build during the slow cooking process.
Not a fan of Merlot? Use your favorite red wine to make this dish.
Ingredients for Chicken Merlot
Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make Slow Cooker Chicken Merlot. In Chef Speak, this is called the “Mise en Place,” which translates to “Everything in its Place.”
Not only does setting up your ingredients ahead of time speed up the cooking process, it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.
- chicken pieces
- cannellini beans
- garlic cloves
- tomato paste
- merlot or dry red wine of your choice
- chicken broth
- dried basil or fresh basil
- black pepper
How to prepare Merlot Sauce
- Add the tomato paste, red wine, chicken broth and spices to a small bowl.
- Whisk the ingredients together until well blended.
How to make Slow Cooker Chicken Merlot
- Add the chopped vegetables and cannellini beans to the slow cooker.
- Place the chicken pieces on top of the vegetables.
- Pour the red wine mixture over top of the chicken. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 hours or high-heat setting for 2 ½ hours.
Remove vegetables and chicken when the cooking has completed. Cover both and keep warm while you finish the sauce.
- Pour all liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan.
- Heat the sauce over medium-high heat until it begins to boil, then reduce the heat to medium, cooking long enough to reduce the sauce by half, until the sauce is thick and clingy.
Place the mushroom mixture on top of a serving platter, topped with the chicken pieces and ladle the sauce over the chicken.
Serve the Chicken Merlot with roasted potatoes, rice, or your favorite grain. You’re going to love this slow cooker recipe.
If you are not wine drinkers and find yourself with leftover wine, freeze the wine in an ice cube tray. When the wine has completely frozen, pop out the wine cubes and store in a ziplock bag in the freezer. The next time you need a little wine for a dish you can defrost a few of the wine cubes.
When it comes down to slow cooking, dark meat is the chicken of choice. This recipes uses a whole chicken, but can be made using chicken thighs and chicken legs. Dark meat holds up better in a slow cooker. Chicken breasts will tend to dry out a bit from the extended cooking time.