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Chicken Merlot - Slow Cooker Recipe

Looking for that perfect week night meal? Using a slow cooker to make Chicken Merlot is not only easy, but a great way to allow flavors to build gradually during the slow cooking process.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: chicken dish, easy weeknight dinner, slow cooker ribs
Servings: 4
Calories: 655kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley


  • 1 whole chicken (3 - 4 lbs)cut up in pieces - skin taken off Chicken may be deboned
  • 1 in large onion - cut chunks
  • 16 ounces mushrooms -cut in half or three slices leave on the thick side
  • 3 carrots - peeled and sliced thicker cut than normal
  • 5 stalks celery - large dice
  • 1 ounces can cannellini beans drained and rinsed 16
  • 4 cloves garlic - whole
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 8 ounces merlot or red wine of your choice
  • 8 ounces chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoons dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • place chopped vegetables and cannellini beans in the bottom of your slow cooker
  • add chicken pieces on top of the vegetables
  • in a bowl whisk together tomato paste, wine, stock and spices then pour over chicken and vegetables
  • Cover and cook on low for approximately 5 hours or high for approximately 2 ½ hours
  • remove vegetables and chicken after cooking and cover to keep warm
  • pour all liquid from slow cooker into a saucepan and reduce by half until sauce is thick and clingy
  • pour sauce over chicken and veggies and serve with rice, potatoes, pasta, or your favorite grain


Calories: 655kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 929mg | Potassium: 1532mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 8640IU | Vitamin C: 19.1mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 4.9mg