Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Cider Braised Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes
I love one-pot meals. That's probably why I love my slow cooker so much.
This slow cooker chicken thighs recipe is based on a more involved cider-braised chicken thighs with sweet potatoes and sage recipe I came upon recently.
The original recipe looked delicious but required quite a bit more work - browning chicken in batches, cooking shallots and garlic, combining the liquids and deglazing your pan and then braising (cooking in liquid) everything on the stove top until done.
Nothing terribly difficult, but I was feeling lazy yesterday and wanted something easier.
The Skinny on Cider-Braised Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
So I decided to experiment and combine all the ingredients in my slow cooker instead. It turned out delicious. A nice comforting dish full of lots of fall flavors including sweet potatoes, apples and sage. Perfect for a weeknight dinner when you want something easy and effortless.
This would be delicious served with crusty bread to sop up all the flavorful sauce.
The original recipe says that this meal serves 6, but my guys easily ate 2 servings each, so if you're making this dinner for bigger eaters, plan on feeding 3 to 4.
According to my calculations, each serving (1 chicken thigh and about ¾ cup sweet potato-shallot mixture) has about 344 calories and:
6 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
6 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
8 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Slow Cooker Cider-Braised Chicken Cooking Tips
Because of the temperature differences among slow cookers, your cooking times may be different.
You'll know this dish is ready, when the meat and sweet potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork or knife. If you cook it too long, your sweet potatoes will get mushy, not a terrible thing!
The original recipe called for fresh sage and thyme, but since I only had dried I used them instead. If you do use fresh, which would be delicious, you'll want to increase the amounts to about 2 teaspoons of each.
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Easy Healthy Slow Cooker Cider-Braised Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes & Sage
- 1-½ pounds skinless chicken thighs (about 6 thighs)
- 1-½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1-½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾-inch cubes
- 8 large shallots, peeled and thickly sliced
- 1 large garlic clove, pressed
- 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- ⅓ cup apple cider
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried sage
- Ideal slow cooker size: 4-Quart.
- Season both sides of the chicken thighs with 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
- Layer the seasoned chicken in the bottom of a slow cooker.
- Add the sweet potatoes and shallots on top of the chicken.
- In bowl or measuring cup, stir together the garlic, chicken broth, apple cider, vinegar, thyme, sage and remaining ½ teaspoon salt and pour over the vegetables and chicken.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for about 3-½ hours, or on LOW for about 6 hours. (Mine was done after about 4 hours on high, so I switched my slow cooker to warm until we were ready to eat.)
- Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings. I added a little more salt, pepper and another teaspoon of vinegar at the end to liven it up.
If you cook it too long, your sweet potatoes will get mushy, not a terrible thing! The original recipe called for fresh sage and thyme, but since I only had dried I used them instead. If you do use fresh, which would be delicious, you'll want to increase the amounts to about 2 teaspoons of each. Serving size: 1 chicken thigh + ¾ cup sweet potato-shallot mixture Click here to see your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site. 6 *SmartPoints (Green plan) 6 *SmartPoints (Blue plan) 3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan) 8 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.
A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.
She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.
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