WW Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Beer and Herbs de Provence
I've made these easy low carb Chicken Thighs with Beer and Herbes de Provence (affiliate link) several times and they're always a a big hit. Simple enough for a weeknight supper, yet special enough for casual entertaining.
I think I found the recipe in Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook (affiliate link), but I can't be sure and have no way to check because the book is in Wisconsin and I'm here in Phoenix.
The Skinny on Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Beer and Herbes de Provence
It's the kind of dish, that's so simple - just some chicken thighs, salt and pepper, a bottle of beer, Herbes de Provence and a bay leaf or two - you really don't need a recipe.
We prefer chicken thighs in the slow cooker. They stay moist and tender, unlike chicken breasts that can dry out and get stringy.
You can find Herbes de Provence (affiliate link) in the spice aisle. I got mine at Penzeys Spices here in Phoenix.
According the the back of the jar, "Herbes de Provence has been popular for centuries, combining traditional French herbs, Italian fennel, and lavender blossoms."
The ingredients list includes: rosemary, cracked fennel, thyme, savory, basil, tarragon, dill weed, oregano, lavender, chervil and marjoram.
Once again, these slow cooker cooker chicken thighs cooked with beer and herbes de Provence were gobbled up.
You really don't taste "beer" in the cooked dish at all. At least I can't.
Even my Mom, who is not a beer fan, thought it was delicious.
But if you're not convinced, you could always substitute the same amount of chicken broth instead.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Chicken Dish?
According to my calculations, each serving has 243 calories and:
5 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
5 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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The recipe directs you to give the thighs a quick turn in the skillet before dumping them into your slow cooker, but if you are short on time you can skip this step. Enjoy!
If you like this easy slow cooker chicken made with Herbes de Provence and beer, be sure to check out my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly slow cooker chicken recipes including 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken, Slow Cooker Chicken Marbella, Skinny Five Spice Chicken, Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken and Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken Thighs
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Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Beer & Herbes de Provence
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 6 chicken thighs, skin removed (about 4-6 ounces each)
- Salt and pepper
- 12 ounces beer
- 2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence
- 2 bay leaves
- Ideal slow cooker size: 4-Quart.
- Coat the ceramic insert of your slow cooker with cooking spray.
- Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Sprinkle the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Cook until they are lightly browned, about 3 minutes, and then turn them over and brown on the other side, about 3 minutes more.
- Transfer the chicken to the slow cooker.
- Return the skillet to the stove. Add the bottle of beer to the skillet, and heat until boiling, stirring to incorporate all the browned bits that are on the bottom of the pan. Stir in the herbes de provence and bay leaves, and cook for another minute or so.
- Pour the beer mixture into the slow cooker over the chicken thighs.
- Cover and cook on HIGH, until the thighs are fork tender, about 4-½ hours.
*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.
If you can't find Herbes de Provence (affiliate link) in your local store, this video shows you how to make your own spice blend:
Watch how Appalachia Homestead makes her own simple Herbes de Provence Crock Pot Chicken
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Where is the nutritional information for this recipe? I would love to make it but need to know calories, fat grams, and fiber per serving please.
I only began including nutritional information with my recipes about 1-1/2 years ago so there are still several old recipes without these details. Sorry about that. I work to update them as time permits.
Thank you for your response about the nutritional information. Did I read somewhere that this is only 3 Points on Weight Watchers?
I am rating this 5 stars because it has wonderful flavor for such a simple dish. I will be making this often. I think I may also try it with a buttery oak Chardonnay in place of the beer. Has anyone tried that?
Thank you for a very delicious and easy crock pot recipe!
Glad you liked it. I agree that it's amazingly tasty for such a simple recipe. I'm all about maximum reward for minimum effort! I've calculated the PointsPlus value to be 5 with a calorie count of 243. Haven't heard of anyone replacing the beer with Chardonnay. If you do and like it, I hope you come back and leave a comment!!
Any suggestions on what kind of beer would make the best flavor in this recipe?
Hi Elizabeth, I've only ever used light pilsner/lager style beers in this recipe. I wouldn't want to use anything too dark or heavy. Hope this helps.
I'm quite sure that a saison beer, the traditional French farm ale, would be absolutely brilliant in this. I'll try it out and let you all know!
I made this today and was very happy with the outcome. It was better than I thought. My husband even liked it! I will definitely make this again.
We don’t drink or use alcohol to cook. Is there a substitute for alcohol in this recipe? Thanks!
Hi Ginny, I've only made it with beer, but believe that chicken broth would be a fine substitute. Hope this helps. ~Martha
Excellent! Enjoyed this slow cooker recipe for both flavor and ease of preparation!
I make this all the time and we love it.
So Happy to read this! Thanks for letting me know. ~Martha
Do you make this with boneless chicken thighs or thighs with bones? Does it matter? The recipe doesn't specify this and I can't tell from the recipe photo. Thanks!
Hi Petra, I used boneless skinless thighs but I think either would work. If you use the thighs with bones, I'd remove the skin. Hope this helps. ~Martha
My husband even loved this, it is on our rotating menu.