Look for jars of peeled garlic in the refrigerated cases in the produce section at most major supermarkets. While there, grab a package of poultry herbs, which includes fresh thyme, rosemary, and parsley and can substitute for the individual herbs. Add dried apricots to infuse the rich sauce with a fruity back note, and serve over couscous for a North African-inspired supper.
Line bottom and long sides of a 6-qt. oval slow cooker with 1 piece of aluminum foil, allowing 2 inches to extend over sides. Lightly grease foil with cooking spray. Pour 3 Tbsp. melted butter in slow cooker; sprinkle garlic and apricots over butter. Add thyme and rosemary sprigs. Place chicken, breast-side up, on herbs. Brush 1 Tbsp. melted butter over chicken; sprinkle with desired amount of salt and pepper. Add chicken stock and wine to slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours.
Transfer chicken from slow cooker to a serving platter, using foil sides as handles. Transfer garlic cloves from slow cooker to platter, using a slotted spoon. Pour cooking liquid through a cheesecloth-lined wire-mesh strainer into a measuring cup; discard solids.
Pour 1 cup cooking liquid into a small saucepan (reserve remaining cooking liquid for another use, such as rice or couscous); whisk in flour. Bring to a boil, and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in chopped thyme. Serve with chicken.
Note: We tested with Swanson Unsalted Chicken Cooking Stock.
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meh, this was just OK. Really just tasted like chicken with a little garlic. I must say is smelled absolutely fantastic as it was cooking, but the end result was a little disappointing. I really wonder how theirs came out so brown and "roasted" looking. Mine had just a little browning on the wing tips after 8 hours on low (yes, I brushed the melted butter on the chicken as instructed). The garlic flavor really does mellow out, and the gravy was delicious, but all-in-all we voted to not make this one again. Simple to prepare, but just not great. Disappointed.
Super tasty, and really easy! All that garlic looks scary in the bottom of the slow cooker, but the flavor mellows out nicely. The apricots add a nice hint of flavor, but don't overwhelm. If you can't find peeled garlic, break some garlic bulbs open, place them in a bowl covered with another bowl, hold the bowls together tightly and shake violently for 30 seconds or until the peels come off.
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