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Slow cooker chicken’s long on flavor

This Jan. 27 2014 phoshow slow cooker Meyer lemchicken Concord N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

This Jan. 27, 2014 photo show slow cooker Meyer lemon chicken in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

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The trouble with slow cookers is that while they certainly deliver on ease, they sometimes disappoint on flavor. It’s the risk you run when you dump a bunch of ingredients in a pot and walk away for much of the day.

So we decided to come up with a slow cooker chicken that packs plenty of sophisticated flavors, yet doesn’t sacrifice the no-nonsense approach we love about slow cooking. We started with chicken thighs, which have richer, deeper flavor than chicken breasts. Then we added lemons, fennel, mushrooms and leek for a braise inspired by the cuisine of southern France.

We also wanted to resolve the other drawback of slow cookers — that the foods cooked in them often lack texture. So we finish the dish with seasoned, toasted bread crumbs for a delicious crunch.

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