Cooking Quest: Slow Cooked 40 Clove Garlic Chicken

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

My mom has this orange ceramic-ish crackpot.  I will never forget it because that's what she uses to soften a tough dry abalone.  I remember one time she was so angry because she found a crack!  She told me that she has used that particular crackpot for years and was sad to buy a new one.  She has often told me that the new models are not the same.

When I got married - I don't remember if I got one as a gift, or my mom gave me one.  I tried looking for it in the stock room, but got too lazy to weed through the boxes so I just gave up!  Two Christmases ago, my Panget received a Breville Multi-Chef - it says in the box that it's a slow cooker.  Since it was on the top of the box pile (Yes, I need to re-organize my stock room) I took it out.  

It was such a badass of a slow cooker!  It was shiny, it has a digital display and buttons that illuminate when you press them!  It looked really looked cool.  Well, a very cool and state of the art - rice cooker.  Yes, I read the manual - it is a rice cooker, that can also function as a slow cooker (that can cook risotto!)

I saw in Tina's FB feed that she made 40 Clove Chicken.  I wanted to try one.  So I searched for a recipe - it was perfect because the recipe I liked, called for a slow cooker!  Hooray!!

I have to be honest, I didn't know what slow cooking meant or how to do it.  I only learned the other day that - you put all the ingredients in and let it cool, slowy - for 6 hours.  So, that's the reason why it's called slow cooker - duh?!  Hahaha!

So here's what it looked like, when I put all of my ingredients in Breville the MultiChef slow cooker:



And this is what it looks like after 3 hours of slow cooking, I loved seeing the bubbles!!



And here's the FINISHED product!!  Look at the color and it smelled wonderful!!



I can do this more often.  I like that I can just put everything in and leave it to cook!  Makes me wonder why I haven't tried it before!  Argh..  I am such a late bloomer!!  

The taste was just perfect!  The chicken was oh so tender, juicy and very flavorful!  I honestly added  more garlic than the recipe called for since I loooove garlic!  Hihi..  Passed the tastebuds of the kids, my Panget and the helpers!  Yeyness!!  I would love to use this slow cooker again and try maybe - Pot Roast?  Hihi.. Wish me luck!

Here's the recipe that I followed from Seriouseats.com, I just omitted the Cognac as we do not have one and I don't think its reasonable to buy one (unless you drink it on a regular basis).  I also used dried Thyme as the supermarket that I went to was out of fresh Thyme.  I also used a whole chicken instead of just thighs.



5 comments :

  1. I always use slow cooker but never tried this recipe yet. You should try roast beef too, and use apple juice instead of water or stock.

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    1. HI Tess! Happy New Year! Thank you for your comment. I clicked your name's link and got to a site that says your address is available. I hope you can write back to me because I am very interested with your recipe!!!! Please get in touch with me!! candishhh@gmail.com Please please please!!

      Love, Didi

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  2. Looks yum Didi. Always wanted to try "slow cooking." Heard there are tons of good recipes out there :)

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    1. Hi Caths! Happy New Year!! :)
      I'm looking for recipes nga eh!!

      Love, Didi

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  3. It looks delicious, Didi! Patikim naman nyan. hehehe. :)

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