slow cooker honey lemon chicken with new potatoes

Sometimes I feel like meals made in the crock pot can get a bad reputation for being somewhat unrefined.  The whole “set and forget” concept where you basically dump a bunch of ingredients in (often including a can of  ”cream-of-something”) and end up with a big pot of soup or casserole doesn’t make for the fanciest of meals.  I’m usually all for this type of a comfort food meal (minus the “cream-of-something” ingredients) but sometimes I want to come home to a meal that’s been cooking all day that is a little bit fancy.  A meal that makes me want to break open a bottle of wine on a Wednesday.  That’s exactly what I got when I made this meal.   
I mean, looking at the pictures, would you guess the chicken and potatoes were made in a crock pot?  I wouldn’t.  The chicken thighs get browned on the stovetop (which I did the night before) before getting put in the crock pot on top of the vegetables which gives them a nice crispy skin.  The slow cooking of the meat with the lemons makes it incredibly tender and flavorful, along with the potatoes which have a wonderful lemony hint to them.  Pretty darn fancy for a Wednesday night dinner, I’d say.  

Slow Cooker Honey Lime Chicken with New Potatoes
recipe from Rachael Ray
makes 4 servings

2 tbsp olive oil
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
salt and pepper
1 1/2 lb new potatoes, washed and quartered
1 small onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried thyme, or 5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked and chopped
2 lemons, thinly sliced
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup water

Directions:

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Season chicken with salt and pepper, then  brown both sides, about 2 minutes each side.

In slow cooker, add potatoes, onion, garlic, thyme, and lemon slices.  Season with salt and pepper, then lay the browned chicken on top.  Drizzle with honey.  Add water, cover, and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.  Enjoy!

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