Lunch / Dinner
Italian Chicken Thighs with asiago-garlic sauce
When you make this creamy, cheesy, perfectly seasoned comfort meal of Italian Chicken Thighs, your friends and family will be lining up to hug you — it’s that good. Seriously, it tastes like something an Italian grandmother would have made. And the slow cooker couldn’t make this dish any easier.
Combine 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper, then rub on all sides of thighs.
Melt butter in a sauté pan over medium–high. Add thighs and sear until browned on all sides, 8–10 minutes. Transfer thighs to a 4- to 6-qt. slow cooker; pour off all but 1 Tbsp. drippings from pan.
Add garlic and remaining 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning to pan; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Deglaze pan with wine, scraping up any brown bits. Cook until wine is reduced by half. Stir in broth and half-and-half; heat just to a simmer.
Add 1 cup Asiago and cream cheese, whisking until cheeses melt and sauce is thickened; season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over thighs.
Cover slow cooker and cook thighs until fork-tender on low setting, 3½–4 hours.
Transfer thighs to a serving platter and top with remaining ¼ cup Asiago. Serve thighs with sauce.
To get good browning on the chicken, don’t overcrowd the pan and sear the thighs in two batches.
For extra flavor, use the drippings to make the sauce, but only use 1 Tbsp. so it’s not overly rich.
Whisk the sauce just until the Asiago and cream cheese melt. The sauce will slightly thicken, too
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 47%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 203mg 67%
Sodium 1012mg 42%
Carbs 5g 1%
Fiber 1g 4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.