Slow Cooker Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli
An easy and delicious slow cooker chicken recipe with vegetables! Delicious fresh flavor and perfectly seasoned chicken. A perfect weeknight dinner!
Ready in: 5hours25minutes
2 1/2lbssweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1 1/4-inch cubes
4clovesgarlic, minced (1 1/2 Tbsp)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2tsppacked light brown sugar
1tspdried thyme, or 1 Tbsp fresh minced
3/4tspdried rosemaryor 2 1/2 tsp minced fresh
1/4tspcayenne pepper(more or less to taste for desired heat level)
6largebone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmed
1 1/2Tbspolive oil
1 (16 oz) pkg. frozen broccoli florets
Fresh parsley,chopped (for garnish, optional)
Spray a 6-quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place sweet potatoes in slow cooker in an even layer, pour over chicken broth then sprinkle with half of the garlic and season with salt and pepper.
In a small mixing bowl whisk together paprika, brown sugar, onion powder, thyme, rosemary and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle half of the spice mixture evenly over potatoes, set remaining aside.
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Dab skin side of 3 pieces of the chicken dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper. Sear in oil, skin side down, until golden, about 4 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker over sweet potato layer. Repeat with remaining 3 pieces of chicken.
Sprinkle remaining spice mixture and garlic evenly over chicken, the cover slow cooker and cook on low heat until sweet potatoes are tender and center of chicken registers 165 on an instant read thermometer, about 4 1/2 - 5 hours.
Add broccoli either during the last 30 minutes of cooking or steam in bag as directed on package, season with salt. Plate chicken, sweet potatoes and broccoli and serve with a few spoonfuls of the sauce from the slow cooker (which you can skim off a little of the fat first if preferred).