For the Coziest, Hands-Off Chicken Recipe, Look No Further

When we put out the call for our latest recipe contest, we asked you to send in your most “settable-and-forgettable” (but not, you know, forgettable) slow-cooker recipes. (Pajamas not required, but strongly encouraged.)

And you all hugely delivered. Our test kitchen was set ablaze (electronically) with melty meats, complex curries, and saucy sandwiches. The competition was fierce; the top recipe was not immediately apparent, which meant for vigorous rounds of re-tastings testings.

On one side, there was THE SUBURBAN SOAPBOX‘s butter chicken—which, despite a long bath in the slow-cooker, becomes tender but not too tender. On the other, GG Wang‘s recipe has you plop an entire raw chicken (!) into an Instant Pot, only for it to emerge perfectly soy-braised 90 minutes later.

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But only one recipe can reign coziest. So let’s give a big round of applause for…

Congrats, GG Wang! And thank you for making our winter weeknights a little less dreary.

Also, a big shoutout to everyone who submitted and made this contest oh so cozy. Stay tuned for a Q&A with GG Wang, where we’ll ask her all about this winning recipe.

Shortly after that, we’ll announce our next contest theme!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Coral Lee is an Associate Editor at Food52. Before this, she cooked food solely for photos. Before that, she cooked food solely for customers. And before that, she shot lasers at frescoes in Herculaneum and taught yoga. When she’s not writing about or making food, she’s thinking about it. Her Heritage Radio Network show, “Meant to be Eaten,” explores cross-cultural exchange as afforded by food. You can follow her on Instagram @meanttobeeaten.


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