The deep, earthy flavor and fragrance of the porcini mushroom powder complements the wine and herbs perfectly in this chicken and wine stew. This is a terrific example of a recipe that is enhanced by the slow cooker—it just gets better the more time the ingredients mingle. I prefer using the slow cooker for this even when I have time to tend the pot. The flavors are deeper and more layered when made in the slow cooker.
Variation: You can enjoy this elegant dinner any night of the week. The pearl onions and mushrooms can be cooked up to 2 days ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator. The chicken and vegetables can be browned, combined with the other ingredients, and stored, covered, overnight in the refrigerator in a Dutch oven or casserole. (Do not store the ingredients in the slow cooker insert.)
The next day, transfer the ingredients to the insert. Allow the ingredients to come to room temperature before cooking. Continue with the recipe as written.
Suggested Accompaniments: Mashed potatoes, garlic-roasted potatoes, steamed rice, pasta, toasted baguette slices rubbed with olive oil and garlic.
This dish was featured as part of our Hanukkah Recipes photo gallery.