Aroma is divine.We cooked for four hours and it was ready. I did not use any past for myself by my hubby did and loved it. I used chicken breasts instead of thighs. It was very tender and warm. I did took the advice of other reviewers and used the chicken broth instead of wine, used hot pepper and more garlic! I do think the points should be less if you go item by item. Especially using the chicken breasts in place of the thighs. I know there were a couple of other reviewers who agree.