Braised chicken in riesling

Total Time
6 hr 7 min
7 min
6 hr
Humble chicken thighs are elevated to white tablecloth status in this slow cooker braise. Though this dish is traditionally made with a dry red wine, we love the lighter and equally delicious result you get by substituting a white wine such as Riesling. Riesling is a white wine grape varietal grown in Germany and North America that is pressed and fermented into an aromatic, fruity white wine of the same name. Rieslings can be still, sparkling, sweet, semi-sweet, or bone dry. Use a wine with a flavor profile that you would enjoy drinking. Like most braised dishes, this one is even better the day after it is made, so consider yourself lucky if you have leftovers.


Uncooked boneless skinless chicken thigh(s)

6 thigh(s)

Table salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Olive oil

1 Tbsp

Cooked green cabbage

1½ cup(s), shredded, finely shredded

Uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, thinly sliced

Uncooked baby carrots

15 item(s)


3 medium clove(s), peeled

White wine

¾ fl oz, Riesling or other variety

Reduced-sodium chicken broth

¾ cup(s)

Canned tomato paste

2 Tbsp



All-purpose flour

2 Tbsp

Cooked skinless chicken thigh(s) with bone

6 thigh(s)


  1. Sprinkle the chicken with the salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning, until browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker.
  3. Add the cabbage and onion to the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the slow cooker and top with the carrots and garlic.
  4. Whisk together the wine, broth, and tomato paste in a bowl, then pour over the chicken. Cover and cook until the chicken and carrots are fork-tender, 4 – 6 hours on high or 8 – 10 hours on low. With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a deep platter. Keep warm.
  5. Whisk together the water and flour in a small bowl until smooth. Whisk in about 1/4 cup of the hot stew liquid until blended, then stir the flour mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until the mixture simmers and thickens, about 15 minutes longer. Serve over the chicken. 1 chicken thigh and 1⁄2 cup vegetables with sauce per serving.


If you prefer not to use wine, substitute an equal amount of reduced-sodium chicken broth.