Slow cooker sage chicken with red potatoes

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
5 hr 29 min
10 min
5 hr 19 min
This hearty slow cooker stew is similar to the classic French dish “Chicken Bonne Femme,” which translates as “Good Wife’s Chicken.” The quick and easy 10-minute prep can be done in the morning so your slow cooker does the heavy lifting while you enjoy your day. By dinnertime you have a complete meal, ready to serve. The rustic flavors of chicken, potatoes and and carrots are enhanced by the robust combination of lemon, sage and parsley, stirred into the mix for the final 10 minutes adding zing to the entire dish. If you like, you can substitute tarragon, rosemary, or thyme for the sage, and 1⁄2 cup of wine for 1⁄2 cup of the broth.


Olive oil

2 tsp, extra-virgin

Uncooked red onion(s)

1 large, chopped

Uncooked celery

3 rib(s), medium, diced

Garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced

All-purpose flour

1 Tbsp

Reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 cup(s)

Uncooked skinless boneless chicken drumstick(s)

1½ pound(s), (about 6 1/4 drumsticks)

Uncooked red potato(es)

1 pound(s), cut into quarters

Uncooked baby carrots

1 pound(s)

Bay leaf

1 leaf/leaves

Table salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

Fresh parsley

½ cup(s), fresh, chopped

Dried sage

1 tsp, or 1 tablespoons fresh, chopped

Lemon zest

tsp, 1 strip

Fresh lemon juice

2 tsp


  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add the broth and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
  2. Put the chicken, potatoes, carrots, bay leaf, salt, and pepper in a 5–6-quart slow cooker; pour the broth mixture over the chicken and vegetables. Cover the slow cooker and cook until chicken and vegetables are fork-tender, 4–5 hours on high or 8–10 hours on low.
  3. Discard the bay leaf. Add the parsley, sage, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the slow cooker; cover and cook on high until the flavors blend, about 10 minutes. Yields 1 drumstick with 1 cup vegetables and sauce per serving.