Slow Cooker Chicken Dijon

Make with Morovino 11 Pinot Grigio Rose, serve with Pinot Grigio Rose, Sangiovese or Barbera

3 pounds bone-in chicken pieces, (thighs, drumsticks and/or breasts), skin removed, trimmed (Mrs. Vino always makes this with chicken thighs!)
½ cup minced shallots (1 really big shallot)
16 cloves garlic (yep, I really mean 16), chopped
1/3 cup red-wine vinegar
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup 11 Pinot Grigio Rose (or other dry white wine)
2 sprigs fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried
1 8-oz package sliced baby bellas or other sliced mushrooms
½ cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 GENEROUS tablespoon Dijon mustard (please, please don’t use that neon yellow stuff)
2 teaspoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoon(s) finely minced fresh chives (use chives or Mrs. Vino’s favorite substitution: minced green onions)
Salt and pepper to taste

This rich, warming dish starts in the slow cooker and finishes in a saucepan. If you use a whole, cut up chicken, try to make sure you have hacked the chicken pieces to roughly the same size. Place chicken, shallots, garlic, vinegar, chicken broth, mushrooms and Pinot Grigio in the crock of your slow cooker. Nestle thyme sprigs in with the chicken. Cover and cook at least 4 hours, or until you get home from work. When you get home, chop the tomatoes and chives/green onions, drizzle them with olive oil and salt and pepper. Set aside, these are the garnish! Whisk the sour cream, Dijon mustard, tomato paste and flour together in a small bowl (looks gross, will taste good).

Remove the chicken from the crock pot with a slotted spoon and set aside. Discard thyme sprigs. Carefully pour the cooking liquid from the crock into a saucepan and put it over low heat. Slowly whisk in the sour cream mixture and simmer until it thickens to sauce consistency. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary (you should ALWAYS do this). Add the chicken back to the sauce mixture and reheat for about 2 minutes. Serve the chicken mixture over wide egg noodles, topped with the tomato/chive/green onion garnish. Mmmmmm.

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