TODAY   |  October 05, 2012

Make dinner easy with slow-cooker chicken pot au feu

The meal may sound fancy, but author and entertaining expert Katie Lee shows that chicken pot-au-feu is a delicious dish that can be whipped up in just a few simple steps.

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>>> kitchen," what's for dinner? a slow cooker classic but has nothing to do with beef. this meal may sound fancy, but it's an easy and delicious dish that can be whipped up in a few simple steps. katie lee is the author and entertaining expert and she's showing us pot au poux. sounds like a villain from james bond .

>> a slow cooker is a busy cook's best friend.

>> browned up chicken, salt and pepper on it and goes into the skillet. helps it have more flavor when you put it in the slow cooker . put our veggies in first.

>> okay.

>> put those on the bottom and then carrots, celery and onion on top.

>> boom.

>> and it all goes right in. the beauty of this dish and garlic and thyme over it, and then we put our chicken on top. and then when the chicken cooks, all of its good flavors go into the veggies.

>> and what else are we adding here?

>> chicken broth and white wine , and that will give it even more flavor. if you don't have chicken broth , actually just use water because there's enough going on in here that it's going to give that a lot of flavor.

>> okay. last hour of cooking, add some zucchini to it and don't take the lid off while it's cooking. you lose 15 to 20 minutes .

>> how do you get the zucchini in?

>> comes out looking like this. doesn't that look delicious?

>> fantastic.

>> and i do it with a little salad, herbs and nice little viniagrette, crusty bread with some butter and dinner is ready. it's delicious.

>> i never thought about this. use a slow cooker to make dessert.

>> absolutely, doing a caramel apple brioche bread pudding , sounds super fancy. i've got eggs going, probably have everything to make this in your fridge already. whole milk and this is diced apple.

>> great because it's fall and people are going apple picking .

>> and then brown sugar and white sugar, and some vanilla.

>> yeah.

>> it already smells great, doesn't it?

>> really does.

>> spices, ginger, nutmeg and a little bit of salt.

>> mm-hmm.

>> okay. get that nice and whipped and just pour it right on top.

>> that's it?

>> that's it.

>> could have mix it had a little bit more, but, you know. we'll let it slide.

>> all right.

>> the top goes on there, and two hours later you're going to have the most delicious moist bread pudding right here, top it with some caramel sauce. doesn't get any better than this.

>> slow caramel.

>> we're slow cooking .

>> i bet you like a lot of caramel sauce. let's put that on there for you.

>> i want this, too. this looks too good.