Chicken Thighs with Sausage Recipe
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Chicken Thighs with Sausage Recipe

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Whether you’re serving your family or special guests, this comforting entree hits the spot on cold winter nights. —Joanna Iovino, Kings Park, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 pounds), skin removed
  • 1 package (14 ounces) smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon browning sauce, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 280 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 118mg cholesterol, 675mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 33g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 starch, 5 lean mea


  1. In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the carrots, celery and onion. Top with chicken and sausage.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, garlic, hot sauce, seasonings and, if desired, browning sauce. Spoon over meats. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is tender. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Thighs with Sausage in Healthy Cooking December/January 2011, p43

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

"This was TERRIBLE! Might be ok if the amount of the spices were cut way down."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

"Was drawn to this recipe for several reasons: easy to put precooking; was compatible with one guest's weight watcher diet; and sounded delicious.

I try on my first attempt to stick to a recipe. This one went off the rails, BUTT since it turned out so delicious thought I'd share what we did differently. (My son helped me put this together, which is the main reason it went a bit differently. He is a wonderful, intuitive cook, so I left the seasoning to him.)
First, my 8 thighs came to 5.5 pounds. We doubled the carrots. Then my son decided that the seasoning wasn't nearly enough for amount of food. He went really light on the thyme and allspice and omitted the browning sauce. The rest of the spices he at least doubled. We ran out of Louisiana hot sauce, so he filled in with sriracha.
I was concerned with their being no liquid except what the food would generate, so trimmed all excess skin off, but left just enough to cover each thigh.
By the time everyone was ready to eat, it had cooked a bit longer than 9 hours. We plated it over a bed of rice. It was spectacular!!!!
For those who work and need a long cooking time, this is a good choice.
Thanks Taste of Home!"

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"Very good. I did not use the browning sauce. I also forgot to start making it in time so I cooked @ 350 for about 70 mins, covered."

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"Quick & Easy. Husband loved it."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"very good. next time will omit liquid browning as it gave the dish a rather unpleasant appearance."

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