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Chicken Thighs with Sausage Recipe

Chicken Thighs with Sausage Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

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: 5 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

Reviews for Chicken Thighs with Sausage

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shull User ID: 1410349 220185
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

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

dvvb User ID: 7996900 176501
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!"

lmmanda User ID: 1101093 191181
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."

rollingalone User ID: 7731130 193833
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"Quick & Easy. Husband loved it."

Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 122109
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

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

kitchey User ID: 3750980 115192
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"I used Italian sausage...nixed the allspice, used fennel seed. Excellent dinner for family or company. I made roasted potatoes as a side dish, and made a chicken potato salad with the leftovers."

asoeaston User ID: 5002730 181391
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"I thought the spices were much too strong, no one in my family liked it."

jlastov1 User ID: 2803963 122108
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Excellent flavor combination. My family thought it was great. I made it in the oven instead of a crock pot, with the same tender results."

jlastov1 User ID: 2803963 192523
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Excellent flavor. My family thought it was great."

AVacca08 User ID: 5989469 190137
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"This was a big hit with my husband. The chicken is so flavorful and tender. I did double the sausage the second time I made it, that way there was enough sausage to mix with every bite of chicken. Delicious!"

rosenfja User ID: 1940302 123738
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"My whole family loved it! The chicken is so tender and flavorful. I did use a few more chicken thighs and it barely served 6 adults (3 males)."

interpretermom User ID: 3118724 123735
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"I made this for a crowd and it was a hit!"

passin User ID: 3166005 212130
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"We put this as in the top ten all time favorite dishes, it's great! I did thicken the sauce with a little corn starch and added a tbsp of tomato paste at the end though."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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