Chicken with Capers, Slow Cooker; waiting for spring

I needed lemons a few weeks ago.

I don’t remember why nor do I remember why I didn’t use them… But I’ve had 3 lemons in my fridge ever since.

I really hate to waste food – especially food that I paid money for. I’m not so fussy about excess summer squashes in July,

The lemons needed to be used so last week became Lemon Week.

I know I could have made this lovely Lemon Ricotta Cake but, with only 2 eating it, a cake can be a challenge.

Well – it should be a challenge.

Lemon is the only fruit I like in savory dishes, so finding a use for 3 lemons was easy.

This was first:

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Chicken with Capers, Slow Cooker

Chicken Piccata  ! This was an easy, flavorful slow cooker chicken main course with lemon, capers and tarragon. No pre-cooking needed. Lemon, capers and tarragon

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Slow Cooker


  • 4 chicken thighs, skinned
  • 46 shallots, chopped, about 1 cup
  • 2 tsp savory
  • 2 tsp tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp sumac
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) white wine
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken stock
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs tapioca
  • 4 tbs capers
  • 1 lemon, sliced, seeds removed


  • Combine herbs, wine, stock, and mustard.
  • Put half of the shallots in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle 1 tbs tapioca and 2 tbs capers on shallots.
  • Add half of the ‘sauce’ and stir to combine.
  • Top with chicken.
  • Put the rest of the shallots, tapioca and capers on top of the chicken.
  • Pour the rest of the sauce over all.
  • Top with the sliced lemon.
  • Cook on low, 6 hours. 
  • Turn chicken and stir once after 4 or 5 hours if so inclined.
  • Remove chicken to a platter, spoon over and serve.


I use tapioca as a thickener in the slow cooker because it can be added at the beginning.10

Chicken with Lemon & Capers

I know I’ve been complaining about the weather and the constant rain, wind and cold, gray days – but it’s so boring!

It’s spring ! Or close enough, anyway, and I want to be outside.

The markets are full of primroses and pansies. I bought my onion and shallots for planting weeks ago. I’ve learned that if I don’t buy when they’re first on display I end up with the ones no one wants.

The same with the seeds. I ordered all of my seeds last week and, already, some were out of stock.

I’ve never been a particularly patient person, but, at this rate, it will be June before it dries up enough to work outside. By that time we’ll need big tractors and machetes. I may hate the rain but the weeds and grasses seem to love it.

I suppose I could clean the house,,,,,

Nah, there’s really no point when the dog and humans are tracking mud in every day.

I could sit at my computer and track the coronavirus…..

Nah, that’s just stressful and accomplishes nothing.

I think this is what they call ‘cabin fever’ back in the Midwest.

5 thoughts on “Chicken with Capers, Slow Cooker; waiting for spring”

  1. Cabin fever got me to wash three window and two doorwalls the past two days. Yup. It’s there…

    I love lemon with chicken. Piccata, soup, lots of things. I’ve never made piccata in the slow cooker, but I think I need to try this now.

  2. Lemons are indeed easy to use in my kitchen as well.
    Yes you do have cabin fever. House cleaning never cured mine.

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