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The All-in-One (and All-Star) Chicken Dinner
This simple yet not-boring twist on chicken stew hits every note: It's homemade and comforting, easy to throw together and just a little different from the usual. It includes barley, an ingredient that feels fresh and new, and the grains give the dish some nice heft, so it's a complete and filling meal. The recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken-thigh meat and a good glug of white wine, along with leeks, which slowly melt into the dish as they cook and are a terrific contrast to the pleasantly chewy barley.

Get the recipe: Crock-Pot Chicken, Barley and Leeks