Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore


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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is an easy spin on a classic Italian recipe. Tender bone in chicken, peppers, mushrooms and onions are simmered in a rich tomato sauce.

Serve this favorite over long pasta for a comforting, belly warming meal!

A serving of chicken cacciatore served over spaghetti with a slow cooker in the background.

Whether you make it bone in or with potatoes, this spicy and hearty stew is just the ticket for any crowd! And the leftovers? To ‘dine’ for. All you need is some garlic bread

What’s in Chicken Cacciatore?

Cacciatore means, ‘hunter’ in Italian, but in Italian cooking, ‘alla cacciatora’ means braised meat cooked with onions, herbs, bell peppers, and maybe a splash of red wine to deepen the flavors.

In the old country, cacciatore is made with rabbits, but here in North America, chicken is the preferred protein! Choose dark-meat bone in chicken for the most tender results (thighs and drumsticks).

Overhead image of browned chicken thighs in the slow cooker with chopped vegetables to the side.

How to Make Chicken Cacciatore in Slow Cooker

  1. Brown chicken and place in the bottom of a slow cooker with the veggies.
  2. Pour sauce ingredients into the slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  3. Finally, remove the lid and let the stew cook until it is thickened a little more. Serve over pasta.

Left image of all the chopped vegetables in the slow cooker. Right image of vegetables topped with crushed tomatoes.

Serve this Dish With…

Slow cooker and stovetop chicken cacciatore are definitely a complete meal in themselves!

Serve this over pasta (or even mashed potatoes). Add in a fresh, crispy green salad on the side and some dinner rolls to sop up all the tangy tomato-y sauce!

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Slow cooker chicken cacciatore on a plate with noodles and parsley
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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Whether you make it bone-in or with potatoes, this spicy and hearty stew is just the ticket for any crowd!

Ingredients

  • 6-8 bone-in chicken thighs
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 green bell pepper cored, seeded and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper cored, seeded and diced
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 14 ounces tomato sauce
  • 14 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives drained and pitted, or 1 1/2 tablespoons capers

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Instructions

  • Season chicken with salt & pepper and cook over medium heat until skin is browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Top the chicken with diced bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, and garlic.
  • Combine remaining ingredients (except olives) and pour over the vegetables.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 7-8 hours or until chicken is cooked through.
  • After 4 hours carefully remove the chicken, add olives (or capers) and stir to combine the sauce.
  • Serve the chicken over pasta with the sauce from the slow cooker.

Recipe Notes

Optional: After removing the chicken from the slow cooker, place under the broiler to crisp the skin before serving.
To thicken sauce, combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water. Add to sauce a little bit at a time and stir to combine. You may or may not need the cornstarch depending on how much liquid your veggies and chicken release.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 387, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 142mg, Sodium: 440mg, Potassium: 873mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1087IU, Vitamin C: 56mg, Calcium: 74mg, Iron: 3mg
Keyword chicken cacciatore, slow cooker chicken cacciatore
A serving of chicken cacciatore served over spaghetti with a slow cooker in the back ground.
A serving of chicken cacciatore served over spaghetti with a slow cooker in the back ground.
Top photo - A serving of chicken cacciatore served over spaghetti on a white plate. Bottom photo - Overhead image of browned chicken thighs in the slow cooker with chopped vegetables to the side.

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