This easy crock pot chicken cacciatore recipe is delicious and family friendly. It’s perfect over rice or pasta!
Let dinner cook itself tonight. My favorite way to eat this is over some pasta. This is an Italian dish, so pasta is a perfect pairing. However, rice is equally good.
What Is Chicken Cacciatore?
Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian. In cuisine, alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared “hunter-style” with onions, herbs, usually tomatoes, often bell peppers, and sometimes wine. Cacciatore was named for the Italian poet Antonio Cacciatore. Wikipedia
While wine would be a very tasty addition here, I opted to keep things clean and make it without, and it was still super delicious!
Chicken Cacciatore In A Crock Pot
While chicken cacciatore can be made on the stove top, but making in a crock pot is a very simplified way to make it. And you can’t argue with dinner cooking itself! You just layer the ingredients and set it to cook.
Can I Use Other Vegetables?
Absolutely! Potatoes are a great addition, as is celery, peas or corn.
What You’ll Need
1½ lb. chicken thighs – You can also use chicken breasts. I just like the way the thighs shred. To keep things healthier, trim the fat off the thighs.
8 oz. sliced mushrooms – I buy mine pre-sliced. White or brown mushrooms will work here.
1 cup sliced carrots – Have some fun with this and use multi-colored or heirloom carrots!
1½ cups chopped red bell pepper – If you don’t like red, try orange or yellow. But I would avoid green peppers. They are too bitter.
6 oz. can tomato paste – Make sure there is no sugar added.
¾ cup water – This is just to add some fluid so the sauce is easy to combine.
¼ cup balsamic vinegar – This adds wonderful flavor. But if you prefer wine, add that instead in the same amount.
1 tbsp. garlic powder – I use garlic granules. Whichever one you have will work.
1 tbsp. onion powder – I use onion granules, but again, use what you have.
2 tbsp. Italian Seasoning – Store-bought is found in the spice aisle, or you can make it yourself. See the recipe link below.
1 cup chicken broth – Check the ingredient list to avoid sugar. In meat products, this is most often listed as dextrose.
Salt to taste after cooking – I use pink Himalayan salt, but use what you usually use in the kitchen.
How To Make Chicken Cacciatore In A Crock Pot
Place the raw chicken in the base of your crock.
Spread the veggies over the chicken.
In a mixing bowl, combine the water, vinegar and spices.
Pour the sauce over the chicken and veggies, spreading it over the surface as needed.
Pour the chicken broth over everything.
Secure the lid.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve over pasta or rice.
Serve this over your favorite pasta or even over Zoodles!
Whisk in some cornstarch at the end to thicken the sauce if using this with pasta. 2 to 3 tbsp. should do the trick.
More Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes
- Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken Verde
- Slow Cooker Black Bean Mexican Chicken
- Slow Cooker Tortilla Chicken Stew
Crock Pot chicken Cacciatore Recipe
Recipe updated 5/19/2021.
Easy Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
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- 1½ lb. chicken thighs (fat trimmed – you can also use chicken breasts)
- 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 1½ cups chopped red bell pepper
- 6 oz. can tomato paste (no sugar added)
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. onion powder
- 2 tbsp. Italian Seasoning (Store-bought is found in the spice aisle, or homemade – see link above)
- 1 cup chicken broth (no sugar added)
- salt to taste after cooking
- Place the raw chicken in the base of your crock.
- Spread the veggies over the chicken
- In a mixing bowl, combine the water, vinegar and spices.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken and veggies, spreading it over the surface as needed.
- Pour the chicken broth over everything.
- Secure the lid.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Serve over your favorite pasta or even over Zoodles.
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 1/14/17.