Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

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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.

An up close view of Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore still on the crock.

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.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore served over a bed or rice on a white plate.

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

Placing the chicken in the bottom of the crock.

Place the raw chicken in the base of your crock.

Adding the vegetables to the crock, over the chicken.

Spread the veggies over the chicken.

Mixing the sauce in a mixing bowl.

In a mixing bowl, combine the water, vinegar and spices.

The sauce spread over the chicken and veggies.

Pour the sauce over the chicken and veggies, spreading it over the surface as needed.

Pouring the chicken broth into the crock.

Pour the chicken broth over everything.

Placing the lid on the crock pot.

Secure the lid.

The crock pot set to low heat at 6 hours.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve over pasta or rice.

The finished Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore served over rice on a white plate.

Serve this over your favorite pasta or even over Zoodles!

Recipe Tip

Whisk in some cornstarch at the end to thicken the sauce if using this with pasta. 2 to 3 tbsp. should do the trick.

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An up close view of Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore still on the crock.

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

This delicious meal cooks itself while you do other things!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 226kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

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Ingredients

  • lb. chicken thighs (fat trimmed – you can also use chicken breasts)
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 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

Instructions

  • Place the raw chicken in the base of your crock.
    Placing the chicken in the bottom of the crock.
  • Spread the veggies over the chicken
    Adding the vegetables to the crock, over the chicken.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the water, vinegar and spices.
    Mixing the sauce in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken and veggies, spreading it over the surface as needed.
    The sauce spread over the chicken and veggies.
  • Pour the chicken broth over everything.
    Pouring the chicken broth into the crock.
  • Secure the lid.
    Placing the lid on the crock pot.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
    The crock pot set to low heat at 6 hours.
  • Serve over your favorite pasta or even over Zoodles.
    The finished Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore served over rice on a white plate.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25recipe | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 481mg | Potassium: 1211mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1675IU | Vitamin C: 50.4mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 3.8mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 1/14/17.
 

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