Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore
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Ratings (108)
  • Total: 5 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yield: 4 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
565 Calories
24g Fat
35g Carbs
53g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 565
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 344mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Protein 53g
Calcium 144mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This chicken cacciatore is cooked in the slow cooker. Boneless chicken breasts, sliced mushrooms, and garlic make this dish a wonderful, rustic combination. Serve this chicken and tomato sauce over hot cooked spaghetti or another similar pasta. 

Boneless chicken thighs are an excellent choice for this recipe because they are more flavorful and stay moist and juicy in the slow cooker. A combination of chicken breasts and chicken thighs would be excellent as well.

Cooked on low, the condensation should add extra moisture to the dish, but if you cook the dish on high setting or if your slow cooker tends to cook quickly, check and add more chicken stock or water, as needed. 

The oregano and basil are added about halfway through the cooking to prevent bitterness. If the sauce is somewhat bitter, add a teaspoon or more of granulated or brown sugar, or to taste. Feel free to leave the wine out and use more water or stock. 

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless (boneless chicken breast halves or boneless chicken thighs)
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 8 ounces mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (or red wine)
  • 1/4 cup water (or chicken stock)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Put the sliced onion in bottom of the slow cooker.

    Onions in the slow cooker.
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  3. Top with the chicken breasts or thighs.

    Chicken and onions in the slow cooker.
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  4. In a bowl, combine the tomato paste, mushrooms, salt, pepper, garlic, bay leaf, wine, and water or stock; stir to blend thoroughly.

    Cacciatore mixture.
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  5. Spread the sauce mixture over the chicken.

    Chicken cacciatore in the slow cooker.
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  6. Cover and cook on low 5 to 7 hours, or about 3 hours on high. About halfway through the cooking time, add the oregano and basil.

    Slow cooked chicken cacciatore.
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  7. Taste the sauce and adjust seasonings. 

    Chicken cacciatore sauce.
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  8. Serve as a sauce for hot cooked spaghetti or similar pasta.

    Chicken cacciatore over pasta.
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  9. Enjoy!

Variations

  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes to the sauce mixture.