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Easy Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

This easy and healthy Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore is a tender and flavorful Italian chicken dinner recipe made in a slow cooker. Chicken thighs or chicken breasts are simmered in a rich and mouth-watering cacciatore sauce, absorbing all the delicious flavors!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore, Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 346kcal
Author: Cindy

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken thighs skinless and bone-in (or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts)
  • salt and pepper to taste (I use 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper)
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 4 oz mushrooms sliced
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes 1 can
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic or 3 cloves
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup pitted olives (I use Kalamata olives, but you can use green or black olives)
  • 1/2 cup cooking wine (you can also use red wine or white wine)
  • fresh herbs parsley or basil, optional for garnish

Instructions

  • Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker, overlapping only as much as necessary.
  • Top with onions, peppers, mushrooms, crushed tomatoes, garlic, oregano, olives and wine. Give it a quick stir.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the chicken reads 165°F (74°C). You can also cook it on HIGH for 2-3 hours. (Boneless chicken breasts need 3 hours on Low or 1 ½-2 hours on High.)
  • When the chicken is done cooking, transfer to a serving platter and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Optional: You can thicken the sauce by adding the mixture of 1 tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons of water to the crock pot. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes. (To thicken faster, cook it in a skillet on medium heat for 3-5 minutes.)
  • Taste the sauce and add more salt if desired.
  • Serve on top of pasta and spoon extra sauce over the chicken. Garnish with optional parsley or herbs of your choice.

Notes

  • To make it spicy, add ½-1 teaspoon of red chili flakes to the sauce.
  • Pasta not included in nutritional info.

Nutrition

Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 462mg | Potassium: 803mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1090IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3mg