Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is cooked in a crock pot; is saucy, hearty and requires only 5 main ingredients!! Hard to beat this comfort food that practically cooks itself.

This hearty and saucy Slow Cooker chicken cacciatore is cooked in a crock pot and requires only 5 main ingredients!! Hard to beat this comfort food that practically cooks itself.pinterestSlow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is a fantastic family dinner when served over a bed of warm egg noodles.

Now that weather is cooling down and days are getting shorter, it’s time to dust off that slow cooker of yours and put it to work. Today, we are making hearty and saucy chicken cacciatore.

But what is chicken cacciatore, you wonder? Well, to me, chicken cacciatore is any kind of braised chicken dish. Stick-to-your-ribs hearty, saucy braised chicken. When translated from Italian, it means hunter-style chicken. And you can interpret it however you like.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is cooked in a crock pot; is saucy, hearty and requires only 5 main ingredients!! Hard to beat this comfort food that practically cooks itself.

Most recipes for chicken cacciatore call for bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, and of course, chicken. And my version of chicken cacciatore isn’t much different.

Time-saving advantages for Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore:

  1. Today’s chicken recipe is cooked in a slow cooker, which means it requires minimal hands-on time! Dinner practically cooks itself!!
  2. Only 5 main ingredients!!! Every ingredient is here for a reason. Each one adds flavor and play a key role. You can add ingredients, like bell pepper, but please don’t remove anything and expect a good result.
  3. A few words about chicken. Use only chicken thighs, not breast meat. Because we’re cooking this dish in a slow cooker for extended period, chicken breast comes out dry and awful. I tried it, and believe me, it wasn’t a winner. Darker meat cooks much better! Oh and you can throw in those frozen thighs without even thawing!!! Now, that’s a winner in my book.
  4. When preparing this chicken cacciatore, I like to layer the ingredients in certain order. First goes chicken thighs, season them with salt and pepper. Then evenly spread garlic and onion slices over the chicken. Top everything with mushroom slices and then pour the pasta sauce over the mushrooms. And that’s it! No need to stir or mix anything, just cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high, or 7-8 hours on low.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is cooked in a crock pot; is saucy, hearty and requires only 5 main ingredients!! Hard to beat this comfort food that practically cooks itself.

And when ready to serve, cook some pasta and serve with some fresh parsley and parm cheese. Voila, delicious dinner is ready to be devoured!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

This hearty and saucy chicken cacciatore is cooked in a slow cooker and requires only 5 main ingredients!! Hard to beat this comfort food that practically cooks itself.

  • Author: Shinee D.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 frozen boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 8oz mushroom of your choice, sliced
  • 28oz pasta sauce

For serving:

  • Cooked pasta
  • Fresh parsley
  • Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Place the frozen chicken thighs on the bottom of the slow cooker in one layer. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Evenly spread pressed garlic and shallot over the chickens and then add the mushrooms.
  3. Pour pasta sauce evenly over mushrooms. Cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
  4. When ready to serve, cook pasta of your choice according to package directions. Garnish the chicken with parsley and parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4
About the author

Born and raised in Mongolia, Shinee (Shin-eh) now lives in rural North Dakota with her rancher husband and a very active toddler son. She believes delicious homemade meals don't have to take hours to cook. Her mission is to inspire busy cooks with simple, quick and tested recipes and avoid a dinner rut at all costs.
3 Responses
  1. Lynn

    Easy to make, it’s in my crock pot now. Didn’t have mushrooms, so used carrots. Also using jared vodka sauce that all I had. Going to make pasta to finish it up.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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