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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore – The Girl on Bloor

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This Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is an easy set-it-and-forget-it dinner! Serve this comfort food with egg noodles for a full meal.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Ingredients and substitutions

  • Olive oil – use any neutral cooking oil here, such as avocado or canola oil.
  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs – you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead.
  • Mushrooms – summer squash or zucchini would also be good here.
  • Carrots – double up on the celery or try using some parsnips instead of carrots.
  • Red pepper – swap out for some roasted red peppers for a deeper flavour.
  • Celery – double up on the carrots or leave this out altogether.
  • Yellow onion – white onion or shallots can also be used.
  • Garlic – I prefer the flavour of freshly minced garlic but jarred minced garlic will work in a pinch.
  • Italian seasoning – make your own using a blend of dried basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley and thyme.
  • Salt & pepper – to taste.
  • Marinara sauce – use a homemade sauce or use your favourite store-bought version.
  • Chicken broth – beef broth or vegetable broth would also do the trick.
  • Red or white wine – you can leave this out if need be.
  • Egg noodles – serve your chicken cacciatore over another kind of pasta or even rice.
  • Fresh parsley – garnish with fresh basil instead or leave this out altogether.
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

How to make chicken cacciatore in a slow cooker

  1. Prep your ingredients.
  2. Add everything to the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  4. Serve with egg noodles and dig in!
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

What to serve with chicken cacciatore

Traditionally, egg noodles or pasta are served with this meal. Because it’s a hearty meal on its own, you really don’t even need to serve it with anything extra. However, some people prefer to serve it with rice rather than pasta. Other tasty side dish possibilities include:

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Frequently Asked Questions

What is chicken cacciatore?

Chicken cacciatore is an Italian dish typically made of chicken cooked in a tomato-based sauce with herbs, bell peppers, onion, garlic and sometimes wine, served over pasta.

What is the sauce made of?

The sauce for this recipe cooks alongside the other ingredients and consists of mushrooms, carrots, red pepper, celery, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, marinara sauce, chicken or beef broth and red or white wine. The wine is optional, but I find that it adds even more amazing flavour to the sauce.

How do you make it thicker?

If the sauce is thinner then you like it, there are a few ways you can thicken it up. Make a cornstarch slurry, remove the chicken from the slow cooker, cover the chicken with foil and then stir the slurry into the sauce and cook on low power for 5-10 minutes. Easy-peasy!

Can you make chicken cacciatore in the Instant Pot?

Yes! Add olive oil to the bottom of the pot then add in your chicken and veggies. Leave out the egg noodles or they’ll overcook! Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes, then do a quick release of the pressure. Make sure to cook your egg noodles about 5-10 minutes before the cacciatore is ready, then serve the chicken overtop of the noodles.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Storing and reheating

For an easy meal prep dinner, you can prepare crock pot chicken cacciatore ahead of time, according to the recipe below. The only thing you won’t make until you’re ready to serve the meal are the egg noodles. You can store the chicken cacciatore in the fridge for up to 5 days then reheat in the microwave or in a pan on the stovetop.

Can you freeze chicken cacciatore?

You sure can! Chicken cacciatore can be frozen without the egg noodles in freezer-safe glass bowls or Ziploc bags for up to 3 months. You can reheat from frozen in the microwave, but I find the best way to reheat this dish is to let it defrost in the fridge overnight then reheat on the stovetop over medium heat.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

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Meal prep tools for this recipe

  • Grab some glass meal prep bowls if you plan on turning this cacciatore into your weekly lunches.
  • I get all my free-range chicken from Butcher Box, conveniently delivered to me frozen.
  • Get a meat thermometer to make sure your chicken is cooked through.
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

This Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is an easy set-it-and-forget-it dinner! Serve this comfort food with egg noodles for a full meal.

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Course: Chicken

Cuisine: American, Italian

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 7 hours

Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes

Servings: 6 servings

Calories: 456kcal

Instructions

  • Dump all ingredients except for egg noodles and parsley in slow cooker, then cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.

  • Meanwhile, cook egg noodles according to package directions.

  • Turn off slow cooker once finished cooking. Serve chicken mixture over egg noodles then garnish with fresh herbs. Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

To thicken the sauce, add in a cornstarch slurry.
If you’re not a fan of egg noodles, you can also serve this dish with pasta or rice.
Store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a pot on the stovetop and serve with fresh egg noodles.
Freeze this recipe for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight then reheat as normal.

Nutrition

Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 650mg | Potassium: 695mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4143IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg

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