Chicken Cacciatore Slow Cooker Recipe

Start your week off right and meal prep this chicken cacciatore slow cooker recipe! It has all of the traditional and savory flavors of chicken cacciatore, but it’s ready in no time with very few steps! Eat it alone or over your favorite pasta!

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All About Chicken Cacciatore- An Italian Favorite

Have you ever been asked the question “If you could eat one type of cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be?”? Every single time my answer is ITALIAN. Meat, cheese, crunchy bread, green salads, red onion, wine, and pasta. PASTA. I just love the spices and flavors of Italian cooking.

I also love Italian culture. The very first trip Lee and I ever took together was a study abroad trip to Italy. We studied, took cooking classes, and ate delicious food. I fell in love with Italian culture, PDA, and the intentional time Italians spend on their food for their people.

Actually, the cooking class that Lee and I took in Italy is where we both learned how to make a traditional chicken cacciatore! Cacciatore (or alle cacciatora) means “hunters style”. The dish is traditionally made with wild game. You throw your meat into a pot with tomato sauce, onion, herbs, and olives and you let it slow cook in a dutch oven. It is a delicious process!

Our chicken cacciatore recipe uses all of the traditional ingredients of a traditional cacciatore, but we throw it all in a slow cooker for ease.

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Chicken Cacciatore Slow Cooker Recipe

There is really nothing you can do to screw up this chicken cacciatore slow cooker recipe. One thing I really love about this recipe is the flavor of the tomato sauce after you have let it slow cook for hours. It’s so scrumptious. Some of the things to keep in mind before making this chicken cacciatore slow cooker recipe.

  • Don’t slice your sweet peppers too thin. You don’t want them to get too squishy in the slow cooker.
  • The flavor of the tomato sauce really depends on your fresh herbs and what Italian Seasoning you have. You guys, our very very favorite Italian Seasoning is from Lunds & Byerlys. It has a mixture of real Italian seasoning, but then has chunks of garlic, onion, and more. It’s to die for. If I’m being honest with you I always add an extra tablespoon if I have this mix on hand! Anyway, buy yourself a quality Italian seasoning, people!
  • If you would like to add different veggies to the mix dice up a potato into small 1/2 inch cubes, half some mushrooms, or add some chopped cauliflower. Add whatever veggies you want!
  • Here is the most commonly asked question–> “Do I have to add the olives? I hate olives”. Of course, you don’t have to add the olives, but they add an insanely delicious flavor to the recipe. Try adding the olives and then picking them out before you eat it!
  • Lastly, you can serve this chicken cacciatore slow cooker recipe however you would like, but we would serve it over your favorite pasta! We used pappardelle pasta and it was amazing. The last touch would be to top your cacciatore with parmesan cheese and a glass of wine!

My mouth is watering. I must make it RIGHT NOW.

Get out your pen an paper and let’s make a grocery list for this bad boy!

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Grocery List for Chicken Cacciatore Slow Cooker Recipe

  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 lbs. chicken breast
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 3.8-oz. can sliced black olives
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • 8 oz. of your favorite pasta (we used pappardelle)

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Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Start your week off right and meal prep this chicken cacciatore slow cooker recipe! It has all of the traditional and savory flavors of chicken cacciatore, but it’s ready in no time with very few steps! Eat it alone or over your favorite pasta!

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 4 servings 1x
Category: Dinner
Method: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

  • 1 large red pepper, sliced
  • 1 large green pepper, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 3.8-oz. can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • salt, to taste
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme*
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary*
  • 8 oz. of your favorite pasta

Instructions

  1. Place red pepper, green pepper, garlic, chicken breast, onion, and black olives into slow cooker.
  2. Create sauce by mixing together tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning, and salt.
  3. Then, pour sauce on top of ingredients in the slow cooker and mix together.
  4. Finally, create fresh herb bundle by tying thyme and rosemary together with twine. Set on top of everything in slow cooker.
  5. Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
  6. Once the chicken has fully cooked, remove and use 2 forks to shred. Then, remove herb bundle and add the shredded chicken back in and mix.
  7. Serve over your favorite pasta or eat by itself with a splash of balsamic vinegar and shredded parmesan on top.

Notes

  • If you do not want to use fresh herbs you can alternatively add 1 more tablespoon of Italian seasoning in place of thyme and rosemary.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4
  • Calories: 471
  • Sugar: 15
  • Sodium: 718
  • Fat: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 63
  • Fiber: 10
  • Protein: 35

6 Crockpot Chicken Recipes

Looking for more crockpot chicken recipes? Look no further! Check out 6 similar recipes below. And for an added bonus, check out our Crockpot Freezer Meals post where we teach you how to turn all of these slow cooker recipes into freezer meals.

Freezer Meals
  1. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
  2. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
  3. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Casserole
  4. Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
  5. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup
  6. Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
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