Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe – This easy crock pot dinner recipe is simple to prepare and bursting with flavour. Chicken thighs are braised in a tomato sauce with basil, oregano, olives, onions and mushrooms. Perfect served with pasta, rice or mashed potatoes. This also freezes really well for a meal in a hurry.
I have a confession. I’ve never really liked using a slow cooker (or crock pot if you’re American). Everything I cook always seemed just not quite as good as oven baked or cooked on the hob (well apart from fudge – oh HELLO).
So, this winter I made it my mission to try and put that right. In the process of come up with some recipes I’d love, including this Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore, I bought a new slow cooker (THIS one, for about £30 on Amazon) and just like that, things were looking up.
I realised that the crock pot I’d had before was pretty old and very heavy. Maybe that was putting my lazy self off? Turns out I was right, my new investment was so much lighter and easier to use and wash. Not to mention, you can use the same pan to sear the meat on the hob and also cook in the slow cooker, like the chicken thighs in this recipe. Genius or what?
Once you’ve browned off the thighs, you can pop in all of your other ingredients, tomatoes, tomato paste, olives, mushrooms, onions, carrots and herbs, and nestle the chicken thighs on top.
Leave it to cook away whilst you busy yourself with your day and boom, by dinner time, the wafts of Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore will be winging their way across the kitchen.
This is one of my favourite meals I’ve ever cooked in a slow cooker – hurrah! What next?
What ingredients are in Chicken Cacciatore?
The basic recipe is chicken pieces browned, vegetables, tomatoes and herbs added. It can be made with chicken or rabbit. The thing I really like about this dish is that it’s so easy to mix up with whatever you have in the fridge or store cupboard and change it to your family tastes.
What is best to serve with Chicken Cacciatore?
I tend to serve this with rice (brown rice is good for texture), cous cous, mashed potatoes, pasta or even soft polenta. All of them work well.
What vegetables go in Chicken Cacciatore?
In this recipe I’ve used tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, fresh herbs, carrots and olives. Some recipes use bell peppers (mostly American versions of the recipe I’ve found) but I don’t as I’m not keen on them cooked in the slow cooker or crock pot. Feel free to add them in in you prefer.
Is Chicken Cacciatore Italian?
According to Wikipedia:
So yes, it’s Italian in origin but so easy to adapt with whichever vegetables or herbs you fancy or have at home.
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How to make the Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore:
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe - This easy crock pot dinner recipe is simple to prepare and bursting with flavour. Chicken thighs are braised in a tomato sauce with basil, oregano, olives, onions and mushrooms. Perfect served with pasta, rice or mashed potatoes. This also freezes really well for a meal in a hurry.
- 900g Chicken thighs, bone in
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 200 g Onions Peeled and chopped into chunks
- 4 Cloves Garlic
- 400 g Tinned tomatoes
- 100 g Tomato paste or puree
- 250 g Mushrooms Chopped into medium chunks
- 250 g Carrots Peeled and chopped into chunks
- 75 g Olives Drained and chopped a little
- 1 tbsp Dried oregano
- 2 tbsp Sun dried tomato paste If you have it, don't worry if you'd prefer not to buy a whole tube
- Salt and pepper
- 30 g Fresh basil
Heat the oil in a pan (or in the pan of the slow cooker if you're using a nifty one like mine that can work on the hob too!) brown off your chicken thighs in batches until golden all over.
Remove from the heat. Into your slow cooker put your onions, garlic, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, mushrooms, carrots, olives, oregano, sun-dried tomato paste (if using) and salt and pepper. Give everything a good stir and sit the chicken on top.
Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.
Just before serving add the fresh basil and give everything a good stir.
- You can use skin on or off chicken thighs for this recipe, whichever you prefer. The skins can go a little soft in the slow cooker but they do keep the meat very tender.
- You can also use bone in or bone out chicken thighs, it's personal preference. Boneless are easier to eat, but I do think that bone in gives more flavour. If you use boneless you'll probably only need about 750g rather than 900g of bone in chicken thighs.