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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

by Livestrong_Recipes  |  Oct 15, 2018

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Photo Credit: Mark Sisson
  1. PREP
  2. 30 m
  • COOK
  • 5h 30m
  • TOTAL
  • 6 h

If you’re not familiar with chicken cacciatore, it’s classic Italian-American food. The tender chicken falls off the bone into a thick sauce of tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, and garlic. It’s flavorful—but in a mild “everyone’s gonna like this” sort of way.

INGREDIENTS

SERVES 8

  • 8 serving Chicken Thigh Bone In
  • 5 clove garlic
  • 1 slice , medium onion
  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 2 chopped raw Cremini Mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp Bay Leaf
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS

1 Season the chicken generously with salt. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with a drizzle of avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil. When the skillet is hot, add chicken. Cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes a side. Do not crowd the chicken in the skillet; brown in two batches if necessary.
2 Add the browned chicken to the slow cooker.
3 In the same skillet that the chicken was cooked, add the onions. Turn heat down to medium. Saute until onions are soft, 5 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Season lightly with salt.
4 Add onion and garlic to slow cooker. Add tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, bay leaf, and red pepper flakes. Mix well, so the chicken is completely coated in tomatoes.
5 Cover and cook on high 4 hours, or low 8 hours.
6 *For this recipe, leaving the chicken skin on the chicken thighs tends to make the dish too oily