Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

The BEST thing to come out of my crock pot lately, this Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is so simple to make from scratch. The set it and forget it chicken dinner you’ll add to your weekly menu from this point on.

Chicken cacciatore in a blue bowl over pasta.

School’s about to start in less than two weeks…..are you sick of me counting down yet? I just am in disbelief that summer is winding down so quickly and I’ll soon have piles of school papers taking over my kitchen….lunches to make (I hope there’s nothing still in the lunchbox from June)….morning drop offs every single day.  I’m not ready. Landon’s not ready. We still have summer days to live.

Sometimes I wonder if home schooling is the way to go….to extend our summer days to the actual end of summer. Whhhhyyyy does school have to start before Labor Day? But, because the start of school will happen whether I want it to or not…..I’m planning all the easy meals to get dinner on the table without drama.

Like this easy Cheeseburger Macaroni which only makes it’s appearance during the school year for some reason and this easy Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore recipe. It’s simple, it’s soooo tasty and it’s KID APPROVED!

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore in a crock pot.

It’s inspired by this easy Baked Chicken Cacciatore skillet recipe I made a few years ago and, was also, a huge hit with the littles. We’ve been making it for years and it’s always a quick dinner hit but this Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore is just as easy and so, soooooo good!

What is Chicken Cacciatore

Cacciatore, which means “hunter” in Italian, is a dish commonly made with chicken or rabbit. Alla cacciatora refers to the meal being prepared “hunter style” containing garlic, herbs, tomatoes, peppers and, sometimes, wine. It was, historically, made by hunters beginning in the 14th century.

These days, cacciatore is made most often with chicken but is also made with beef, veal and pork.

This easy Chicken Cacciatore recipe is, now, my favorite way to whip up these simple dinner to feed the family.

Vegetables for slow cooker chicken cacciatore in a crock pot.

How to Make Chicken Cacciatore

Making this easy Chicken Cacciatore recipe is simple to do with a few kitchen staples.

Here’s how to make Chicken Cacciatore in the Crockpot or slow cooker:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the chicken to the skillet to brown on both sides. Set aside.
  3. Layer the vegetables in the slow cooker and then top with the chicken breasts.
  4. Pour the tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasoning over the chicken.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
  6. Remove the chicken and stir the vegetables to combine. 
  7. Serve the chicken with the sauce and vegetables over pasta or rice, if desired.

Sometimes, I like to make this for an easy dinner party and pair it with a great wine like Chianti, Pino Noir, Lambrusco or a Tempranillo.  A crisp white wine would go will with the rustic sauce, too.

Chicken on vegetables for chicken cacciatore, step two of slow cooker chicken cacciatore.

Ingredients for Chicken Cacciatore

What I LOVE about this Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore recipe is that it uses common kitchen staples that I always have around. You can juice it up a bit, if you like, by adding olives, capers or some crushed red pepper to make it a little spicy.

Here’s what you need:

  • Olive Oil
  • Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breasts
  • Onion
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Cremini Mushrooms
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Dry Red Wine
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Butter
  • Chopped Parsley
  • Chopped Fresh Basil
  • Salt and Pepper

If you don’t want to use wine because you’re not a wine drinker or avoid alcohol, a splash of balsamic vinegar will add a lot of depth and body to your sauce. Just a tablespoon or two will do the trick but you may, also, want to add the same amount of sugar to help tame the tartness of the sauce.

You can certainly skip the wine altogether but the wine really does make the sauce extra tasty and the alcohol does cook off during the process.

Finished chicken cacciatore in slow cooker.

Meal Prepping Chicken Cacciatore

This Chicken Cacciatore recipe is a great way to meal prep for the week ahead, too!  You can totally make the chicken in your slow cooker on Sunday along with your other meal prepping recipes and then package everything up for your lunches or easy dinners for the whole week. 

Chicken Cacciatore will last in the refrigerator for up to 4 days stored in an airtight container in the coldest part of the fridge.

overhead shot of chicken cacciatore in a blue bowl with a blue fork and a wedge of parmesan cheese.

What to Serve with Chicken Cacciatore

While this Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is naturally wonderful with pasta, I like to mix things up a little bit.  Sometimes, I love to serve it alongside this Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with some extra parmesan cheese.

The best noodles to go with chicken cacciatore are those that capture the sauce well like a rigatoni or a ditalini, something with ridges or holes for the flavorful sauce to hide in.  We love to use linguine or fettuccini, too!

These reader favorites are perfect, too!

Glass bowl of cauliflower rice on a blue background from Thesuburbansoapbox.com

OR freshen things up with some crisp veggies like:

Overhead shot of baked asparagus on a white platter.

Either way you go, this slow cooker chicken recipe is going to be one of your favorites. And if you love this one you have to try one of THESE family favorites, too!

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overhead shot of chicken cacciatore in a blue bowl with a blue fork and a wedge of parmesan cheese.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Course: Dinner, meal prep
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken cacciatore
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 413 kcal
Author: Kellie

Easy to make Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is a dinner time win with the whole family. Great for meal prepping, too!

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Ingredients

  • tablespoon  olive oil
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • large vidalia onion diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • green bell pepper sliced
  • red bell pepper  sliced
  • ounces  sliced cremini mushrooms
  • garlic cloves minced
  • tablespoon  Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4  cup  red wine
  • 1 14.5  ounce  can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 8  ounce  can Tomato Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Chopped basil

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook until browned, approximately 3-4 minutes. Flip the chicken over and brown on the opposite side, approximately 3 minutes. Remove from the pan. Set aside.
  3. Layer the onions, peppers, mushrooms and garlic in the slow cooker.
  4. Arrange the chicken breasts on top of the vegetables.
  5. Pour the wine, tomatoes, tomato sauce, butter and seasoning over the chicken. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
  7. Remove the chicken. Stir the vegetables and fresh herbs to combine.
  8. Serve the chicken with the sauce and vegetables over pasta or rice, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Chicken Cacciatore can be made up to 4 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 413 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 1073mg47%
Potassium 1610mg46%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 53g106%
Vitamin A 2283IU46%
Vitamin C 81mg98%
Calcium 153mg15%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

5 comments on “Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe”

  1. Looks delicious! I always worry about chicken breast getting dry in the slow cooker.. I definitely will try this recipe! Did you use fettuccine noodles?

  2. Slow cooker recipes are my favorite! This was amazing and I can’t wait to make it again. Such an easy way to make chicken!

  3. Yum! I loved how easy this was, and it was devoured by the whole family.

  4. Great recipe – turned out delicious!

  5. This is hand down a favorite of ours but making it in the slow cooker is genius!

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