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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is an easy crock pot meal loaded with tender chicken, tomatoes, bell peppers, kale, carrots and sliced mushrooms. Comforting and delicious!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword chicken cacciatore in crock pot, chicken cacciatore instant pot, chicken cacciatore recipe, chicken cacciatore slow cooker, crock pot Italian recipe, easy Italian dinners, easy slow cooker chicken recipe, slow cooker Italian food
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 254 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

  • 6 skinless chicken thighs I used bone-in
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ medium white onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes drained
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 6 Kalamata olives
  • ½ cup chopped kale stems removed
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch plus 3 teaspoons water whisked together in a small bowl (to thicken up sauce - leave out for lower carb or if you want a thinner sauce consistency)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley plus more for serving
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)
  • grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Season chicken with salt and black pepper. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Sear chicken until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to slow cooker. Alternatively, if pressed for time, skip browning and add chicken straight to a 6-quart slow cooker.

  2. Add the garlic, onion, bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, dried basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme and salt, and black pepper to taste. Stir to combine. **(Do not worry if the mixture looks dry, the tomatoes will release more liquid as this cooks - if you like this dish saucier or soup-y - you can add ½ cup chicken broth or water)
  3. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.
  4. 30 minutes prior to serving, stir in the olives, kale and cornstarch/water slurry into the slow cooker and cook for an additional 20-30 minutes on HIGH, or until sauce thickens up slightly and kale is wilted.

  5. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, basil leaves and taste and season with additional salt or black pepper, as needed.
  6. Serve hot over zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, pasta or your favorite sides and top with grated parmesan, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 595mg25%
Potassium 1001mg29%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 5060IU101%
Vitamin C 37.8mg46%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.