Slow Cooker Cacciatore Chicken Recipe

Posted at 8:32 PM on Jun 29, 2014 by I am THAT Lady: Mark

Jun 29th, 2014

This Slow Cooker chicken Cacciatore recipe is AMAZING!  Set and forget it and your friends will never guess how easy it is!

One of our new favorite things to eat is this easy cacciatore chicken recipe made in the slow cooker.

The flavors that result from the peppers, onions and dark meat chicken in the tomato sauce are simply delicious.  The vegetables are so tender, and the meat pulls off the bone with a fork perfectly.  You will LOVE this one!

It tastes like you worked over a hot stove for hours!


Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
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Serves: 4
  • 3 Chicken Leg Quarters, with the skin removed
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper (of any color), sliced
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz. each)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5 oz. each)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt (more if desired)
  • Shredded mozzarella
  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. With the skin removed, brown chicken in oil. 2 minutes per side, flipping once.
  3. In the slow-cooker, combine crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, peppers and onions spices and mix. Add the chicken from the skillet.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Serve over pasta and mozzarella cheese (put cheese directly on the pasta, and then top with the chicken and sauce).

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe


  • Erika says...
    Posted at 8:55 pm by I am THAT Lady: Erika
    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Hey, it’s Erika . . . I met you at church today! So glad to meet you, if you ever come to orlando let me know, I loved chatting!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 9:42 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Jun 29, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Hey Erika, Thanks so much for coming to visit!!! I look forward to chatting more. I may be in Orlando this year, so I will let you know!

  • Kimberly says...
    Posted at 10:06 pm by I am THAT Lady: Kimberly
    Jun 29, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Does this recipe call for crushed tomatoes AND diced tomatoes? I don’t see them both in the ingredients list but they’re both listed in the directions. Thanks!

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 10:12 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Jun 29, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks for catching that, Kimberly! I just fixed the ingredient list to include 2 cans of diced tomatoes.

      • Kimberly says...
        Posted at 1:21 pm by I am THAT Lady: Kimberly
        Jun 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm

        Thanks for your speedy reply! I plan on making this tonight for dinner!:)

  • Lynn says...
    Posted at 12:52 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lynn
    Jul 01, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I always have frozen chicken breast… I am lousy with the crock pot. Will that work?

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 12:59 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Jul 01, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Chicken breast will definitely work with this and it should still turn out great. However, it would be best to at least thaw the chicken before putting it in the crock pot.

    • Danielle says...
      Posted at 7:07 am by I am THAT Lady: Danielle
      Sep 30, 2014 at 7:07 am

      Lynn if you have the individual quick frozen chicken breast. Those can go in the crockpot frozen if it’s just regular packs you buy then freeze definitely thaw before putting in the crockpot.

  • natasha says...
    Posted at 8:42 pm by I am THAT Lady: natasha
    Jul 04, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    what kind of pasta do we put it over or does it matter?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:58 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Jul 04, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      It doesn’t matter – we just served it over spaghetti and it was great!

      • natasha says...
        Posted at 9:18 pm by I am THAT Lady: natasha
        Jul 04, 2014 at 9:18 pm

        thank you for the response, going shopping tomorrow for the ingredients. I have 4 children, and my husband and I, so always struggling to find something to cook, and to stick with a budget. :)

  • Ruth Taylor says...
    Posted at 3:19 pm by I am THAT Lady: Ruth Taylor
    Ruth Taylor
    Aug 14, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Is there any nutritional information? Hubby has to watch sodium, so I have to know how much sodium there is per serving. I’m not quite clear on how all this works but I’ll investigate a bit more.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 3:26 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Aug 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Ruth – the only sodium in this dish is the salt that is added. Everything else is salt/sodium free.

      • Ruth Taylor says...
        Posted at 8:00 am by I am THAT Lady: Ruth Taylor
        Ruth Taylor
        Aug 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

        Thanks! I’ll check the labels of the ingredients. I thought of that after I commented.

  • Jennifer R says...
    Posted at 5:05 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jennifer R
    Jennifer R
    Aug 19, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    What is the purpose of browning the leg quarters before placing them in the slow cooker? I am planning on tossing all the ingredients in a ziploc bag and freezing (of course thawing before placing in the cooker) and was wondering if this was a neccessary step for flavor.

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 8:05 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Aug 19, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Hi Jennifer – browning the chicken adds a bit of flavor, but it isn’t necessary. If using this for freezer cooking, don’t worry about it :)

  • Robyn says...
    Posted at 10:06 pm by I am THAT Lady: Robyn
    Jan 21, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Wondering how this freezer meal works with this recipe. Do I cook it all the way in the crockpot, then thaw and cook it again?

  • Trisha says...
    Posted at 4:44 pm by I am THAT Lady: Trisha
    Feb 03, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    At what point do you freeze. How do we reheat?

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