Slow Cooker Cacciatore Chicken Recipe

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
Serves: 4
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  • 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

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  1. Erika says

    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!

    • says

      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!

  2. Kimberly says

    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

      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

      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

        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. :)

  3. Ruth Taylor says

    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.

  4. Jennifer R says

    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

      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 :)

  5. Robyn says

    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?

  6. Hope says

    Hi Lauren!

    Thank you so much for sharingthis recipe! Just got done prepping it, and tucked away in the crockpot for the day. It will be a relief and a joy to come home after a very busy day today, and have this scrumptious meal ready and waiting for us!

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