Easy Weeknight Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

This slow cooker chicken cacciatore is easy to prepare on a busy weeknight. Healthy, with bell peppers & mushrooms, it’s also richly flavorful!

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The main thing I’d like you to know about this slow cooker chicken cacciatore recipe is that it is just so easy.

About as easy as a complete meal of chicken and vegetables could possibly be.

I plan my meals for the week every Sunday and when I open my fridge later in the week – trying to remember what I’d planned – I’m always thrilled when I see the chicken and mushrooms waiting on the refrigerator shelves.

It’s all just big sighs of happy relief as I think to myself, “Trevor will only have 10 minutes worth of messes to create while I get dinner started…”

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It’s true. This particular chicken cacciatore recipe requires about 10 minutes of prep time.

During which you just roughly chop a few veggies, and then throw everything into the slow cooker.

Just a few quick chops, everything all tossed into one pot – this is the cooking method I need on a hectic weekday.

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The other big benefit with chicken cacciatore is that it feels so nourishing and healthy.

This particular recipe gets most of its flavor from herbs and fresh produce like garlic, onions, chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms.

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Oh, and then there’s the biggest magic of all.

After you’ve turned on the slow cooker, stepped away from the kitchen, and all but forgotten about dinner?

That’s when the slow cooker goes to work, doing its thing of creating lots of rich, deep, slow-cooked flavor.

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At the end of the cooking time, the chicken is super tender and just falls apart with a fork.

And the garlic and onion, mixed with hearty veggies and red wine, all melt into one super flavorful, chunky tomato sauce.

This recipe can be served over basically any starch: whole wheat pasta, brown rice, farro, quinoa, or even mashed potatoes.

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It’s heart-warming comfort food that tastes like it simmered away all day.

And it’s true, it did.

But I won’t tell anyone if you won’t – the slow cooker does all the work.

 

Here’s the recipe for Easy Weeknight Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore:

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Easy Weeknight Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

  • Author: Jen Elizabeth's Journals
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Italian Inspired

Description

This slow cooker chicken cacciatore is easy to prepare on a busy weeknight. Healthy, with bell peppers & mushrooms, it’s also richly flavorful!


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Ingredients

1 pound organic pastured skinless boneless chicken breasts

26 ounces diced tomatoes (or chopped tomatoes)

1/2 cup dry red wine

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 Tablespoon honey

1 Tablespoon Herbes de Provence

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 small onion, roughly chopped

1 green bell pepper, roughly chopped

8 ounces sliced mushrooms

Sea salt and ground black pepper

Parmesan, grated (optional)

Parsley, chopped (optional)


Instructions

  1. Arrange the chicken so that it lies flat on the bottom of the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, red wine, olive oil, honey, and Herbes de Provence. Chicken should be fully covered by the liquids. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the garlic, onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Set the slow cooker to High heat. Cover and cook, untouched, for 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Stir until all veggies are well coated in sauce, making sure to leave the chicken at the bottom of the pot. Remove the slow cooker lid. Cook for about 4 hours on High heat, uncovered, until chicken is tender and falls apart with a fork and sauce is thick and chunky. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve over whole grain pasta, brown rice, quinoa, farro, or mashed potatoes. Top with grated parmesan (optional) or chopped parsley (optional). Serve.

Notes

  1. For chicken that’s tender and falls apart with a fork, make sure the chicken stays fully covered in liquids and sauce for the entire cook time.
  2. For a thick sauce, be sure to remove the slow cooker lid for the last 4 hours, to allow all of the excess liquid from the veggies to evaporate.

Keywords: Chicken, Chicken Cacciatore, Easy, Healthy, Slow Cooker, Italian, Winter, Mushroom, Tomato, Bell Pepper

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2 Comments

  1. April 3, 2019 / 4:03 am

    This looks super tasty!! I can’t wait to give it a try! It’s all delicious ingredients 🙂

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
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      April 3, 2019 / 9:17 am

      Thanks so much!😄

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