Crock-Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore in a bowl

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Total Time: 215 min
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 195 min
Servings: 6

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

222 calories
8g fat
11g carbs
24g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving  
Calories 222
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 459mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 6g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 24g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 685mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

This hearty, tomatoey stewed dish gets a healthier, slow-cooker makeover in this alternative to traditional chicken cacciatore. Cacciatore, which means "hunter" in Italian, was originally made with a hunter's catch such as rabbit, pheasant, or boar. Over time, and especially in the U.S., cacciatore has come to include chicken instead of game meat.

Chicken thighs are chock full of nutrients like thiamin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, iron, zinc, and copper and contribute to a healthy diet as a complete protein source.

Though it requires a bit more effort, rather than cooking all the ingredients at once, this dish benefits from a two-part cooking method. First, you'll sauté the vegetables, reduce the liquid, and add tomato paste before combining with the chicken in the crock-pot. Otherwise, the dish can get overly watery.

Adding a Parmesan cheese rind is a trick that adds a savory depth of flavor to the sauce. While optional, it's worth a try if you happen to have some hard Parmesan in the fridge.


  • 3 lbs. skinless, bone-in chicken thighs and legs
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 8 oz. brown cremini, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (14-oz.) can tomatoes, chopped
  • 2/3 cup dry wine (white or red)
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning mixture
  • 1 tsp. each salt and pepper, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • Optional: Pinch of sugar or natural sweetener
  • Optional: 1 inch of Parmesan cheese rind


  1. Put chicken in a slow cooker, set to high, and cover. Alternatively, you can brown the chicken in a skillet with a little oil and then transfer to the crock-pot. You can use the same skillet for cooking the vegetables.

  2. Heat olive oil over high heat in a large skillet. Cook the onion and green pepper for 2 to 3 minutes, then add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes; add the garlic and cook for another minute.

  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, wine, herbs, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until the liquid is almost completely boiled away. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. If it tastes harsh or acidic, add just a touch of sweetener (a pinch of sugar or natural sugar substitute can do the trick).

  4. Add the tomato paste and Parmesan cheese rind, if using, and stir to combine. Place chicken in the slow cooker and spoon tomato mixture on the top of the chicken. Cook for 3 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low. About 30 minutes before you are ready to eat, check and adjust seasonings one more time.

Variations and Substitutions

If you prefer boneless chicken, use 8 or 9 boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

Portobello mushrooms can replace cremini mushrooms if desired.

If you don't have Italian seasoning on hand, you can use a blend of equal parts oregano, basil, and thyme (about 1 teaspoon each).

Feel free to add or replace vegetables in this recipe. Try artichoke hearts, black olives, or even throw in a few capers for an added zip. Just be sure to taste before adding any additional salt, as capers are salty.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • Garnish with some fresh basil or parsley for a touch of color and fresh flavor.
  • Serve with crusty bread and a side garden salad for a complete meal.

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  1. Marangoni F, Corsello G, Cricelli C, et al. Role of poultry meat in a balanced diet aimed at maintaining health and wellbeing: An Italian consensus documentFood Nutr Res. 2015;59:27606. doi:10.3402/fnr.v59.27606

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