Chicken Cacciatore - Slow Cooked to Italian Perfection

READY IN: 7hrs 25mins
Recipe by Feast Your Eyes

Give chicken the ITALIAN TREATMENT with this fast and simple crock-pot recipe that includes tomatoes, garlic, green peppers, olives and garbanzo beans. The mouth-watering aroma and delicious flavors are sure to keep your family and friends at the dinner table. So, turn on your favorite 'Frankie' or 'Dino' CD's, toss together a fresh green salad, throw some garlic bread in the oven and enjoy this delicious meal over a glass of your favorite red wine!

Top Review by PSU Lioness

This dish was out of this world delicious! I have been trying to find unrated recipes for the Bargain Basement game when I came across this little gem and I am so glad that I did! I really cannot believe that it had not been rated yet because it was fantastic. I followed the directions but I was out of mushrooms and olives (which NEVER happens) and I had no idea what capers were so I added chopped, marinated artichoke hearts when I added the chick peas. I got weird looks from the kids when I served it but everyone cleaned their plates, including my two-year-old. None of the kids even noticed the chopped artichokes! My husband said that he would have paid money for it, and I have to agree. The seasoning amount was spot on (and I did add a shake or two of red pepper flakes) and after trying this, I now definitely prefer red wine over white wine in cacciatore. I also love that the sauce stayed rather thick when most crock pot sauces turn out watery. I served the chicken breast with the sauce and add-ins and it was enough to make a meal without any additional sides. We even wound up with quite a bit of sauce and goodies leftover so I am planning on mixing it with spaghetti for a quick lunch tomorrow. Thank you for posting! This will definitely be made again!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pour dressing into a zip-lock plastic bag; add chicken pieces and refrigerate for an hour.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan.
  3. Mix the flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together; lightly dredge chicken in the seasoned flour.
  4. Brown the chicken pieces on both sides and transfer to crock pot when done.
  5. Sauté onion until translucent in the olive oil used to brown the chicken; add wine and 2 tablespoons of the tomato paste to deglaze the pan. Transfer to crock pot.
  6. Stir together remaining 2 cans of tomato paste and all the ingredients EXCEPT for the bay leaf, olives, garbanzo beans, capers, and Parmesan cheese; spread over chicken in crock pot.
  7. Lay bay leaf on top of chicken; cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours (HIGH: 3 to 4 hours).
  8. During the last hour of cooking, add the olives, garbanzo beans and capers. If at this time the sauce appears too thin, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of tomato paste to thicken slightly.
  9. To serve, discard the bay leaf and arrange the chicken over your favorite hot pasta; ladle with sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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