A delicious slow cooker chicken cacciatore is a fantastic dish for anyone who loves a rich tomato sauce with tender bits of chicken.
This dish can be eaten just by itself, but if you’re looking to bulk it out, then there are also some extras that work well with it. Rice, polenta and even potato mash will work well with this dish.
In Italian cacciatore means hunter so when it comes cooking cacciatore is referring to a hunter inspired dish. Therefore, we don’t usually cut the chicken down further and keep everything relatively chunky.
If you’re on something like the paleo diet or another diet that prohibits alcohol, then you can remove the red wine from the dish to make the chicken cacciatore paleo friendly. You might also want to double check the oil that the olives have been stored in to make sure it’s paleo friendly.
Make sure you don’t throw out the leftovers as they will keep just fine in the fridge. The leftovers make for a fantastic lunch that you can quickly reheat at work or home.
If you want to see how you make this delicious dish, then be sure to check out the super short video below. It’s straight to the point and will show you exactly how to prepare and cook this dish.
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
8 Hours & 15 Minutes
- 1kg (2.2 lb) of chicken pieces (I used thigh)
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 tsp garlic, crushed
- 1 red bell Pepper, sliced
- 2 cups mushrooms, quartered
- ¼ cup red wine
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 800g (1.7 lb) crushed tomatoes
- ½ Tbsp dried basil
- ½ cup pitted kalamata olives
- Salt & Pepper
- In a slow cooker, add all the ingredients except the olives.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the chicken is cooked.
- Add the olives and season with salt & pepper.
- Serve & Enjoy
- You can replace the red wine for white, or you can also leave the wine out completely.
- This slow cooker chicken cacciatore is an easy one to leave and forget since it’s unlikely to overcook, unlike other slow cooker recipes. Perfect for those days when you’re worried you might be held back at work or have something else on that might hold you back from being able to keep an eye on the slow cooker.
- A quarter of a cup of wine might seem a bit low, but it’s important to remember that in a slow cooker the taste of wine will remain quite strong even after cooking for 8 hours. If you don’t like the taste, then it might be worth leaving it out of this dish.
- The olives are optional but do add a lot of flavor to the dish. Keep in mind olives are sometimes quite salty so you might not need to add any extra salt at the end.
- The cut of chicken you use is entirely up to you. Personally, I prefer chicken off the bone such as thigh or breast, but you will find that chicken with the bone in will work fine too.
If you’re curious about the nutritional information for this tasty tomato & chicken dish, then you can find it below. Keep in mind this information is an estimate and may vary depending on quality and quantity of the ingredients used. It also includes the olives so if you don’t add these then expect this to be different.
There are a ton of other slow chicken dishes that you’re able to make. For example, the honey & garlic chicken is a delicious dish that is incredibly addictive. It’s also super easy to quickly prepare and get slow cooking.
I hope that this slow cooker chicken cacciatore comes out as good as it did for me. If you have any feedback, tips or anything else that you would like to share, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.