Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

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Does anyone else type things into Google as a spellchecker?  Hopefully I’m not the only one who does this.

As I was typing “Cacciatore” into Google to make sure it was spelled correctly, it’s meaning popped up.  “Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian. In cuisine, alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared “hunter-style” with onions, herbs, usually tomatoes, often bell peppers, and sometimes wine. Cacciatore is popularly made with braised chicken or rabbit.”  I don’t eat rabbit but it’s yummy with chicken!

Awesome, makes complete sense.  Typically, when I make cacciatore, I bread and fry or bake the chicken.  With busy sports schedules and lessons after school, time to do all that is limited.  I figured there had to be a way to make it in the slow cooker and still have it be the comforting dish I am used to.  My biggest concern being that when you cook peppers and onions in the slow cooker, all their liquid releases and its makes whatever you are cooking more liquidly.  We like our cacciatore thick so liquidly won’t fly.

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To get around this, I sauteed the peppers and onions before I added them to the slow cooker.  I also browned the chicken for a few minutes.

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It turned out perfectly except for one mistake that I made.  I meant to chunk the chicken instead of shredding it. Whoops!  It was still really good!

Typically it is served over pasta but I served mine over brown rice with a nice big spinach salad.  Sorry there is no picture.  I was hungry and my stomach took over before my brain processed I hadn’t taken a picture.

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Serving Size: approx 2/3 cup

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

A thick, hearty Italian classic, done right in the slow cooker!

15 minPrep Time:

8 hrCook Time:

8 hr, 15 Total Time:

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 red (or whatever color you like) bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high.
  2. Lightly spray with oil and brown chicken on both sides a few minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and add to the slow cooker.
  4. Spray the skillet with a little more oil and add onions and peppers and minced garlic.
  5. Sauté until juices release and the vegetables become slightly tender.
  6. Add to the slow cooker.
  7. Pour tomatoes over the chicken and vegetables,
  8. Add oregano, bay leaf, salt and pepper, give it a stir and cover.
  9. Set to LOW for 8 hours or HIGH 4 hours.
  10. Remove bay leaf, adjust salt and pepper and chunk chicken.
  11. Serve over pasta or rice!
Cuisine: Italian |

Notes

21 Day Fix: 1/2 G, 1/2 P, 1 R, 1 tsp (adjust your yellows according to what you serve it over)

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