Tuck into a steaming bowl of Chicken Cacciatore for dinner, with this easy recipe for your slow cooker or crockpot
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Chicken Cacciatore is a delicious dish with a rich tomato sauce and lots of big flavours. Usually it would need a long slow simmer on the hob or in the oven, checking the sauce regularly.
But with a slow cooker or crock pot, you can prepare it quickly in the morning and then just finish everything off when you’re ready to eat in the evening.
A slow cooker is ideal for busy people, because you can just leave it to cook dinner while you get on with everything else you have to do. And you’ll find that there are lots of other benefits as well, like the ability to turn cheaper cuts of meat into deliciously tender meals.
This recipe uses chicken thighs which are great value, and have more flavour than breast meat. But if you wanted to use breast instead of the thighs, go ahead and make the swap.
I’ve added some new potatoes into this recipe for Chicken Cacciatore, which makes it a really easy one-pot meal. You could just serve it with some crusty bread, ready for dipping into the rich sauce. Of course, feel free to leave the potatoes out and serve it with some pasta or rice if you prefer.
And you can do a lot of the chopping and preparation the night before, so in the morning you just have to pop everything in the slow cooker and turn it on.
I cooked my Chicken Cacciatore in my VonShef 3.5 litre slow cooker*. It’s a great family sized slow cooker, ideal for cooking 4-6 portions.
Tuck into a warming bowl of this one-pot Chicken Cacciatore, ready and waiting for you when you cook it in your slow cooker or crockpot
- 300 g new potatoes
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 medium onion
- 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 chicken stock cube
- 200 g tin of chopped tomatoes
- 500 g passata
- 150 ml red wine (optional) or water
- 250 g button mushrooms, halved or quartered, depending on size
- 50 g pitted black olives
- Flat leaf parsley to serve
Put te slow cooker pot in place on its base.
Cut the new potatoes in half, or into four if they are particularly large new potatoes. Spread them evenly over the base of the slow cooker pot.
Peel the carrots and cut them into slices around 3mm thick. Spread the slices of carrots over the potatoes in the slow cooker pot.
Peel the onion and slice into thick slices, and peel and finely chop the garlic cloves. Then add these to the slow cooker pot on top of the carrots and potatoes.
Trim the chicken thighs to remove any excess fat, and cut each thigh into four pieces. Place these on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker, and then sprinkle over a pinch of salt, a good grinding of black pepper and the dried herbs.
Add the tomato puree and crumble in the stock cube, then add the chopped tomatoes.
Mix together the passata and red wine in a jug. If you prefer not to use alcohol in this recipe, replace it with water. Pour the mix over the contents of the slow cooker, and give it a gentle stir. Make sure that the vegetables are all covered by the liquid though, so that they cook properly.
Put the lid on the slow cooker and switch it on – cook on High for 3.5 hours or Low for around 8 hours.
Then remove the lid, and stir in the mushrooms and olives.
Cook on High for a further 30 minutes, then sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.
If you have a little extra time, you could fry the sliced onion in a little oil before adding it to the pot to increase the flavour. You could also brown the pieces of chicken thigh in a frying pan if you wish.