A Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe using loads of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and mushrooms. A delicious variation of traditional Chicken Caccatorie your family will love.
If you read the blog, you know I love my slow cooker (or as we call it here in the midwest – the crockpot). I give this kitchen gadget props for helping busy moms get healthy meals on the table with no sweat.
This post came to be a bit backward. I was simply looking for something to make for dinner using frozen chicken thighs (a freezer staple at my house). I came across the most delicious looking dinner on Pinterest and smiled brightly when I saw whose recipe it was.
This stunning dinner meal was courtesy of Katie at Healthy Seasonal Recipes. I smiled seeing this because I’ve had the joy of being in Katie’s food photography session while at Blog Brulee a couple years ago.
You can check out her version of this recipe here. The recipe below is inspired by Katie’s.
After I stumbled upon Katie’s recipe, I got to work using ingredients and flavors my family enjoys. By the time I was done, my recipe looked nothing like Katie’s ingredient-wise but was certainly on a similar path.
I snapped photos along the way for my Instagram stories. Here’s what this dish looked like after cooking all day in the slow cooker:
Now I love my crockpot, but sometimes you have to take an additional step to up the crockpot game. In the case of chicken thighs, it’s a quick 2-3 minute broil.
Broiling chicken thighs after they have cooked in the crockpot all day, crisps the skin and makes it all the more delicious and more appetizing as well!
I didn’t plan to post this recipe, it was simply dinner one night. But then I got a new camera… And I was itching to find something, anything, to photograph!
He quickly got bored with me, and my kids were at school. I decided to pull out 3-day old leftovers and give them a go.
A trick I love using to thicken sauces is to use dry potato flakes. It thickens quickly without having to use a roux or flour. You will find this in the recipe below, I hope you give it a try and let me know your thoughts!Print
- 8-12 chicken thighs (I used bone-in, but you could use boneless as well)
- 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 cup diced peppers
- 1 can sliced mushrooms, drained
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 cup instant potato flakes
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- Combine diced tomatoes and tomato paste in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Add sliced onions, peppers, and mushrooms.
- Place chicken thighs on top.
- Sprinkle with paprika, salt, and pepper
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 2-4 hours
- Preheat Broiler
- Remove chicken thighs, placing on baking sheet. Broil for 2-3 minutes, or until chicken skins start bubbling and browning.
- Whisk instant potato flakes into tomato and veggie mixture in the slow cooker, stir until thickened.
- Serve chicken thighs topped with tomato sauce.
This dish goes well with pasta or rice, or enjoy with simply a side salad!
Makes enough for two meals – the leftovers are fantastic!
After photographing this slow cooker chicken cacciatore recipe, I decided that this recipe ranks up there as a favorite – because if leftovers can taste this good, I’m making this time and again.
I have Katie to thank for both the photography skills I can finally put to full use and for the inspiration for this fantastic kid-friendly dinner recipe!
Will you be trying the Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe anytime soon?! Let me know 🙂
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