PREP TIME: 15 mins | COOK TIME: 6 hrs | TOTAL TIME: 6 hrs 15 mins | YIELD: 6 servings
Excellent for a filling weeknight dinner and super easy to make. This healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with tender, juicy chicken thighs in rich tomato herb sauce, olives, and loads of extra veggies will surely become your family’s new favorite!
6 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
1 15-oz. can of diced tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 ½ tsp Italian Seasoning
½ c. chopped olives, such as pitted black Italian olives
3 tbsp pure tomato paste
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
½ tsp chopped fresh rosemary
4 oz. crimini mushrooms, sliced
pinch crushed red pepper
2 tsp coarse kosher salt, divided
How to make Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Step 1: In the bottom of a large slow cooker, combine the diced tomatoes and tomato paste.
Step 2: In a small dish, place the smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, and crushed red pepper. Mix well until blended.
Step 3: On a sheet of parchment, lay the chicken and sprinkle with the seasoning mixture, flipping the chicken pieces until all sides are completely coated.
Step 4: In the sauce in the slow cooker, arrange the chicken and add any extra spices on top. Then, add the olives along with the onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms.
Step 5: Put the lid on and set it to cook for 6 hours on low.
Step 6: Carefully remove the chicken from the slow cooker when the timer goes off, making sure to keep the thighs intact if possible.
Step 7: Into the vegetable mixture, stir in the rosemary and the rest of the 1 tsp salt.
Step 8: Enjoy the veggie mixture and sauce with the chicken immediately. Enjoy!
To create a lovely sauce, DO NOT STIR the veggies into the chicken instead baste them. Stirring the veggies into the chicken will make them soften and release their juices, and their juices will drip down over the chicken.
If the sauce ends up to thin, you can transfer them into a saucepan and reduce it on the stove until your desired thickness.
Then, whisk in the salt and rosemary.
SERVING SIZE: 1 chicken thigh, and 3/4 cup sauce CALORIES: 206 SUGAR: 5 g FAT: 11 g SATURATED FAT: 2 g CARBOHYDRATES: 10 g FIBER: 3 g PROTEIN: 16 g
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