This juicy Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore is one of my staple recipes. I use it with either fresh or frozen chicken breasts or thighs. Either way, this Italian classic will deliver in both taste and nutrition value.
“Cacciatore” means that the recipe is prepared in a spicy tomato sauce with mushrooms and herbs. Obviously, you can be creative and do what your taste buds demand. It is your food preferences you gotta listen to and use any recipe as an inspiration and guide to prepare something out-of-this world palatable and nutritious.
For my chicken cacciatore I used a lot of herbs, but not mushrooms. I love mushrooms, I just did not have them on hand. The best mushrooms for this recipe are shiitake dried mushrooms (you can get then here), as they add an incredibly deliciously aromatic motif to the entire meal plan.
If all you’ve got are white mushrooms – go with them. These mushrooms are less aromatic and take on the flavor of the governing herbs in the recipe. So, go out into your kitchen to create a memorable dinner dish that will resonate with your family’s preferences.
Though, you may want to surprise your peeps with something new and original!
Tomatoes, When Cooked, Make Lycopene Available to Our Body
Lycope is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to offer protective effects against chronic diseases, cancer and cardiovascular disease. The problem is that lycopene becomes bioavailable when a fruit, like tomato, is heated. In other words, when tomatoes are cooked they make lycopene available for our cells.
That is why consuming more recipes like this crock pot chicken cacciatore with steamed and sauteed or pureed tomatoes in a tomato sauces is a great way to get that precious effect from lycopene in our bodies.
FACT: We consume around 85 percent of the lycopene from tomatoes and tomato products as per National Institute of Health.
Here is a uniquely unforgettable Roasted Tomatoes Chickpea Curry recipe.
Heating tomatoes releases not only lycopene but other carotenoids like beta-carotene and lutein. All of these phytochemicals are essential for our well-being.
Use The Cacciatore Bouillon for Your Sides: Veggies, Quinoa
When you prepare your deliciously easy family dinner with Chicken Cacciatore, you will have plenty of bouillon left in the slow cooker. Keep it by refrigerating it!
What you could do is to prepare a flavorful dish with vegetables, quinoa, rice and tofu by using the remaining Cacciatore bouillon. Skip bouillon cubes you spend money on – use the leftovers from your Crock Pot dinner.
Add Extra Aroma to Your Slow Cooker Chicken Breast: Basil, Dill, Cilantro
Fresh herbs add an unforgettable flavor to your recipe. I always try to add my favorite herbs to chicken recipes, soups, salads and desserts.
Slow cooker chicken recipes can be very versatile and full of flavor.
Check out A Cauliflower Leek Soup with Tarragon
Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore Easy Dinner
Healthy slow cooker Chicken Cacciatore recipe is a delight for an easy weeknight dinners for family.
- 2-3 onions thinly sliced. I use mandoline for slicing onions quickly and uniformly
- 2-4 lbs chicken breasts or thighs, skinned
- 5 cloves garlic, minced or 2 Tbsp canned minced garlic
- ½ cup broth, vegetable or chicken or beef
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved or use 14 oz canned tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp capers
- 20 pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
- Salt, pepper to taste
- Fresh herbs like dill, parsley, basil, tarragon for garnish and taste
1. Place sliced onion in Crock-Pot slow cooker and cover with chicken pieces.
2. In a bowl, stir tomatoes, salt, pepper, garlic and broth. Pour over chicken.
3. Cover and cook on High for 3-4 hours OR on Low for 5-6 hours.
Stir in capers, olives and herbs just before serving.
5. Serve over cooked quinoa, pasta, steamed vegetables.
Cooking chicken on the bone versus boneless will increase cook time about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
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