Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore is the perfect one pot meal that cooks itself while you’re away and you get to come home to the delicious aromas from a comforting, slow cooked meal.
Chicken cacciatore is hunter chicken (cacciatore meaning hunter). A comforting and hearty dish that will require fare la scarpetta (make the little shoe) which refers to the little pieces of bread used to mop up the sauce (the best part). You didn’t know that mopping you do at the end of a meal had a fancy Italian name, did you?
With meaty mushrooms, onions and capers, bring so much flavor and texture to chicken breasts all cooked in a tomato sauce.
I’ll admit, I don’t always wait until I sit down to eat to dunk a piece of bread into a sauce. I am guilty of periodically ‘tasting’ the sauce, or practicing scarpetta, as the dish cooks. Just to test for seasoning you understand. 😀
For this particular dish I like to use bone in, skin on chicken thighs. Now, I am not a huge fan of dark meat chicken, but thighs stand-up better to longer cooking and they don’t dry out like chicken breasts. If you are not down with the thighs, by all means use breasts.
Why leave the skin on?
It’s like a little jacket for the meat and keeps it moist while it cooks, you can just remove it before serving. Bone-in because the bones give extra chicken flavor to the sauce and they can hold up to the long cooking time.
What I love about the long cooking time of this dish is the chicken gets so tender that it just falls off the bone. This is a good thing, but you do have to be careful when you are removing the chicken from the sauce to make sure get all the bones out, should any fall back into the sauce.
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1-28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
3/4 cup dry white wine
8 ounces mushrooms of your choice, chopped
1 large onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and grated
3 tablespoons capers, drained
2 tablespoons fresh basil, plus 1 tablespoon more for garnish, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 bone-in, chicken breasts or thighs skin removed
- To a 4-quart crockpot add all of the ingredient except the chicken. Stir to mix well.
- Add the chicken and make sure they are submerged.
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355Saturated Fat 5gCholesterol 116mgSodium 856mgCarbohydrates 7gProtein 37g
29 Comments on “Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore”
Recipes sound delicious buy, my husband is allergic to mushrooms. What is a good non mushroom substitute in recipes? Thank you.
You can substitute small pieces of potato, bell peppers or even both would be delicious. Enjoy.
This was absolutely delicious! I’m already looking forward to the leftovers tomorrow night. Definitely saving this recipe – thank you!
I’m so glad you liked it. Thank you for the feedback and enjoy the leftovers.
Lol, I do plenty of ‘tasting’ myself while cooking and this is definitely something that requires a big ol’ hunk of crust bread for dipping/tasting 😉 Love that this is a crockpot meal too!
Gorgeous comfort dish! Need to try it soon!
First little reminder that the seasons are changing! I love this sort of meal in cooler weather.
Looks delicious, and thanks for the Italian lesson. Now I have a legit reason to mop up my sauce with bread AND taste a lot while cooking!
I did not know mopping the sauce had a name! And that is my favorite part. This cacciatore looks perfect!
This looks absolutely delicious and I love that it’s made in the slow cooker! Adding this to my menu plan for next week!
Fall screams crockpot recipes to me, so this looks perfect for the upcoming cooler weather. I love the bone-in chicken – so many crockpot recipes call for chicken breasts, but they dry out so quickly. Bone in thighs give you so much more freedom if you work all day and your crockpot is running for 10 hours!
Chicken cacciatore is definitely a favorite in my house, so I love the idea of making it in a slow cooker! I usually use boneless/skinless thighs, but bone in/with skin is such a great solution for the all the challenges that come with cooking meat in the slow cooker. I’m definitely going to have to try your version!
That looks so flavorful and juicy. I love the combination of chicken with mushrooms.
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I have made this several times, and we love it! I use sliced green olives in place of the capers and it tastes just delicious. Thank you fir sharing!!!!
I have to try the olives, sounds delicious. Thank you for the feedback Susan.
I’ve never had chicken cacciatore. This looks great.
We love chicken cacciatore all year round…I can’t wait to try yours! Stunning photos and great step by step directions as always!
Your cacciatore looks amazing!! I’ve never thought of adding capers. Thanks for sharing
this looks like such a yummy cacciatore. pinning to try. . Have a great week.
This looks delicious,
Were you teasing us with that fork closeup? Looks amazing. Thanks for sharing
Amazing dish here, Janette! I will be sharing on my FB page and pinning as well. Looks terrific!
G’day and yum! Great photos!
This looks so wonderful! I love making chicken cacciatore, but have never made it in my slow cooker! What a fabulous idea! I need to make this next week!!!! Thanks for the tip! 🙂
I love chicken cacciatore but I’ve never made a slow cooked one; I bet it’s lovely and flavourful.
Thank you Caroline it really does get very flavorful and it’s even better the next day 🙂
Great colors and a great recipe. Slow cooking is all the rage this days and you have a great recipe here.
Thank you 🙂
This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it!