Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Part of 40 Meals in 4 Hours, you can prep this Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore ahead of time and freeze. Then throw into your slow cooker, easy as that.
Part of 40 Meals in 4 Hours, you can prep this Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore ahead of time and freeze. Then throw into your slow cooker, easy as that.

This flavorful and fresh meal is one of my family’s new favorites.  It is easily made gluten-free by using gluten-free pasta, brown rice or served over mashed potatoes.  We garnished with some fresh basil and freshly grated Romano cheese

For more meals like this check out our 40 Meals in 4 Hours Slow Cooker Freezer Meals post.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Inspired by Skinny Taste


  • 6 chicken thighs, skin and fat removed
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 c mushroom
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fat free chicken broth, more if needed*
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups cooked (12 oz uncooked) high fiber or whole wheat pasta


  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large pan over a medium-high flame and spray with cooking oil.
  3. Add the chicken to the pan and brown on each side for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add all other ingredients to the slow cooker, except the mushrooms.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add the mushrooms in the last hour, mushrooms can be omitted if you are not around to toss them in.
  7. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  8. In the last hour add the mushrooms.
  9. Serve over whole wheat pasta.
  10. If cooking from frozen, then it should take 8 hours on low in the crock pot.
  11. *Depending on your crock pot you may need to add more liquid.
Part of 40 Meals in 4 Hours, you can prep this Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore ahead of time and freeze. Then throw into your slow cooker, easy as that.

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  1. This looks really yummy!!

  2. When do you add the browned chicken to the crockpot?

  3. Looks great! This was in your list of freezer-friendly crockpot recipes, so quick question: do you freeze this with the mushrooms or do you just have fresh on hand to add in the last hour of cooking? Thanks!

  4. If you’re freezing this, do you brown the chicken before freezing it, or just skip that step?

  5. I am a bit confused on most of these recipes….are ALL the ingredients suppsed to be raw incl meat before freezing.

    • Yes there were no cooked ingredients all raw.

      • Thank you for the response. If all ingredients are raw, then be some of your instructions such as how to lay chic on top of seasonings then pour remaining ingredi over top and cook. will that effet the taste if everything is just tossed in a freezer bag to cook at a later time.

        Your time then just references all the prep time and NO cooking.

        • Yes our time is prep and having your freezer stocked with dinners 🙂

          As for layering correctly – not sure if it has affected the flavor or not – probably is slightly better when put in correct order (but either way it’s delish!)

  6. I’m guessing that you add the tomatoes UNDRAINED? (as this would provide the liquid needed??? Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try this!!

  7. G’day and YUM!
    Thanks for sharing at the Foodie Friends Friday Best of 2013 Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  8. Oh, I can’t wait ’til tomorrow! Your Crockpot recipes are proving to be invaluable. As a full-time author, being able to throw the ingredients in when I wake up and spend the day writing without worrying about dinner is a dream come true! Thanks so much for putting all of these recipes together. 🙂

  9. Pasta goes in uncooked? Under chicken? Can I use boneless skinless breast? Dinner tomorrow

    • The pasta is cooked by itself just before it is time for dinner. You can use boneless chicken breast, just make sure it doesn’t get too dry when cooking!

  10. I’m doing this for a freezer meal, if you freeze it, do you still add the mushrooms in the last hour, or can they be added to the freezer bag? I love mushrooms, so I wouldn’t want to skip them 🙂

    • You could add them to the freezer bag, but mushrooms tend to shrivel up a bit more if cooked for too long. You could always add canned mushrooms right before serving until they are heated through.

  11. I’m so excited to make the 40 meals in 4 hours, but this is the only meal where I can’t see the recipe?? It is quite possible that I’ve gone a little crazy.



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