Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

This is rustic Italian cooking at its tastiest with the added convenience of a slow cooker. As the word ‘cacciatore’ means ‘hunter’ in Italian, this dish is essentially a hearty hunter’s stew… chicken braised in a sweet yet briney sauce made of tomatoes, onions, herbs, wine (or vinegar) and in our case today, olives and capers. Preparing this in a slow-cooker ensures the chicken is fall-off-the bone tender. This is the easiest (and tastiest!) any meal is going to get! A Sunday meal… made any day of the week.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Serves 4.

  • 6-8 chicken pieces, legs and thighs (bone-in)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 generous pinches of freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup apple cider or white vinegar
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 rib celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/3 cup black olives, pitted and halved

Turn slow cooker on high and place the chicken pieces on the bottom. Season with oregano, salt and pepper. Add the remaining ingredients and cover. Cook on high for 4 hour or on low for 6 hours. Garnish with fresh basil.


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