Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

by Amy on 10 January 2013

the other day, i stumbled across a recipe for chicken cacciatore. my mom used to make it for dinner regularly when i was growing up, + even though I hadn’t eaten it in years, i remembered loving the rich, veggie-packed, tomato-based sauce, served with tender chicken + lots of pasta. so, i decided to introduce my husband to it (he’d never tried it before) + make a version of my own at home.

chicken cacciatore is traditionally made by slow-simmering or braising, either on the stovetop or in the oven, but after reading through some recipe ideas, i realized it would be a great meal to adapt for the slow-cooker. y’all know i can’t resist a good slow-cooker recipe! so, i combined a couple different recipes, got out my crock-pot, + got cookin’! and the result? juicy, tender pieces of chicken, rich, flavorful peppers + onions in a tangy, well-seasoned marinara-based sauce. serve it with one of my all-time favorite foods, pasta, + i’m pretty much in comfort food heaven. if you’re a slow-cooker lover like i am, you have to try this fantastic recipe!

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

serves 4, adapted from kitchen concoctions


4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, trimmed and diced
1 tablespoon dried italian seasoning
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoons olive oil, separated
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded + sliced into strips
1 orange bell pepper, seeded + sliced into strips
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) jar pasta sauce – (use a good-quality sauce, as this will be the base for your cacciatore sauce.)
1 bay leaf
1/2 pound pasta, cooked according to package directions
optional: freshly-chopped parsley + parmesan cheese, for serving


toss the chicken pieces with the italian seasoning, paprika, salt, pepper, + red pepper. set aside while you prep/chop the rest of the ingredients.

note: you can certainly skip the next step of searing the chicken + partially cooking the vegetables, to save time. it *will* add lots of additional flavor to the dish, so if you have the extra time, it’s worth it!

heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. add the seasoned chicken, + cook until chicken has seared slightly on all sides. transfer chicken to the slow-cooker. in the same pan, add 1 more tablespoon of olive oil. add the peppers, onion, + garlic to the pan + cook for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables have softened slightly. transfer the mixture to the slow-cooker.

add the pasta sauce + bay leaf to the slow-cooker. (note: if you skipped the previous step of pre-searing/cooking the chicken + veggies, add the chicken, onions, peppers, garlic to the slow-cooker at this point, too) stir everything to combine. cover, + cook on low for 4-5 hours, until chicken is fall-apart tender.

when ready to serve, toss the prepared pasta with a bit of the cacciatore sauce first, then top with the chicken, peppers + onion mixture. top with freshly-chopped parsley + parmesan cheese, if desired.

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1 kristen @ notsodomesticated January 10, 2013 at 6:03 am

I may need to try this, because the last time I tried to make chicken cacciatore, it wasn’t nearly as good as I had hoped. It was fine, but not GREAT!

2 Amy (Savory Moments) January 10, 2013 at 6:58 am

This looks really delicious and I always love new recipes for the slow-cooker. They are amazing for work days!

3 amy January 10, 2013 at 7:03 am

Aren’t they, though? Just prep it + plug it in in the morning, come home hours later to an awesome-smelling house + a dinner that’s ready to go!

4 luv what you do January 10, 2013 at 7:26 am

I love that you use your slow cooker as often as I do!!!
This look so bright and hearty for dreary winter days. I am adding it to my dinner line up!

5 danielle January 10, 2013 at 8:35 am

I bookmarked a slow cooker cacciatori earlier this week. Yours looks great!

6 claire @ the realistic nutritionist January 10, 2013 at 9:44 am

yes. I want to come over for dinner!!

7 Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations January 10, 2013 at 9:47 am

I had never heard or tried Chicken Cacciatori but pasta, veggies and chicken sound amazing to me. Will have to try sometime.

8 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life January 10, 2013 at 10:51 am

I really do need to get out my slow cooker and take advantage of these awesome recipes. This looks and sounds like one that my kids would devour!

9 amy January 10, 2013 at 11:47 am

This one is definitely kiddo-friendly, Jocelyn! Hope you + your family love it. =)

10 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 10, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I remember seeing this on IG! So glad you posted this recipe – we just brought out the slow cooker last night for dinner and we’re trying to use it more so this here is just perfect!

11 Choc Chip Uru January 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm

This just looks so cheesy and delicious my friend – drooling!

Choc Chip Uru

12 amy January 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Aww, thanks so much Jennifer! You’ll have to report back what you think of it if/when you try it!

13 Jennifer January 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm

This sounds so yummy — you always come up with the best slow-cooker recipes! Think I’ll try it next week.

14 Steph January 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I would love to have this waiting for me when I got home!!

15 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) January 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I never get tired of these slow cooker recipes so keep em coming!!…as long as they’re tasty of course. 😉

Happy New Year my friend!

16 Ashley @thedrivencook January 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Wow! I love chicken cacciatore but hadn’t found one that looked like it would be a success in the crock pot- until now! I love the colors- the bell peppers, parsley, etc. Sure to brighten any blah winter day!

17 Elizabeth @ The Waspy Redhead January 10, 2013 at 6:58 pm

You’ve been crushing it lately with the slow cooker recipes, keep it up!

18 Beth January 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Great idea to prepare it in the slow cooker! Chicken cacciatore is a favorite of mine, and this looks like an easy way to make it.

19 Jackie @ Domestic Fits January 11, 2013 at 12:09 am

I just got a slow cooker. SO excited. I’m totally going to make this :) PINNING!

20 amy January 11, 2013 at 8:02 am

Oh yay, I am SOOO happy you got a slow-cooker – can’t wait to hear about all the awesome stuff you make with it!!

21 ashley - baker by nature January 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

Ahhhhh, Amy – this looks SO freakin’ good!!! I love chicken cacciatore, and you make it look even better than I remember.

22 Tracey January 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I am all about my slow cooker lately and given that I’ve somehow gone 30 years without trying chicken cacciatore, I need to put this on my to-do list! Looks like the best kind of comfort food!

23 Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up January 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I love slow-cooker recipes. During the week its how I survive. I have been looking for a good cacciatore recipe so thanks!

24 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl January 11, 2013 at 10:38 pm

You know I love my slow cooker! I’ve never tried making chicken cacciatore in it though, so I’ll definitely have to give this a try. This looks so yummy!

25 ea-the spicy rd January 12, 2013 at 9:44 am

I just realizing my kids have never had chicken cacciatore and I think they would love this! Looks so warm and comforting….Hope you have a wonderful weekend Amy!

26 katie January 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

Oh My… this looks fab. I’m always looking for quick and easy crock-pot recipes. I think I’ll definitely be making this recipe sometime in the coming weeks!

27 Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen January 12, 2013 at 11:12 am

Oh, Chicken Cacciatore was a favorite of mine growing up too. Love your slow cooker version!!

28 wendy (the weekend gourmet) January 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

I have been using my crockpot more recently, and I’m always looking for good recipe options. I must try this ASAP!!

29 Kathryn January 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

this sounds like it’s completely packed full of flavour – what a great & tasty dinner idea!

30 Maggie January 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Hi Amy, I love my slow cooker too so I will definitely try this! Thanks for sharing! Maggie xx

31 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef January 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm

this sounds awesome, amy. i don’t think i’ve ever had chicken cacciatore before, but now i wanna. and in a crockpot too? eveeen better!

32 Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama January 14, 2013 at 8:44 am

OHHHH I love a good slow cooker recipe. This looks like it would be a family favorite in my house!

33 Megan @ girl by the lake January 14, 2013 at 9:04 am

this looks awesome Amy! bravo. bravo.

comfort food heaven status achieved! (and added to my must-make list!)

34 angela @ another bite please January 14, 2013 at 9:23 am

amy this looks so amazing..I want to make for lunch today!!

35 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel January 14, 2013 at 10:22 am

want, want NEED! This looks like such a comforting meal to come home to after a long day at work! I heart my slow cooker, and I heart pasta … can’t beat this, Amy!

36 Meghan January 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

Girl, you are the slow cooker queen!! Another fabulous looking recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

37 amy January 14, 2013 at 11:05 am

Slow-Cooker Queen = i love that title! =)

38 aimee @ shugarysweets January 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Looks delicious!!! And your photos are gorgeous!

39 Erin @ Texanerin Baking January 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Another dish I’ve never tried! It looks great and I’m loving your pictures here. So colorful and pretty!

You and your slow cooker. What a lovely match. 😉

40 amy January 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm

bahaha, we are a match made in heaven!

41 Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry January 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Chicken Cacciatore was my favorite meal growing up. I’m glad to a slow cooker version of it! So much easier and less time consuming.

42 The Squishy Monster January 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Gorgeous and what a beautiful thing to utilize the slow cooker for this!

43 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious January 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I don’t have a slow cooker but you sure are making me want to go get one! Amazing looking dish :)

44 Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen January 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Oh my! Oh my! You make the best Pasta dishes in Blog Land! Yum-o!

45 Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie January 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Oooh! I love that you made this in the slow cooker! So much easier than letting it simmer away for ever and ever! I think slow cookers may have been one of the greatest inventions ever 😉

46 Blond Duck January 16, 2013 at 6:49 am

I’ve been looking for good slow cooker recipes! This is at the top of my list!

47 Katie B. of January 16, 2013 at 2:10 pm

What a colorful meal! I had no idea it was possible to do cacciatore in the slow cooker. Definitely will need to give this a try after my husband’s current round of chemo. (He can’t handle tomato during chemo week. Pooh.)

48 Lesley Eats January 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I’m totally printing this one out for my cousin who needs to cook for himself but can pretty much only use a Crock Pot! :)

49 amy January 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

It is a rare and awesome moment when I get a LesleyEats comment on a non-vegetarian recipe. Totally made my day!

50 cakewhiz January 17, 2013 at 1:58 am

this looks so simple to make!
i loveeee pasta dishes though they don’t like my butt…lol

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