Monday, October 28, 2013

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore {Guest Post}

This is from my friend Christie who is (lucky for me) part of our frozen dinner club. She delivered this and it landed on my list of top 10 favorite frozen dinners. And since it was a slow-cooker dinner, I asked her to guest post! 

Christie writes:
I adapted this recipe from one in a William’s Sonoma cookbook.  A good friend of mine brought it to us after I had our second son, and we loved it.  It was especially nice to have something a little different than the standard “new baby” meals (lasagna or enchiladas anyone?)   I asked for the recipe and found out it was cooked in the crock pot and I loved it even more!  The original recipe calls for using one whole, cut up chicken, but I use a mix of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and thighs.  They are so tender by the time they are done cooking you can shred them and then you have wonderful, hearty sauce to server over your favorite starch (pasta, rice, mashed potatoes, etc) or you can serve it as a stew with crusty bread to dip in it. 

The one drawback is that there is a lot of prep work for a crock pot recipe.  However I’ve found that the prepped ingredients freeze beautifully, so you can do all of the prep work, freeze in a gallon ziplock bag and then just pop into the crock pot the day of for a delicious meal that evening.  The added advantage of this method is that you can make 2-3 meals worth at once and then you have several easy meals all ready to go in your freezer or to share with friends who are in need of an easy, home cooked meal. 

William's Sonoma
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore


  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 Tbs. salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper, plus more, to taste
  • 1 chicken, 3 1/2 to 4 lb., cut into 8 serving pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 red or yellow bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, halved and sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (28 oz.) crushed plum tomatoes
  • 1 Tbs. dried oregano
  • 6 oz. button or cremini mushrooms, sliced

Brown the chicken
On a large plate, stir together the flour, the 1 Tbs. salt and the 1 1/2 tsp. pepper. Coat the chicken evenly with the flour mixture, shaking off the excess. In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the chicken pieces, in batches if necessary and cook until golden brown on both sides. Transfer the chicken pieces to the slow cooker or to your ziplock bag(s) if you are freezing for later.

Cook the chicken and vegetables
Return the fry pan to medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers, onion and garlic and sauté until they start to soften, about 3 minutes. Pour in the wine and broth, and deglaze the pan, stirring to scrape up the browned bits on the pan bottom. Stir in the tomatoes and oregano and bring to a simmer. Pour the mixture over the chicken.
If cooking immediately, cover and cook on the high-heat setting for 4 hours or the low-heat setting for 8 hours.
If freezing, seal & freeze for up to 3 months.  Thaw in the refrigerator the night before and then finish cooking as directed above in the slow cooker. 

Add the mushrooms
About 10 minutes before the dish is ready, stir in the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and serve.


  1. This looks sooo good! Thanks to Christie for guest posting!

  2. Sounds fabulous! Thanks for the guest post!