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Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

When I pulled this meal out of the freezer and opened the bag up, it already smelled good.  There's something about the smell of chopped green peppers, onions and garlic to make you feel like you're going to eat something really delicious!  Of course, getting to smell it all day while it slow cooked in all those juices, made me excited for dinner.  In fact, as I sit here writing this past midnight, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.  Too bad we didn't have any leftovers!
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 10 mins
Total Time3 hrs 45 mins
Course: Chicken, Main Dish, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore
Servings: 6
Calories: 606kcal
Author: Sarah Robinson

Ingredients

  • 2 c mushrooms sliced
  • 1 c celery sliced
  • 1 c carrots chopped
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 1 green pepper cut into strips
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 5-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ c chicken broth
  • ¼ c dry white wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • Italian breadcrumbs optional: to thicken sauce at the end
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Hot cooked pasta (we used spaghetti noodles)

Instructions

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients except pasta, Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.  Mix it up well so that everything will evenly cook and mix flavors together well.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.  Once cooked, mix in about 1/4 cup of bread crumbs and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese to thicken it up just a tad. Shred meat with two forks.  Leave the lid off and cook for another 30 minutes.  Serve over hot cooked pasta or rice.

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

  • Chop mushrooms
  • Chop celery
  • Chop carrots
  • Chop onions
  • Chop green peppers
  • Mince garlic (unless you bought it in a jar)
  • Place all ingredients except Parmesan cheese, pasta and bread crumbs into the bag.
  • Label & Freeze
  • On Cooking day, if you forget to get it out the night before, place in slow cooker frozen, but add an extra hour of cooking time if cooking on Low or an extra 30 minutes if cooking on High.

Nutrition

Calories: 606kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1170mg | Potassium: 1198mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 4342IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 295mg | Iron: 4mg