Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Easy and delicious, this recipe features chicken breast, pasta sauce, pepper, mushroom, and onion cooked low and slow in a slow cooker.



  • 8 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs (about 5-ounces each), fat trimmed- in the photos for this recipe, you’ll notice that I actually used 5 full chicken legs (drumstick and thigh) instead
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • cooking spray
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 ounce sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig of fresh oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (I omitted this)
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)


  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste.  Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Coat with cooking spray, add the chicken, and cook until browned- 2 to 3 minutes per side.  Transfer to your slow cooker.
  2. Reduce the heat under the skillet to medium and coat with more cooking spray.  Add the garlic and onion and cook, stirring, until soft- 3 to 4 minutes.  Transfer to the slow cooker and add the tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, thyme, oregano and bay leaf.  Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  4. Discard the bay leaf and transfer the chicken to a large plate.  Pull the chicken meat from the bones (discard the bones), shred the meat, and return it to the sauce.  Stir in the parsley (if using).  If desired, serve topped with Parmesan cheese.

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