Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Stew Cacciatore

Tue 12th, Aug, 2014

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slow cooker chicken stew recipe abeachcottage.com easy crockpot cacciatore


A month ago I wrote here that I was bored with our dinners, the same old twenty or so (being generous) meals rotated, I felt like I could not look at another spaghetti bolognese again (though it’s one of my kiddos’ favourites) ever.

So, I decided I would get one of my vast collection of cookery books and cook my way through it…you know a bit Julie and Julia, just without the French bit…rather with an Australian cottage twist ;) and look for recipes to mostly adapt to using the slow cooker…I started looking through books and quickly realised that many recipes/ideas/cookbooks cook in quite a different way to me…a lot of recipes at the moment seem to be of the ‘super quick’ kind, as in, you know, 15 Minute Meals or the like…I realised this is the exact opposite of what I was looking for…I want to spend the time on our meals in the day so that the making of the meal is slow (dare I say it cherished) and pain free…or I want, to pop something in the oven to roast or bake with no fuss… I do not want, however few minutes it takes, to be standing in the kitchen at 6.45pm manically trying to get a meal on the table in 15 minutes in between sports pick-ups…

So I changed what I was looking for (and I did actually find some really good quick store-cupboard recipes that are easy too) and started looking for new (to me) things that I could either prep in the daytime (I often prep stuff in the day like this super easy baked risotto recipe here) or adapt to my slow cooker…I tried a few new recipes in the slow cooker and virtually put them in the bin they were so bad…nothing like apologising to your family when you dish up a pile of slop…


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 Italian Chicken Stew Cacciatore

So I’ve made this a few times now Chicken Cacciatore or Hunter’s Stew…the recipe I had for this called for chicken pieces (most do), but I quite often don’t like chicken on the bone in the slow cooker, I’m not sure why so I subbed with chicken breasts.  I also found a lot of variations on this when I looked online…rabbit (if I could catch one of the rabbits eating all the plants in my garden for sure it would be in my crockpot), all kinds of extras like mushrooms, red wine, etc etc.  From what I have read if one is an Italian Hunter in the depths of Italy, one can chuck in what’s on offer to make it taste good…

1 large onion finely chopped

4 to 5 chicken breasts or pieces on the bone

1 red pepper/capsicum

3 cloves garlic

2 sticks celery finely sliced

1 cup wine (red or white, I interchange, this was with white)

1 can tomatoes

1 cup black pitted olives

scant 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

handful of fresh parsley & oregano chopped

teaspoon dried oregano

1. add onion & chicken to pan to brown

2. add wine to pan and reduce

3. add this and all other ingredients to crockpot

OR dump the whole lot in in one go (supposedly not as much flavour…I’ve never had much probs and to be honest am a dump and go kinda girl hahahahahh)

leave on HIGH setting for 4/5 hours or all day on low… add the olives towards the end of cooking (I didn’t add them for this one b/c they are not loved in this house by the kiddos, I add ours later)

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Let me know if you try it, thanks to all of you who have been rummaging through my slow cooker recipes and please leave any questions in the comments – btw I always try recipes for the blog at least twice normally 3 times so that I know the quantities are good because normally I just eyeball everything (and I change everything as I go along), so yes this has been made three times this month…so much for new recipes


p.s. you can find all my slow cooker recipes here - if you never get your dinner sorted and need some calm around the evenings, these will definitely help…it changed my life ;)   oh and this Pea and Parmesan soup is very popular and one of my faves plus gluten free and pretty much store-cupboard but still healthy, love that x

p.s. thanks for the shop love – a few more bits going up soon (see my shop page over here and Instagram/Facebook) and I do have a few more trunks on the way…lots of trunks living under this old cottage roflmao

slow cooker chicken stew recipe abeachcottage.com easy crockpot cacciatore

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7 Responses to “Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Stew Cacciatore”

  1. merilyn says:

    tasty warm and hearty thanks sarah!
    this one would be a hit here!
    the photos are just gorgeous with that springy pop of yellow with the aqua … cheerio m;0X

  2. How timely, I was just about to search for a chicken slow cooker recipe for tonight. Thank you.x

  3. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    I love slow cooker recipes I will definitely give this one a go.Thank you Sarah x

  4. Neen says:

    Yummo. I have a few questions because I have no idea about cooking .
    Do I leave the chicken breasts whole or chop them up? Also how long in the oven please?
    Teenage boy will luuuuurve me sooooo much if this is as good as the world famous A Beach Cottage chicken curry!! Thanks Sarah, Neen ;) (the no-olives for me girl)

    • Sarah says:

      you can chop them up small or just halve – if you leave them in there cooking for hours they will fall apart…

      ahhaha I have to match up to that curry…this one is good too! but I tell you I have a fish dish I have been making and it’s gone down sooooo well with my teenagers – more soon xo

  5. Selby says:

    Yum sounds great!

    Very bummed my slow cooker has broken this week- just out of warranty of course! Will def have to get it sorted quickly with a replacement I’m missing the ease of it already.