Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Sunday, December 29, 2019
If you love Chicken Cacciatore then this slow cooker recipe is going to just blow you away in flavor!

The slow cooker seals in the juices and smells divine while cooking, your mouth will be watering with the fabulous aroma from the peppers and tomatoes cooking.

Besides this dish is extremely easy to make, "by setting and forgetting it when cooked in the slow cooker", it's also absolutely fork-tender delicious!

If you have loads of time to cook then everything can go into a huge dutch oven on the stovetop or in the oven also.

I am a huge fan of the multicooker pots that are available now and I actually just made this in my new Crockpot express, it's my new favorite toy.

I have made a delicious pork beer stew using the Pressure Cooker mode also you may want to try.

My Mississippi Pot Roast is divine also and one of the easiest recipes on the worldwide web, you don't want to miss trying that family favorite recipe!

Just don't forget to get a good crusty loaf of Italian bread to go with this Chicken Cacciatore meal to sop up the delicious sauce this makes.

Please let me know how you like this recipe and don't forget to print it off with the recipe card at the bottom.

slow cooker chicken cacciatore in a large black liner pot with peppers on top

Grandma's Chicken Cacciatore

Grandma always used fresh ingredients.

There was no skimping on fresh tomatoes, fresh garlic or fresh green peppers.

Hers was a simplified dish and nothing else was in there for here cacciatore.

Later on, mom would add to the pot like a cacciatore stew with mushrooms, carrots and even some potatoes at times.

This is a basic recipe and you can improvise to however you like it.

these are fresh plum tomatoes in a napkin lined wicker basket

Tomato and Wine Sauce

The sauce is wonderful and Grandma always added wine to the pan!

She used whatever we had on hand white or red,  but I prefer to use white so it doesn't make the chicken look pink inside when it's done cooking.

I have made this recipe on the stovetop, regular slow cooker, in the oven and now even the Crockpot Express.

Using a small appliance that's a multicooker that sears the meats, makes this dish so much faster and tastier to serve.

One step in the slow cooker that's different is you will have to sear on the stovetop first before adding to your slow cooker.

No matter which way you decide to cook this Chicken Cacciatore, it's tender flavorful and the perfect meal to come home to after a long day at work or even shopping!


  • Use any parts of the chicken bone-in or boneless
  • Substitute hot peppers or cherry peppers
  • Add fresh sliced mushrooms around 1 pound
  • Always slow cook this recipe no matter what cooking method is used
  • Bake, slow cooker, pressure cooker (instant pot) or stovetop methods can be used for cooking this recipe

this is a big pan of chicken frying to make chicken cacciatore

Ingredients You Will Need to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

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  • chicken pieces bone-in or boneless breast and thighs if using to pour over rice or mashed potatoes ( I used legs and thighs bone-in for this recipe today)
  • seasoned flour salt, pepper.
  • bell peppers sliced
  • plum tomatoes pulsed to a diced size
  • minced garlic
  • can whole tomatoes with basil added pureed in the food processor
  • olive oil
  • white wine ( I used Pinot Grigio)
  • cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes, oregano, parsley
  • Optional: peas, cut green beans, finger carrots for sweetness

Stovetop Chicken Cacciatore

The flavors are amazing.

The chicken always falls off the bone, it really gets very tender using a slow cooker.

Grandma had no slow cookers in the 1960s, she only and always made this on the stovetop as shown in the photo below.

You can proceed by cooking this on the top of the stove fon a slow simmer around 2 hours or until the chicken is fork-tender.

chicken legs and thighs sauteed in a large chicken fryer pan


  • Always fry the chicken pieces first, ( you can even do that the night before if you work out of the home for the next day's dinner)
  • If adding other vegetables to the pot always add them on the bottom and chicken on top for more flavor
  • For easier cleanup, use liner slow cooker bags
  • Use at least a 5-quart crockpot/slow cooker for this recipe
  • Use boneless thighs or breasts if pouring over rice or mashed potatoes
  • For a very thick sauce add flour 1/2 hour before serving around 1 tablespoon
  • Only use a good grade wine that tastes good when drinking

slow cooker chicken cacciatore in a large black liner pot with peppers on top

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is easy to make! Pin for later

This is a pin for later Chicken cacciatore done in a slow cooker using chicken legs and thigh and peppers with fresh tomatoes

Easy Recipes

I love easy recipes like this Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore, it's really impressive for a slow cooker recipe.

During the year, I love to experiment with all kinds of classic and traditional Italian recipes that mom and grandma use to make like this one.

When it comes out as great as this chicken meal, I am a happy girl!

The whole family loved this dinner and asks for it time and time again!

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slow cooker chicken cacciatore in a large black liner pot with peppers on top

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Yield: 4
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 8 hourtotal time: 8 H & 20 M
Here is the classic Italian chicken cacciatore made simple in a slow cooker. The recipe is fantastic, tasty and great with rice, potatoes or even all by itself with some hard crusted Italian bread.


  • 8 to 10 chicken pieces bone-in (or boneless breast and thighs if using to pour over rice or mashed potatoes) 
  • Note: ( I used legs and thighs bone-in for this recipe today)
  • Shake the chicken in around 1 cup of seasoned flour before frying seasoned with salt, pepper.
  • 3 bell peppers sliced
  • 8 plum tomatoes pulsed to a diced size
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 can 16 ounce whole tomatoes with basil added pureed in the food processor
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine ( I used Pinot Grigio) or more if it gets too thick
  • salt, pepper, cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes, oregano, parsley
  • Optional: I occasionally throw in a can of peas of cut green beans, mushrooms, for an additional vegetable at the end of cooking. 
  • Also, I add a handful of finger carrots for sweetness and cubed potatoes as a stew.


How to cook Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

  1. Fry the floured chicken pieces until nicely browned on both sides and season to taste with salt and pepper. You can do this the night before this meal to save time in the morning before going on with your day.
  2. In a large enough slow crocker to accommodate the chicken pieces, add the tomatoes, wine,  peppers, herbs and spices and garlic to the slow cooker.
  3. If adding other vegetables like peas do not add until the end of the cooking process. 
  4. Add them around a 1/2 hour before this is cooked and also for thicker sauce add more flour and water 30 minutes before it completed time.
  5. Slow cook this for 6 to 8 hours. Serve with crusty Italian bread rice or mashed potatoes.
  6. Note: I used a 5 or 7 quart-sized slow cooker.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore is easy to make! Pin for later

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Other Recipes To Try

Mommy's Chicken Nuggets

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Bundt Pan Roasted Chicken

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2015. It was edited and re-published in 2019.


  1. This was one of the first meals I cooked for my family when I was in high school. I'm not sure if it was any good, but yours looks fabulous!

  2. this looks great! i love easy slow cooker meals!

  3. My grandmother used to make chicken Cacciatore growing up. Need to try it again for my kids.

  4. Your memories are making me smile. I can relate so much. This chicken looks so tasty and tender. Pinning right now!

  5. I work from home and don't have a ton of time to be cooking elaborate meals. I am always looking for new ways to serve chicken and love crock pot meals.

  6. I love chicken very much! Your recipe looks incredible. This is a great idea for dinner. I definitely want to try this and I'm sure it's very tasty! Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

  7. That is such a delicious looking chicken dish. Sounds so flavorful and love that it is slow cooked.

  8. I've never made chicken cacciatore myself but I remember my granny making this. This look incredible. I must save it for later when I wanna try.

  9. It has been ages since I made chicken cacciatore. I love using my slow this is a must try for me. Perfect for easy and stress-free weekend cooking. A great family dinner.

  10. Dear Claudia, your chicken cacciatore looks and sounds delicious. Such a perfect recipe for busy weeknights. I know my family would thoroughly enjoy this. XO, Catherine

  11. I agree with you, best cook in the world is grandmothers, then mom. I like the idea of cooking chicken in slow cooker that too flavorful with plum tomatoes and bell peppers, stress free dinner.

  12. Yes! Please. I just bought a big pack of chicken drumstick and when I saw the pictures, i know that this will be included in my menu list this week.

  13. We do love our chicken and cacciatore is a great way to prepare it. I believe some of our best memories are associated with food and family.

  14. Food and family go hand in hand and I have great memories of my grandmother and mom associated with food. Love the use of slow cooker to get the deep flavor and this recipes sounds so good.

  15. This chicken sounds and looks so flavorful. It's perfect weekend family dinner. I can't wait to try this with my family. I just know they love it.

  16. slow cooker meals are so great during the week when schedules are busy. this sounds delicious!

  17. Claudia; this chicken cacciatore recipe looks and sounds delicious! I bet it would be good with your Herbed potato bread.makes my mouth water thinking about it!!!

  18. I've never made this before! Can't wait to try it!

  19. This looks so delicious! It's the best kind of comfort food!


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