Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

I was so nervous about giving J a slow cooker for Christmas.  I was getting quite anxious about it really.  I would wake up in the night with the fear of seeing his disappointed face on Christmas morning.Sunbeam Sear and Slow Cooker

I needn’t have been worried, which I should have known.  He’d talked about getting a slow cooker all of 2013, we’d used his mum’s once to make Claire’s Mexican Shredded Beef, but as men are want to do, when a slow cooker didn’t magically turn up, he gave up on the idea.
Chicken Cacciatore in slow cooker

He opened the small component of the gift first, a slow cooker cookbook, which automatically gave away what was wrapped inside the big box, and the smile on his face was contagious.  He wanted to put something in it right away, but I reminded him that it was Christmas and there would be plenty of food that day.

So for dinner on Boxing Day we had slow cooker Butter Chicken, it was delicious and have made a few things since.  We now plan a slow cooker meal at least once a fortnight and I pick something up to go in it when I do our groceries.  We’ve decided that it’s better for meat, as vegetables generally don’t need hours to cook.

chicken cacciatore

I’m also trying to learn how to be a bit more relaxed when using it rather than following recipes all the time, but I think that this will come with practice.

I first had chicken cacciatore at The Falls Festival Tasmania (2011/2012) and have been thinking about it ever since.  So to me it was an obvious choice for the slow cooker.  Sadly, I could only find stove top recipes.  So I adapted a recipe and it turned out amazingly!

Do you ever get anxious about gift giving?  Do you have a slow cooker? What is your go to slow cooker recipe?
chicken dumsticks cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Author: Clare Reilly
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Serves: 4
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 kg chicken drumsticks
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 carrots, chopped
  • 2 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley, to garnish
  1. Heat oil on sear in slow cooker, fry chicken until browned, remove from pan.
  2. Fry onion, carrots, bacon, garlic until softened.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients (except parsley), return chicken to slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low for 5 hrs.
  5. Serve with parsley.
As I have a sear and slow cooker, I use the sear function to fry off meats and vegetables. If you do not have this function, you can do the frying in a separate pan and then add to slow cooker.


8 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

  1. I’d love someone to give me a slow cooker! I think I’m definitely going to buy one this coming winter because I want to get more organised with my cooking and putting something on first thing in the morning so dinner’s sorted for that evening sounds like it would be a big help. Your chicken looks very lovely xx

    1. I thought a slow cooker was only for winter foods but have recently discovered some great summer foods to cook in there and it doesn’t make the house as hot as the oven.

    1. You should definitely get it back! I’m just discovering the huge amount of delicious foods we can cook in it.

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