Slow cooker chicken cacciatore is a recipe that is perfect all year round, it features clean & simple, delicious & bold flavours.
Chicken Cacciatore is a dish that means many things to many people. It has morphed greatly as it has spread across the globe.
Some of it for the good, some of it not so good.
My version is very much lighter than some, taking some hints from my rabbit cacciatore.
This like that recipe, this version uses white wine rather than the more often seen red wine.
Don’t worry though if you have a bottle of red wine you must check out my chicken legs in red wine.
My slow cooker chicken cacciatore recipe uses just the legs, this is primarily because they have more flavour.
But they also offer more flavour to the as the stew slowly cooks in the Crock Pot.
In addition, they also make the recipe easier to scale and help make it look the bees knees!
Presentation and Finishing the Recipe.
If you are new here, hello, if not then you know I have a thing for presentation.
It does not take long, but dinner always feels special when it looks purdy.
You can of course just pour this in a bowl and it will taste fantastic!
But if you want to separate out the legs then here is a video that can help with that. The section that you want starts at 27 seconds.
It adds no flavour to the dish, and it does not change the cooking time so feel free to skip this.
As for skin on or off, then it is up to you. There are many that are no keen on “soggy” skin, I was one of this people until fairly recently but I know leave the skin on.
I like the flavour it adds to the chicken cacciatore and I also have become fond of the texture it gets in the slow cooker.
When I serve this dish I separate out the chicken and vegetables taking care to discard the rosemary.
I then strain the sauce, then squeeze out the garlic into this and stir it through.
But all of this is the extra 1% and not critical.
As far as I am concerned this dish is best served with a cheesy polenta, I would use a nice nutty gruyere cheese.
But as with all dishes there are options, and this slow cooker chicken cacciatore is no different!
If you wanted to stick with the hearty theme but go a little lighter than a butter laden mash then these puy lentils with bacon would also work a treat!
Chicken Cacciatore or Hunters Chicken is a really simple tasty dish and this version cooked in the slow cooker as a wonderful simple autumn meal.
- 2 Chicken Legs
- 1 Head Garlic
- 30 g (1 oz) Butter
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 50 g (1.75 oz)Carrot
- 35 g (1.2 oz)Celery
- 150 ml (5.1 fl oz) White Wine
- 250 ml (8.5 fl oz) Chicken Stock
- 150 g (5.3 oz) Tinned Tomatoes
- 2 Sprigs Rosemary
- 30 g (1 oz) Flour
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Cut the celery and carrot into a rough 5mm dice.
- Cut the top of the head of garlic off keeping the root in place.
- Heat a frying pan over a medium-high heat add the olive oil and butter.
- Dust the chicken legs in well-seasoned flour.
- Add the garlic cut side down to the pan.
- Fry the chicken on both sides until golden brown, this should take around 10 minutes.
- Remove the chicken and set aside.
- Turn the heat up to high and add the diced carrot and celery.
- Fry for 5-6 minutes until the edges start to colour.
- Pour in the white wine and reduce by half.
- Transfer to a slow cooker and add the chicken tinned tomatoes, chicken stock and rosemary.
- Add a lid and cook on low for 4 hours.
- I like to separate the vegetables and serve the chicken on top with a drizzle of sauce.
- I also squeeze the garlic from the head of garlic and mix through the sauce.
- You can thicken the sauce with 1 tablespoon of cornflour slaked with water if you wish, I do not think that it is necessary.
You can double the amount of chicken in this recipe without increasing the liquids, although I would add more carrot and celery.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 856Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 364mgSodium: 946mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 69g
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