PRO meals: Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow cooker, many nights you’re the very reason why we have a “real” dinner.

Chicken cacciatore is one of my favorite easy summer meals, but the delicious smell of it simmering on the stove also makes it appropriate for fall. This past week, the only way it was going to happen would be in the slow cooker. I’m pretty sure that the slow cooker delivers a good result 99% of the time. Once you become friends with your own slow cooker and determine its temperament, you can put pretty much anything in there… except rice. Take my word on that one.

Chicken cacciatore: definitely works.

chicken cacciatore ingredients in the crockpot

Giada’s recipe is my favorite; I turn to her whenever I’m in the mood for something Italian. While I’m cooking, I also show my teeth, a little cleavage, and enunciate every syllable of my Italian words (but when I say them, it sounds like Spanish).

Giada Enthusiasm

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

This is a version of her beloved recipe, using some shortcuts since dinner was prepped in less than 10 minutes on my lunch break.

Chicken Cacciatore Ingredients in the Crockpot


Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore


  • 1 large can of crushed San Marzano tomatoes (28oz)
  • 1 pack of chicken breasts (3 medium), washed, pat dry, and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, minced
  • 1 C fresh basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • splash of balsamic
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 TBSP capers


  1. Put everything in the slow cooker, cook on high for 4-6 hours (or low, 6-8 hours).
  2. Stir and enjoy atop pasta or zucchini noodles.


  • A tip: The tomatoes with the high temperature kept shooting water out one side of the slow cooker. My mom put a paper towel to block it, and it kept it from becoming a mess on the counter. If no one was home, I think it would have been fine without it (just a little messy).


Shortcuts: the bell pepper had already been chopped with my Sunday prep, and I used the Trader Joe’s shallot, onion, and garlic mix (also pre-chopped)

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore for dinner

Liv loved the slow cooker chicken cacciatore, too, and it was a fun switch-up from the pizza and lasagna she enjoys regularly (I’m convinced that pizza is a universal kid food…or everyone food).

Hope you’re enjoying your Friday!



Anyone out there who actually dislikes pizza? It’s ok, we can still be friends.

What quick=prep meal have you enjoyed lately?

Check out this chopped salad for another fave! xo

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  1. cathy on March 8, 2013 at 3:06 pm


  2. Kim on March 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing – this one will make next weeks meals for sure!
    The basil and balsamic in the crock pot are going to smell awesome!!!

  3. Liesl @ Fitnessinthekitchen on March 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I actually don’t love pizza…or maybe I’m just a pizza snob.
    If I’m going to use the calories on pizza it has to be super thin crust, and have exotic toppings, like wild mushrooms, eggplant, arugula….etc. And, coming from and Italian, it must have a fabulous marinara. Otherwise, there are a lot of other things I’d rather eat. 🙂

  4. Erin @ Axell's Kitchen on March 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Umm love pizza.
    And lately I have been making tons of dinners using quinoa. It’s just so easy to make and so good for you! The only down side is my husband won’t touch it and calls it quiznos which is just annoying lol.

  5. Lisa on March 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! This looks SO delicious! I’ve been totally loving basil lately, I’ve been putting in it almost everything, since a lot of other spices tend to be really bad with my digestion.
    Saving this asap!

  6. Elizabeth on March 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    That looks awesome! The kids that I take care of don’t like pizza. They don’t like anything with tomatoes, which apparently includes sauce on pizza. It’s very odd. They will eat “no sauce” pizza, which is basically just a grilled cheese.

  7. Beth on March 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Pizza… meh. I don’t hate it, but never crave it and if I never had it again I wouldn’t be that upset.

  8. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on March 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I never turn down a pizza!

  9. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian on March 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    That’s a great looking slow cooker meal! My favorite go-to easy meal lately is tacos with beans, cheese, veggies, salsa, guacamole and sour cream (or whatever we have on hand at the time).

  10. Kristi on March 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    My son (5) HATES pizza… And hot dogs… And spaghetti… I know, it’s weird!

  11. Katie @ running4cupcakes on March 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    that looks great – it is officially on my to-make list!!! Love that pic of Giada – super funny. Happy Friday!

  12. Courtney @ Star Systemz on March 8, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I can honestly say I am not a fan of pizza..can you believe it? This dish looks delicious and I love my slow cooker! That thing has saved me so dreadful experiences and makes me seem like I can cook! Hope you have a great weekend :-). love + shine Courtstar

  13. China on March 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I’m that random weirdo who hates pizza. I keep trying to like it, but it just grosses me out. I can’t take tomatoes in any form except ketchup. 😀

  14. Jo @ LivingMintGreen on March 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Chicken cacciatore is the very first meal my (now) husband made for me on one of our first dates. I knew he was THE ONE when he topped it with a ton of fresh goat cheese. Heaven!
    I don’t want to know anyone who doesn’t like pizza. No… it can’t be possible.

  15. Haley @ fullnfit on March 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

    I don’t have a “quick prep” meal off the top of my head.. but my Sunday foodprep has saved DAYS of cooking during the week 🙂

  16. Jay on March 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    That looks great, thanks for sharing! AND you are so on about Giada!

  17. Jeannie on March 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I made Giada’s recipe on Tuesday on the pan (got the idea from your Sunday post) and loved it! This recipe of hers was so good but instead of flour I used almond meal…still so good. Great idea to use the crock pot.
    I didn’t prep this past weekend..trying to get better at that. I like when you tell us what you prep helps..

  18. Kendyl on March 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I love capers! I bet this recipe tastes even better with them in it!!

  19. Susan on March 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    My 2 year old doesn’t like pizza. I wish he did!

  20. Karissa on March 8, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    That looks amazing and will definitely be tried soon!! (And I freaking laughed out loud at your Giada description- because it’s perfect!!)

  21. Jane on March 8, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    This recipe looks amazing and healthy. Thanks for sharing! I’ve got awesome veggie and orzo soup leftovers from last night so that’s on the menu tonight, but tomorrow I’ll have to try this chicken cacciatore. Yay for slowcookers!

  22. Karen on March 9, 2013 at 7:47 am

    It would be great to do a healthy slow cooker meal post and solicit tips and fails.

    I will be happy to submit my fail – once I did a chicken and broccoli recipe and innocently thought that raw broccoli would steam and be ok in the cooker. Ummm NOT. It got stinky and partly burned and didn’t cook and essentially the whole thing was inedible. It probably would have been ok if I blanched it first or something but ever since then I am pretty careful about cruciferous veggies in the crockpot – if it has a strong smell then I don’t cook it in there!

    I make a greek chicken – very easy. Whatever chicken parts you like, I use bone in chicken thighs because my cooker goes about 9 hours while I am at work and chicken breasts dry out. Season them all over with salt and pepper and oregano. Brown them in a pan with olive oil with a little garlic saute in it. Throw them in the slow cooker and cook on low. You can splash some white wine or chicken broth on them if you wish. When you are ready to serve – squeeze some fresh lemon juice over them and serve.

    Your meal looks great.

    • Fitnessista on March 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      i’ve done the broccoli in the slow cooker fail too. STINKY 🙂

  23. Heidi on March 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Yum!! This reminds me of the recipe for chicken taco stew that I make in the crock pot. The recipe is super easy, you layer the following ingredients in the crock pot:
    1 can black beans, rinsed
    1 can of corn, drained
    1 can of diced tomatoes
    1 pack of chicken breasts
    Taco seasoning mix (or make your own with seasonings)
    1 jar of salsa

    Cook on high of 4 hours- seriously delicious and SO easy!

  24. jen on March 9, 2013 at 10:15 am

    If you get the paper daily, we like to use it under messy things, like our plug in skillet and my mixer it saves you the counter clean-up and you can put your batter covered spoon on the counter. this sounds good minus the capers, not a fan 🙂

  25. Shaina Anderson on March 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    We did eggplant parm in the slow cooker yesterday and it was so easy I felt like I was cheating. You just layer slices of raw eggplant with cheese, sauce and breadcrumbs, set on low for 8 hours and boom, done. I did goat cheese and made my own breadcrumbs to make it a little healthier.

  26. Alex @ Raw Recovery on March 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    That Giada meme was hilarious and so true. I love her

  27. Tracy on March 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    My 13 year old son dislikes pizza. I can’t believe he’s my son!

  28. Brittany @ Kitchen::Candid on March 9, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I am not a pizza fan. If there is no other option I will eat it but I NEVER ask for it. And Giada is my absolute favorite! We got rid of our Direct TV package and the Food Network is the only thing I miss!!

  29. Jess on March 10, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Everyone loves pizza!!! That is my fave slow cooker meal ever!

  30. Veterinarianess on March 10, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    bahaha love that Giada meme 🙂

  31. Lindsay on March 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Just wanted to say I made this EXACT Chicken Cacciatore for my boyfriend for dinner last night and it was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!!! OMG…delish! I’ve never cooked with capers before but they really do add something!! AMAZING recipe!

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      SO good!

  32. Rebekah on March 13, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    OMG I made this Sunday afternoon to have for dinner this week…and it is so amazing! The chicken just fell apart when I was taking it out of the crockpot and the flavor of the sauce is delicious!! I used capers and have eaten it over whole wheat pasta…this has officially moved to the favorites list!!

  33. Mona on January 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I’ve never made this before but it looks incredible. Could you recommend other veggies I could add to up the health value? Maybe mushrooms or zucchini? Thanks!

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