Authentic Chicken Cacciatore has long been a staple among Italian dishes. Traditionally, the recipe calls for chicken thighs and breasts to be slowly marinated in a mixture of tomato sauce, peppers and spices, until the chicken is so tender that it falls right off the bone. Incorporating a slow-cooker to this traditional dish not only helps to simplify the cooking process, but also allows the chicken more time to marinate in the sauce, resulting in a more tender and flavorful end product. You'll only need to spend about 20 minutes prepping this amazing sauce. One the sauce simmers in the cooker, all you need to do is cook up some fresh pasta, and serve. Enjoy!
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 green bell peppers, chopped
- 2 red bell peppers, chopped
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 (8-oz.) package sliced cremini mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 (28-oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
- 2 skinned, bone-in chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lb.)
- 2 skinned, bone-in chicken leg quarters (about 1 1/2 lb.)
- 1 (16-oz.) box spaghetti
- 1 1/2 cups pitted kalamata olives, halved
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Garnishes: fresh basil, fresh parsley, shaved fresh Parmesan cheese
1. Place first 5 ingredients in a 6-qt. slow cooker; stir in salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper. Whisk together tomato paste and wine, and add to slow cooker. Add drained tomatoes and chicken. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours.
2. Uncover and carefully remove chicken from slow cooker, using tongs. Increase slow cooker temperature to HIGH. Cover and cook tomato mixture 30 more minutes or until sauce thickens to desired consistency.
3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Remove chicken meat from bones; discard bones. Shred meat. Stir olives and next 2 ingredients into sauce. Serve immediately over spaghetti.