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Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore with Kick

It doesn’t get much better than this crock pot recipe. Easy enough to stir together while you are having morning coffee, it’s classic Italian flavors provide the ultimate comfort dinner. Just cook up broad noodles when you get home.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 3 hours


8 bone-in chicken thighs
8 bone-in chicken drumsticks
4 bone-in chicken breasts
28 oz canned diced plum tomatoes
¼ cup cornstarch
4 cloves garlic, large, minced
1 tsp oregano, dried
1 tsp basil, dried
1 tsp thyme, dried
1 tsp rosemary, dried
1 tsp hot red chili pepper flakes, (optional)
1 green pepper(s), coarsely chopped
1 cup black olives, small
2 cups white button mushrooms, quartered

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Pull all the skin from the chicken and trim away any fat. Pour ¼ cup (60 ml) juice from the can of tomatoes into a small bowl. Stir in the cornstarch until dissolved, then pour into a slow cooker and turn to high.

  2. Drain off and discard the remaining juice from tomatoes, then pour the diced tomatoes into the slow cooker. If using whole tomatoes, however, coarsely chop and then spoon chopped tomatoes, but not the juice, into the cooker. Stir to coat with cornstarch mixture. Add garlic and seasonings. Cover while you chop pepper and remove pits from olives. Then stir both in.

  3. Tuck the chicken into the sauce, bone side up. Cover and cook on high 3 hours or medium for 6 hours.

  4. Stir in the mushrooms and continue cooking 30 minutes or until chicken and mushrooms are done as you like. Before spooning out be sure stir the mixture well, bringing up the thickened cacciatore from the bottom of the dish. Marvelous served over pasta. Refrigerated, mixture will keep well at least 3 days.

Nutrition Info

Per 465 g serving Amount
Protein26 g
Fat10 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Carbohydrate25 g
Fibre5 g
Sugar9 g
Cholesterol95 mg
Sodium860 mg
Per 465 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A40
Vitamin C130
Vitamin B632
Vitamin B1221