Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore - an easy crockpot meal loaded with tomatoes, bell peppers, kale, carrots and sliced mushrooms


  • 6 skinless chicken thighs I used bone-in
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ medium white onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2-4 Kalamata olives optional
  • ½ cup chopped kale stems removed
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch plus 3 teaspoons water whisked together in a small bowl (to thicken up sauce - leave out if you want a thinner sauce consistency)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley plus more for serving
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)
  • grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)


  1. Season chicken with salt and black pepper. Heat olive oil in a large non-tick skillet over medium high heat. Sear chicken until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to slow cooker. Alternatively, if pressed for time, skip browning and add chicken straight to a 6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Add the garlic, onion, bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, dried basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme and salt and black pepper to taste. Stir to combine. **(Do not worry if the mixture looks dry, the tomatoes will release more liquid as this cooks - if you like this dish more saucy or soup-y - you can add 1/2 cup chicken broth or water)
  3. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 4-6 hours.
  4. minutes prior to serving, stir in the olives, kale and corn starch / water slurry into the slow cooker and cook for an additional 20-30 minutes on HIGH, or until sauce thickens up slightly and kale is wilted.
  5. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, basil leaves and taste and season with additional salt or black pepper, as needed.
  6. Serve hot over pasta, zucchini noodles, rice or your favorite sides and top with grated parmesan, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 161mg54%
Sodium 183mg8%
Potassium 427mg12%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.