My easy slow cooker chicken cacciatore couldn’t be easier. Healthy, delicious and an all round family favourite, this winter warming recipe is sure to become a a regular on every busy family’s menu.
I haven’t always been a fan of the slow cooker.
My husband says I don’t like it because it’s, well…slow. And he’s probably right. I like to have control over what I’m cooking. I like to be the boss.
But I have succumbed to a new way of thinking.
Since being on the Gaps diet, I need all the help in the kitchen I can get!
And that’s how this easy slow cooker chicken cacciatore recipe came to be. It’s so incredibly simple, healthy and actually very delicious. It’s quite rich so lovely served with some steamed greens or maybe some cauliflower mash. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine.
Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
I used a whole organic chicken portioned into ten pieces to make this recipe, but you could use drumsticks or thighs, any part of the chicken with the bone in.
10 pieces of chicken
1 onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
1 tablespoon of dried Italian herbs
2 cans of tomatoes (I prefer organic Italian tomatoes in BPA free tins)
1 cup of chicken stock or broth
1 cup of olives, I used Kalamata olives, pitted if preferred.
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Fresh parsley to serve
What to do:
I have a slow cooker that the baking dish comes out of and can be put on the stove top, so I do brown the meat and soften the onions. This step is optional and depends on your propensity for doing extra dishes that day.
Heat a large frying pan or casserole on the stove top with a spoon of ghee or drizzle of olive oil.
Add the chicken, skin side down and cook until golden brow, turning to brown the other side also.
Move the chicken to one side and add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, around five minutes.
Turn off the heat, evenly distribute the chicken, onions and garlic over the base of the pan.
Pour over the tomatoes and stock. Sprinkle over the herbs.
Cook as per the directions on your slow cooker. I chose 4 hours on high, but could also do around 6-7 hours on low.
Half an hour before serving, carefully stir through the olives.
Serve garnished with chopped parsley and your choice of side dishes.
* Next time I might try adding some chopped carrot and celery with the onions and a handful of green beans with the olives to make a complete dish and save more washing up!
So tell me…do you love your slow cooker? I have done some research and found some more simple, healthy, real food recipes that are perfect for the slow cooker!
More Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes
Try these totally Rich and Tasty Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks from Lisa Corduff: Keeping Food Real.
Or this tasty Slow Cooker Beef Cheek Curry from Alisha at Naughty Naturopath Mum and more beef cheek deliciousness form Angela at Lovely Little Coconuts with her Ultimate Comfort Food Slow Cooked Beef Cheek Casserole.
Sonia from Natural New Age Mum has got a fantastic round up of 20 Whole Food Slow Cooker Recipes and they’re all healthy and family friendly!
Do you have a slow cooker recipe you think is a winner? I’d love to know about it if you do! Share the your recipe in the comments below.
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