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You can cook this Chicken Cacciatore recipe in the slow cooker or in the oven. Either way, your preparation time will be around ten minutes.

It’s delicious served with boiled rice or potatoes.  You might also enjoy Chicken with Apricots and Almonds – also cooked in the slow cooker.

It will serve around 4 people

Chicken Cacciatore

Let’s get started:

Chicken Cacciatore – Ingredients

  • 6-8 chicken thighs cut in half (skin removed) – or chicken drumsticks (skin removed)
  • 800g (28ozs) tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion – diced
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves – crushed
  • 2 table spoons tomato puree
  • 1 tea spoon sugar
  • 2 table spoons fresh basil or 1 tea spoons dried basil
  • 2 table spoons capers
  • 10-12 black olives
  • 1 small tin anchovies, drained and chopped into small pieces
  • Fresh parsley to ganish, chopped (don’t use dried)

Chicken Cacciatore – Method

  1. Put everything bar the fresh parsley into the slow cooker (or casserole dish if you are cooking in the oven)
  2. Stir and cover with slow cooker/casserole dish lid
  3. Cook on slow setting for 4-6 hours (around 1 hour in a moderate oven – make sure chicken is properly cooked)
  4. Just before serving add fresh parsley

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve at the table with a big bowl of brown or white rice
  • Also nice with jacket potatoes or boiled potatoes
  • Serve with Garlic Bread
  • If you have time, prepare a dressed green salad


  • Add fresh chili or chili flakes for a spicy alternative – very nice!
  • Use chicken drum sticks (skin removed) instead of thighs, or a combination of both
  • If you have time, omit the black olives and add some crispy cooked bacon pieces towards the end of cooking

Handy Hints

  • Remember, all slow cookers are different, so if you’re using your slow cooker for the first time, I suggest you stay at home and keep an eye on it.  You can check it’s working okay and the food is not getting too dry
  • If, at the end of cooking, the mixture is too runny, try this:
  1. Spoon off most of the liquid with a soup spoon and place in a saucepan
  2. Boil fairly rapidly on the stove until it reduces by half
  3. Then add the liquid back into the slow cooker/casserole dish
  • You can also thicken thesauce with a couple of table spoonfuls of corn flour, mixed to a smooth paste with a little water
  • If the mixture is too thick, add some chicken stock (or water).

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8 Responses to “Chicken Cacciatore – in Ten Minutes”

  1. Jenny Locke says:

    Great sounding recipe, I will give it a go for sure. I love slow cooking in winter. It makes the house smell yummy and it is great to have dinner already cooked at the end of the day. It’s just a matter of finding recipes that suit the family. I’ve had a few disasters and tasteless dishes but it’s all about experimenting.

  2. Thanks for commenting Jenny – let me know if you give this recipe a try. I’ve also had a few disasters over the years – but as with most things, that’s how we learn.

  3. Hi Jan,

    I’ve never tried slow cooking before this weekend. With help from a friend we slow cooked a goat recipe. It turned out great. This Chicken Cacciatore recipe looks like a ripper. The garlic, capers and parsley would infuse to create a mouth watering dish.

  4. Hi David – thanks for your comments. The goat recipe sounds interesting – especially as I’ve never cooked with goat before. Would love to try out the recipe 🙂

  5. Hi Jan,
    I love slow-cooking, and as the weather here is decidedly ‘wet’ and chilly, this recipe is urging me to get into the kitchen. Some people just have the knack of writing the right words when it comes to food. Congratulations, you’ve got that for sure! Yummmy, and thanks.

  6. Oh I wish I had not put myself on a diet this looks good.
    Oh well I will look forward to it when all this weight is off.
    I really enjoyed this write up. I do like cooking slowly as well I find that meat cooked slowly is the best way, I take it straight from the freezer into the oven it comes out the best, it cooks its own juice while thawing out. just something else i thought i would throw in.

  7. Belinda says:

    Hi Jan,
    Would chicken breasts work as well, in place of chicken thighs?

  8. Hi Belinda,
    Yes, chicken breasts work well, but because breast meat is a little ‘dryer’ it does tend to break up a bit in the slow cooker. The thighs keep their shape and are a bit more juicy. Thighs are quite a bit cheaper as well, so maybe save the breasts for a different chicken dish.

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