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Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

March 28, 2011

What better way to get back to blogging then sharing the ultimate in easy dinners: slow cooking sensations!  The crock-pot is one of those handy kitchen gadgets that everyone seems to have, but rarely seems to use.  For those of you who work outside of the home or have children that occupy most of your time when you are home, then it is the ideal solution.  Most meals take less than 15 minutes to put together and will not short change you in the flavor department.  Imagine walking in the door at the end of the day to a house filled with delicious cooking smells and knowing all you need to do is get out a plate to enjoy.  Plus, because of the long cooking times, less fatty, and therefore less expensive, cuts of meat are ideal for the slow cooker.  Easy and less expensive?  Have I gotten your attention yet?

Today’s recipe is for a delicious version of chicken cacciatore.  This recipe is perfect for the slow cooker because it allows the flavors to meld with the chicken, creating rich, delicious flavor that is sure to spark your taste buds.

Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore
Yields: 4 Servings

2 medium Onions (thinly sliced)
2 1/2 pounds Chicken pieces
2 Garlic cloves (minced)
1 14.5-ounce can Crushed tomatoes
1 8-ounce can Tomato sauce
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
2 teaspoon Dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Dried basil
1/2 teaspoon Celery seed
1 Bay leaf
1/4 cup Dry white wine

1. Put onion in bottom of crock-pot and add chicken pieces. Add remaining ingredients. Cook 6 to 8 hours on LOW heat.

Kate’s Tips

We added thin slices of red bell pepper along with the onion for extra flavor and it was delicious!  I would also recommend adding the dry herbs directly on top of the chicken, rather than on top of the tomato mixture so the flavors are able to meld a little bit. 

We served it on a bed of cooked pasta with fresh basil and grated parmesan along side a spinach salad for the perfect meal.

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