Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Posted on September 7, 2011

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Before I tell you about this dish, I need to let you in on a handy little secret I learned from a friend recently.  I love friends!  And that little secret is………..CROCK POT LINERS!!!!  Ta Da!   I have had no problem locating these just in my local Wal Mart.  They make clean up SO MUCH easier.  Try them.  You’ll be addicted.

Now, back to Chicken Cacciatore.  I absolutely love this dish.  It is a crock pot meal and it easily assemble in about 20 minutes.  Great for those busy days or for Sundays when you have late church.   I think of this as Italian comfort food–the equivalent to roast, mashed potatoes & gravy.  The sauce is incredibly rich, full of vitamins, low-fat, and goes perfectly with a mashed potato-like mound of Italian polenta.  The family loves this dish, except The Youngest, who is diametrically opposed to peppers of any kind in anything.  We hope she outgrows it……

4-5 frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 large onion, thinly sliced

2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

6 ounces sliced mushrooms (fresh)

1  green pepper, chopped

2-4 cloves garlic, minced (or heaping T. refrigerated garlic)

2 teaspoons oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

½ teaspoon celery seed (or celery salt–reduce salt if using)

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup dry white wine (or apple cider or white grape juice)

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Place onions in bottom of crock pot. Add frozen chicken.

Stir all the other ingredients together. Pour over chicken.

Cook on low heat 5 to 6 hours or high heat for about 3 to 4 hours.

Serve over pasta or Polenta.

 

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