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Contest-Winning Chicken Cacciatore

My husband and I own and operate a busy farm. There are days when there's just no time left for cooking! It's really nice to be able to come into the house at night and smell this wonderful slow cooker chicken cacciatore. —Aggie Arnold-Norman, Liberty, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up and skin removed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained, or 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup white wine or water
  • Hot cooked pasta


  • Place onions in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the chicken, seasonings, tomatoes, tomato sauce, mushrooms and wine.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is tender. Discard bay leaf. Serve chicken with sauce over pasta.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving (calculated without pasta): 207 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 787mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 vegetable.

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  • Suzanne
    Oct 22, 2019

    My husband - the hardest to introduce a new recipe to - LOVED this recipe. I made one change. I used Farfalle pasta as I wanted a pasta that would hold some of the juices to it.

  • muffbear74
    Mar 21, 2019

    This was ok, but I thought it needed more flavor and would have liked the sauce to be thicker.

    Feb 25, 2019

    I am not sure why this was Award Winning Chicken Cacciatore. The sauce had no flavor and it was like water no taste of tomatoe. I will not make this again. I think someone should check to make sure that the recipe is correct. No stars from me.

  • 911granny
    Feb 13, 2018

    This sounded good. Different from the one I use (got it from an Italian family). Sooo disappointed. Too watery, even for a marina sauce. I even added some thickener - no luck. Will go back to my other recipe.

  • snate56
    Dec 22, 2017

    Ahh, I'm seeing the problem here. Too much liquid in a crock pot that can't boil off. Eliminate the tomato sauce and use tomato paste.

  • kiki61
    Nov 9, 2017

    I followed this recipe exactly as stated. It was tasteless. I was excited to try this "contest winning" recipe as it has all the ingredients that we love, but was very disappointed. It would be an easy fix I suppose, adding more amounts of these seasonings, possibly adding chicken stock or chili powder. Don't think its worth it though.

  • Patricia
    Oct 31, 2017

    I thought this recipe sounded good. I had all the ingredients on hand so loaded the crock-pot. We thought this had good flavor. Of course the chicken dark meat was much more flavorful than the white meat. My only complaints are too much sauce for the amount of chicken AND the sauce was very thin and watery. Next time I make this I'll thicken the sauce at the end of cooking.

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 30, 2017

    We've fixed this many times and the flavors really come together here!!

  • Ginni
    Mar 5, 2017

    Found this recipe bland with a watery sauce. Will not use it again

  • Bunnyphillips
    Jul 20, 2016

    We did use Rotel tomatoes with chilies and added sliced carrots too.