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How to Make Chicken Cacciatore in a Crock-Pot

Gather the last of your tomatoes, peppers, and onions, for this late-harvest, belly-warming slow cooker dish when you learn how to make Chicken Cacciatore in a Crock-Pot.

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Chicken Cacciatore is a spicy, saucy dish that uses chicken, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions as the primary ingredients. It’s typically made in a skillet, but if you don’t yet know how to make Chicken Cacciatore in a Crock-Pot, you’re in for a real treat.

What I love most about Chicken Cacciatore, is that it’s perfect for the end of the gardening season right here in New England. If I’m lucky, I pick the last of my cherry tomatoes, peppers, and onions before the first frost and I’ll have more than I know what to do with. That makes them the perfect subjects for a dish like this, where I can use them up quickly before they begin to spoil (also chop and freeze them for later, that works too).

The spice level is up to you, but it wouldn’t be a Cacciatore without it. This simple spicy sauce throws together effortlessly, and it freezes well for lunches and dinners, making it a delicious meal prep dish to double on a Sunday.

To make this recipe easy (because who wants a slow cooker recipe to be difficult?) you can use a jar of tomato sauce from the store, but I love to make our Roasted Tomato Sauce ahead of time to use it for recipes like this!

If you love a good spicy Italian dish, then I know you’ll love this hearty recipe, it’s perfect for a fall or winter meal.

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How to Make Chicken Cacciatore in a Crock-Pot

How to Make Chicken Cacciatore in a Crock-Pot

If you don’t know how to make chicken cacciatore in a Crock-Pot or slow cooker, you’ll be thrilled to know this dish is only one-step long and is a great way to use up your end of season cherry tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers.

  • Author: Amanda MacArthur
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6 1x
  • Category: Entrées


  • 6 boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 3 small onions (2-3″ diameter) sliced into strips (I like to make them big so picky eaters can remove them)
  • Two handfuls of cherry tomatoes whole
  • 3 bell peppers, cored and sliced into strips
  • 16 oz jar of tomato sauce ( I suggest our Roasted Tomato Sauce!)
  • 3 basil leaves
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Optional: Prepared pasta or rice


  1. Toss everything in a slow cooker and cook for 8 hours on low.
  2. Use a fork to tear the chicken, and serve alone, or over-prepared pasta or rice.

More Easy Garden Tomato Recipes

If you need more ways to use tomatoes, our Tomato Collection includes a number of recipes that will help you use, preserve, and enjoy your bounty, including:

Cherry Tomato Salad
Balsamic Bruschetta
Fresh Salsa
Salsa Seafood Soup
Roasted Tomato Sauce

What are your favorite ways to use tomatoes from your garden? I’d love to hear your recipes in the comments below. And if you try this recipe, let me know what you think!

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By Amanda MacArthur

Amanda MacArthur is Senior Editor & Producer for Food Gardening Network, where she is responsible for generating all Daily content and managing distribution across all web, email, and social media platforms. In her producer role, she is responsible for planning, editing, and deploying all video content for collections, magazine issues, and daily tips. Amanda manages a large food and herb garden at her home in western Massachusetts. As a best-selling cookbook author, Amanda cooks using ingredients from her outdoor gardens in the summer and from her indoor hydroponic garden in the winter.

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