Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore {Easy & Freezer Friendly}

crockpot chicken cacciatore

Don’t you just love using your crockpot? It’s great for this hearty Italian chicken stew called chicken cacciatore. This crockpot chicken cacciatore recipe is not only an easy recipe for your crockpot but it if you have any leftovers it is also a great freezer meal. Simply freeze your leftovers and you can defrost them later and serve over spaghetti or linguini!

I usually always have chicken and spaghetti sauce on hand so not only is it great for the crockpot but no special ingredients are required. So, if you’re looking at your crockpot and wondering what to make, give this recipe a try!

What type of chicken should you use in this recipe?

You can use chicken breast or chicken thighs for this recipe. I find that when using a crockpot, chicken thighs tend to more juicy. Feel free to use whichever you happen to have on hand.

How do I freeze this recipe?

If you want to freeze any leftovers, simply let them cool and then freeze the sauce with two tablespoons of tomato paste in a large freezer safe zip lock bag. You’ll want to add the tomato paste because defrosting will cause the leftovers to become watery. Defrost and then reheat in a microwave safe dish or you can also reheat in a large pot on the stove-top. I don’t recommend freezing any leftover pasta, instead make fresh pasta when you reheat this freezer friendly chicken cacciatore.

What ingredients do I need to make this recipe?

To make this crockpot chicken cacciatore, you’ll need:

  • Chicken breast or thighs
  • Olive oil
  • Chunky vegetable tomato sauce
  • Zucchini chopped
  • Red onion
  • Yellow bell pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Italian blend seasoning
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tomato paste (only needed if freezing leftovers)

How do I make this chicken cacciatore in the slow cooker?

To make this recipe, begin by gathering and measuring your ingredients. You’ll need:

  • 1 lb cubed chicken breast or thighs
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 jars chunky vegetable tomato sauce
  • 1 zucchini chopped into small pieces
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 can can of mushrooms (about 4 ounces) drained
  • 1 tbsp Italian blend seasoning
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Next, spray your crockpot with non-stick spray. Next, add the chicken (you can use cubed breast or thighs) and olive oil. Add the garlic, zucchini, red onion, yellow bell pepper, mushrooms, and tomato sauce. Next, add the Italian blend seasoning and salt and pepper. Cook on low for six to eight hours or on high for four hours. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve over linguini or spaghetti noodles and top with Parmesan cheese.

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

This crockpot chicken cacciatore is such a tasty recipe. Let your slow cooker do all the work with this recipe. Leftovers also freeze wonderfully!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword crockpot chicken cacciatore
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 6
Author Two Pink Peonies

Equipment

  • Crockpot

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cubed chicken breast or thighs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 jars chunky vegetable tomato sauce
  • 1 zucchini chopped into small pieces
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 can can of mushrooms (about 4 ounces) drained
  • 1 tbsp Italian blend seasoning
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Begin by spraying your crockpot with non-stick spray.
  • Next, add the chicken (you can use cubed breast or thighs) and olive oil.
  • Add the garlic, zucchini, red onion, yellow bell pepper, mushrooms, and tomato sauce.
  • Next, add the Italian blend seasoning and salt and pepper.
  • Cook on low for six to eight hours or on high for four hours.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and serve over linguini or spaghetti noodles and top with Parmesan cheese.

To freeze for later

  • To freeze the sauce, add two heaping tablespoons of tomato paste and mix well.
  • Let cool and then freeze flat in a freezer safe container or freezer bag.
  • To serve from frozen, defrost and heat on a stove top or heat in the microwave in a microwave safe dish.

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