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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
with spaghetti / lemony asparagus

Active: 30 minTotal: 7 hr 30 min
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Chicken Cacciatore is a rustic Italian dish that is hearty and satisfying served over spaghetti with simple pan-seared asparagus on the side. The slow cooker allows chicken thighs to get super tender while they cook in a flavorful tomato sauce.



Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore:
  • Onions, medium - 1, chopped
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1, chopped
  • Cheese, parmesan (opt) - 2 oz, grated
  • Garlic - 6 cloves, chopped
  • Tomatoes, crushed (28 oz / 794 g) - 1 can
  • Italian seasoning - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 1 lb
  • Pasta, spaghetti or linguini - 8 oz (sub any pasta shape)
Lemony Asparagus:
  • Cheese, parmesan (opt) - 1 oz, grated
  • Asparagus - 12 oz, trimmed
  • Pine nuts (opt) - 2 Tbsp (sub chopped walnuts or pecans)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Onions / Bell peppers - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Cheese (if using; for chicken and asparagus) - Grate cheese. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Slow cook chicken - Chop garlic. Combine garlic, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes (including liquid), Italian seasoning, salt, oregano and red pepper flakes in the bowl of a slow cooker. Nestle chicken thighs in the sauce. Cook chicken until tender and easily shredded with a fork, low for 7 to 8 hours (or high for 4 to 5 hours).
  4. Asparagus - Trim asparagus. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. While pasta cooks, heat a skillet or pan over medium heat. Toast pine nuts for 3 to 4 minutes, until fragrant. Set aside.
  3. Return pan to medium-high heat and add oil. Add asparagus and saute for 4 to 8 minutes, until tender but still crunchy. Season with some salt and transfer to a serving dish. Top with lemon juice and pine nuts.
  4. Taste chicken and sauce; season with some salt and pepper.
  5. Serve chicken and sauce over pasta with asparagus on the side. Top everything with grated cheese if you’d like. Enjoy!

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This meal has 48 reviews

Did the chicken in the instant pot using the directions from the FB group. Fast and fairly easy.

By: Lori
Posted: Jan 19, 2019
Diet: Original

Quick and easy. Zucchini noodles were great. Made spaghetti for the kids.

By: Emily
Posted: Jan 10, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Good quick busy weeknight made in crockpot in am. Added a bit of paste to thicken. Did not make the Asparagus. Likely will keep I’m crockpot rotation.

By: Jessie
Posted: Aug 31, 2018
Diet: Original

Late to this one, but it was delicious! We replaced the asparagus with green beans and the pine nuts with sliced almonds. I used one can of crushed fire roasted tomatoes and one crushed tomatoes with basil. Based on the reviews we also added a little Better Than Bouillonon and cornstarch slurry at the end, making a thicker, flavorful sauce. Will definitely be making again.

By: Lyndsey
Posted: Oct 03, 2017
Diet: Original

Flavor was a little bland and mostly tasted of peppers and onions. Next time I would use crushed tomatoes with basil, and add olives and mushrooms at the end.

By: Chloe
Posted: Sep 28, 2017
Diet: Original

Eh. Not my favorite. It was a bit bland

By: Liz
Posted: Sep 10, 2017
Diet: Original