Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Polenta

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Polenta

5 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2019

This rustic stew cooks all day in the slow cooker so you can come home to a comforting, hot dinner. Not a fan of polenta? Try this healthy chicken dinner over pasta instead.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped red bell peppers
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, halved
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh oregano
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 4 pounds bone-in, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
  • 1 (28 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • ¼ cup drained capers
  • ¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 3 cups water
  • 1⅓ cups uncooked instant polenta
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup torn fresh basil


  • Prep

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  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, onion, mushrooms and ¼ teaspoon salt; cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown, about 8 minutes. Add flour, tomato paste, garlic, oregano and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in wine; cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits, for 30 seconds.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a 6-quart slow cooker. Stir in chicken, tomatoes, broth and capers. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours.
  3. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board; let cool for 5 minutes. Remove bones and return the meat to the slow cooker. Stir in olives and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Cover to keep warm.
  4. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in polenta; cook, stirring often, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan. Serve the chicken and sauce over the polenta, topped with basil.
  • Equipment: 6-qt. slow cooker

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1½ cups chicken with sauce and ½ cup polenta
  • Per serving: 448 calories; 14 g fat(4 g sat); 5 g fiber; 39 g carbohydrates; 38 g protein; 49 mcg folate; 175 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,802 IU vitamin A; 70 mg vitamin C; 89 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 666 mg sodium; 708 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (117% daily value), Vitamin A (36% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 4½ lean protein, 2½ vegetable, 1½ starch, ½ fat

Reviews 5

October 29, 2019
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By: gjheredia
Oh my! This is really delicious ,especially if you substitute the polenta (sorry eating well) for mashed butternut squash.
September 29, 2019
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By: FreshCilantro
This cacciatore is awesome! I save time by using pre-sliced mushrooms and boneless skinless chicken thighs. I also add a bit more salt for our household tastes. Turns out delicious every time!
February 07, 2019
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By: jessicolo
Added it to our regular dinner rotation! Could boneless thighs be used? If so, would you just decrease cook time?
January 27, 2019
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By: lzoo
Just wondering if this could be adapted to an instant pot?
January 24, 2019
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By: mixqueen
This was very good for slow cooker meal. I got it ready the night before and my chicken was frozen so had to keep the skin on. Also I didn’t want veggies over cooked so I put all veggies in slow cooker. It came out great
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