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.

Meredith Butcher
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2019


Recipe Summary

25 mins
8 hrs 25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, onion, mushrooms and 1/4 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.

  • Transfer the mixture to a 6-quart slow cooker. Stir in chicken, tomatoes, broth and capers. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours.

  • 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 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover to keep warm.

  • 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 Facts

448 calories; protein 38.3g; carbohydrates 38.5g; dietary fiber 5.4g; sugars 7.3g; fat 13.8g; saturated fat 3.6g; cholesterol 174.9mg; vitamin a iu 1802.4IU; vitamin c 69.8mg; folate 49.5mcg; calcium 89.2mg; iron 2.8mg; magnesium 52mg; potassium 708.2mg; sodium 665.6mg.

Reviews (6)

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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
Added it to our regular dinner rotation! Could boneless thighs be used? If so would you just decrease cook time? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
TBH this was a huge let down. It smelled AWESOME in the skillet during step 1... And I followed the recipe perfectly... Added the chicken.... Cooked it on high for 6 hours... It looked amazing... Made the polenta... And piled it on... Took a bite and was like "Meh... It's just food"... What happened here? Slow cookers are supposed to be magical... All the ingredients are GOOD... Chicken is good.... What made this turn into a pile of "Hell no I don't want seconds"? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Just wondering if this could be adapted to an instant pot? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Oh my! This is really delicious especially if you substitute the polenta (sorry eating well) for mashed butternut squash. Read More