Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Polenta


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.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Polenta
Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 25 mins
8 servings


  • 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

  • 1 ⅓ cups uncooked instant polenta

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup torn fresh basil


  1. 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.

  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 1/4 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 Facts (per serving)

448 Calories
14g Fat
39g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 448
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 38g 77%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 175mg 58%
Vitamin A 1802IU 36%
Vitamin C 70mg 78%
Folate 50mcg 12%
Sodium 666mg 29%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 3mg 16%
Magnesium 52mg 12%
Potassium 708mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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