Easy Slow Cooker Recipe
I am absolutely in LOVE with my slow cooker. When it comes to being an organized mom, nothing makes me feel more on top of things than heading off to work knowing that dinner is bubbling away at home. I have, on occasion, been known to yell, “Honey, I’m home!” to mine as I walk in the door.
Here is my absolute favorite slow cooker or crock pot recipe. I tell the kids it’s Chicken Cacciatore but I know it does stray from an authentic Cacciatore recipe. For me it delivers empty bowls, full tummies and often enough leftovers for another meal which ticks all the boxes for me.
My Chicken Cacciatore Slow Cooker Recipe
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 12 pieces of chicken (thighs or drumsticks), skin on, excess fat trimmed
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2-3 celery sticks, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 800g can chopped tomatoes
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tbs brown sugar
- 3/4 cup chicken stock
- Chopped fresh parsley, to garnish
- In a large frying pan, on medium heat, add the olive oil and fry the chicken pieces until they have a nice golden brown color. Toss them into the slow cooker.
- Add the onion, carrot and celery to the frying pan and cook until onion is transparent.
- Add the garlic and fry for a further few minutes.
- Pour the canned tomatoes, bay leaf, sugar and chicken stock and let it simmer away for about five minutes.
- Pour all of this into the slow cooker.
- You will need to check your slow cooker settings but I cook this on low for about 6-8 hours.
That’s it! I serve this on a bed of brown rice with the parsley sprinkled on top but it also works perfectly on mashed potato or white rice. You can also add whatever vegetables you like – peppers, mushrooms, squash etc.
I often have left over sauce which can be served the next night on spaghetti or pasta with cheese sprinkled on top or popped into the freezer for another night.