Cheesy Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Hello, my lovely readers! Just dropping a quick note to let you know my regular posting will resume on Monday, March 10th… after which I’ll be fat, tanned and totally refreshed from five days in the Caribbean. After all, this mama-to-be could really use a little mocktail and beach time before baby. Here’s hoping you enjoy a fabulous week and meet me back here for a luscious, lemony dessert next Monday! Feel free to peruse my Recipes page for lots of delicious inspiration in the meantime.

Well, I’m kicking my kitchen to the curb and trading my laptop for laps in the ocean this week! My Monday-through-Friday routine is getting a little shake up, and I couldn’t be more ready. Early this morning, hubby and I are setting off for Cancun with bags of swimsuits and sunscreen, and not a whole lot else.

On the agenda? Lazing around on the beach (and everywhere possible), dipping our toes in the warm Caribbean sand, sunset watching, trashy novel reading, and splashing around like fools in the turquoise water. Definitely not a bad way to spend a typical work week, I’d say!

Before we go, though, I wanted to leave you with one of my favorite weeknight meals. That is, one that we really love when we’re enjoying a typical weeknight!

Especially with the weather as chilly as it has been, I’ve been making hearty, flavor packed meals that warm you to the bone. This slow cooked chicken cacciatore with gooey mozzarella is a major favorite in my house! It’s saucy, scrumptious, and sensationally easy (with a little prep work)… perfect for coming home to after a long day at the office.

Served on a bed of warm pasta, egg noodles or rice, this meal is truly mouthwatering. Scoot a salad alongside, and you’ve got the perfect family dinner. The mozzarella is totally optional, of course, but if you love cheese nearly as much as we do… Well, it goes without saying that mozzarella makes the world go ‘round. And heaped on top of a hot plate of cacciatore, that ain’t no exception. Am I right?

Cheese it up, friends!

The beauty of cacciatore is all in the medley of veggies that make it so flavorful and good. Bubbling bell peppers, onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and garlic in a thick tomato sauce make for one amazing aroma! Tossed with tender chicken and seasonings, it’s just about the greatest thing since sliced bread. One hearty forkful, and I guarantee you’ll agree!

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do, and try it out for your family and friends sometime soon. I’ll see you back here next Monday with a fabulous dessert to kick start your springtime sweet tooth!

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Cheesy Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Yield: Makes 4-5 servings

Ingredients:

1 lb. (2-3) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 large rib celery, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup chicken broth
3 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water or chicken broth
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Hot cooked pasta, egg noodles or rice, for serving
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella

Directions:

To your slow cooker, add whole chicken breasts, bell peppers, onion, celery, carrot, mushrooms and garlic. Drain juice from diced tomatoes into a medium bowl; add tomatoes to the slow cooker.

To the bowl of tomato juice, add tomato paste, chicken broth, balsamic vinegar and Italian seasoning, whisking until well combined. Pour into slow cooker and stir mixture. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or high for 4 hours, until chicken and vegetables are tender. Remove chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Add back to slow cooker.

In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water together until no lumps remain. Pour into slow cooker and stir. Cover and cook another 10 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Serve cacciatore over hot cooked pasta, egg noodles or rice. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Enjoy!

Adapted from Veronica's Cornucopia

      

34 Responses to “Cheesy Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore”

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — March 3, 2014 @ 6:50 am

    Looks like the perfect comfort food Georgia! Enjoy our time basking in the sun before baby arrives!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — March 3, 2014 @ 6:53 am

    Have SO much fun, Georgia!!! Meanwhile I’ll be here craving this chicken!! Definitely going to try this one!

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    Julia — March 3, 2014 @ 7:32 am

    First off, HAVE FUN IN THE CARIBBEAN!!!! I’m so jealous! I need a vaycay BAD! Second off, I LOVE chicken cattiatore and love even more that this is made in a crock pot! Plus, on top of spiral noodles? Heeeeaven!

    Have a fun and safe trip!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 3, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    Have a BLAST in the Caribbean, Georgia. You certainly deserve this getaway!

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    Gaby — March 3, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

    Enjoy your trip! Love the cheesy goodness and that you made it in the crockpot!

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    Danae @ reciperunner — March 3, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

    I’m so jealous of your trip, sounds so relaxing! This cacciatore looks amazing and I love that you made it in the crockpot!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — March 3, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

    What a great comfort food!
    Try not to have too much fun in Caribbean, Georgia.

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    Ashley — March 3, 2014 @ 2:49 pm

    Oh my gosh, so jealous!! haha But seriously, have so much fun and enjoy every minute!! This dish looks awesome by the way – so comforting and cheesy and perfect for the dreary weather that we’re having today!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — March 3, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

    this sounds wonderful, georgia! enjoy your vacay!

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    Tieghan Gerard — March 3, 2014 @ 10:57 pm

    Have so much fun on your trip!!! Relax and enjoy the sunshine!

    And this meal is perfect! One for the whole family!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 4, 2014 @ 1:02 am

    Have a great trip! And this cacciatore – amazing! All that cheesy goodness needs to get in my belly now at 11PM!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — March 4, 2014 @ 4:47 am

    Have a wonderful time and get pampered all you can. It won’t happen again for oh, 18 years. :)

    I love this dish and all in the crockpot? That’s just wonderful in my book.

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    Joanne Bruno — March 4, 2014 @ 6:42 am

    SOOOO fun!!! Have an awesome time on your BabyMoon!

    And whoa to this cheesy comfort-filled dish. I want.

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    Kitchen Belleicious — March 4, 2014 @ 7:16 am

    mouth watering and perfect for weeknight dinners bc it is so good and so easy to throw together!

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    Bam's Kitchen — March 4, 2014 @ 7:34 am

    Have a super time on your holiday! Congrats little mama to be! This crockpot dinner is a super hearty one and cheesy delicious. Take Care, BAM

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    Andrea Campbell — March 4, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    I’m making it now! Looks delicious, and it’s a perfect recipe for this busy day!

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    Pam — March 4, 2014 @ 11:42 am

    Bookmarked! It looks and sounds delicious Georgia.

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    RavieNomNoms — March 4, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

    Beautiful!

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    Jaclyn — March 4, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

    This looks so amazingly delicious! I need to try this, I’ve never made chicken cacciatore – crazy I know.

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — March 4, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

    Enjoy your babymoon!!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 5, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    Oh. Holy. Yum. This looks hearty and flavorful. I love that it’s made easy in the slow cooker. Have a great time in Cancun. Dip your toes in the sand for me.

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — March 5, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    What a lovely dish to leave us with while you are gone. This looks just totally luscious and comforting. I’m always looking for good Crock-Pot meals and this looks like a winner. I hope you are enjoying your vacation!

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    John@Kitchen Riffs — March 5, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

    Have a great trip! And thanks for leaving us with this wonderful dish so we won’t go hungry while you’re gone. Enjoy yourself, and we’ll be awaiting your return.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 5, 2014 @ 9:55 pm

    This looks amazing, Georgia! I hope you have a great vacay!

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    eat good 4 life — March 6, 2014 @ 9:33 am

    This looks the bomb. I am so pinning this and making soon. What a great idea. Thanks :-)

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    Aggie — March 6, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

    Such comfort food! This looks delicious! I’m always looking for something new for the crock pot

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    Choc Chip Uru — March 7, 2014 @ 1:23 am

    Such incredible comfort food, nice work my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Ramona — March 8, 2014 @ 5:22 pm

    Hope you are having a blast on your vacation… I could use this wonderful crockpot chicken cacciatore to give my stove a vacation. :)

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — March 9, 2014 @ 11:23 pm

    Assuming you’re back from your vacation already… HOW WAS IT?! It won’t be easy to travel with the kids (but actually it’s a lot easier to travel with a baby than a toddler!), so I hope you had a super relaxing holiday! I love chicken cacciatore ever since I ate for the first time. It’s a comfort food for me but mine is not deliciously cheesy like yours. I need to try your version next time! Welcome back!

    • Georgia — March 10th, 2014 @ 8:35 am

      Hey Nami, thanks for your sweet comment! Our vacation was great, thanks!! So glad we got a getaway in before baby, but I see this little one coming along on our adventures in the future! It was incredibly relaxing but I’m happy to be home. I posted an update today!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — March 16, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

    So awesome that you had the chance to go on a little getaway! And I’m happy you enjoyed it (I read the comments ;))

    And this is gorgeous! I’ve never had this dish so I’ll have to give it a try!

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    Josie — March 24, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    Mmmm this looks awesome. Even the best dinners are made better with cheese, aren’t they? ;) Hope you had a wonderful and relaxing trip!

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    Becky — April 2, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    I made this last night, and it was delicious! I especially liked that the colors of the vegetables stayed true and kept a good texture (which isn’t always the case with crockpot meals)! We served it over egg noddles and sopped up some of the juices with homemade rolls!

    Thanks for a winner!

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    SCV — November 10, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

    Linked to your recipe through Pinterest. It is simmering in my crockpot as I type and it smells delish!!! I used frozen green peppers and onions, pre-shedded carrots and chicken bouillon cubes because that’s what I had on hand. About to boil up some egg noodles now. Thanks!

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