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Sunday Slow Cooker: Chicken Cacciatore

This morning I woke up thinking about this blog. That pretty much happens every day. Although blogging isn’t my full time job, it’s something I love, and I can’t wait to wake up and see if anyone visited the site, liked a recipe, left a comment, sent me an email. See comments for bloggers are like fuel – we love them. For me – they make me feel connected to you, they make it feel like were friends and I am not just typing into a machine, they bring a smile to my face since I know it takes time to share your thoughts. And I truly appreciate each time you take that time, I know it’s precious.

And this morning – wow! Who knew the thought of a slow cooker could get people so excited. Y’all spoke out loud and clear that Sunday Slow Cooker Meals were something you could get excited about. I’m glad because I’m excited about them too. I love a meal that lets me enjoy the day but still tastes like Sunday dinner should. And I am going to try my best to post Sunday Slow Cooker Suppers on Saturdays so that folks have time to get what they need for the next time. So here goes the first installment – tell me what ya think.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Servings: 12
Serving Size: about 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 210 calories, 6.2g of fat, 13g carbohydrates, 4g dietary fiber, 23.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 *

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 large white onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 celery stalks with leaves, chopped
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 12 oz can diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted)
  • 1 lb sliced mushrooms
  • 1 red or green peppers, chopped
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup red wine (or white wine or chicken broth)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Optional but recommended: 2 tbsp of capers and 1 cup sliced green or black olives

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients except the onions, celery, and chicken.
  2. Layer the onions and celery to the bottom of the slow cooker. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and layer on top of the onions and celery.
  3. Pour the sauce over the top of the chicken and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve over pasta, spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, brown rice, or quinoa. Tastes even better the next day and freezes well.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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7 Response to Sunday Slow Cooker: Chicken Cacciatore

  1. Esta on September 23, 2012

    I love your blog. Your hard work inspires me and I love going through your recipes. i save them and then use them. you are very appreciated.

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    • Kristen on September 24, 2012

      Thank you very much! I really appreciate the support :)

      Reply
  2. Liz on January 20, 2013

    Yum! I just found your blog and I’ve already saved a bunch of recipes :D Thanks for slow cooker recipes!! I am just about to start planning healthier meals, so simple wins :) Anything that can be frozen before or after cooking is a big winner! Which will help me to keep on track ;)
    Thanks for your hard work!

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  3. Sue on January 24, 2013

    I am just starting on WW Points Plus program and am so thrilled to have found your blog! You may not realize it, but you are going to be my “cooking inspiration!” Thank you so much for the time and effort you are putting into this…it is much appreciated!!!!!!

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    • Kristen on January 24, 2013

      Thanks so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment and share that. Makes my day.

      Reply
  4. Donna on March 9, 2014

    Can I use Breast meat instead of thighes (yuck) ?

    Reply
    • Kristen on March 10, 2014

      Definitely – just watch the cooking time to make sure they don’t get dry.

      Reply

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