This week’s post is by Christine Luken.
I absolutely adore pasta dishes, but my favorite by far is Chicken Cacciatore. It’s not something that’s easily found in restaurants in the Greater Cincinnati area. In fact, there’s only one place in town that I know of that carries this delightful Italian dish. My family is originally from upstate New York, which is rich in Italian heritage. You can always find great pizza and usually cacciatore at most of the local family-owned restaurants in that part of the country.
So, I’ve been on a quest most of my adult life to recreate the awesome Chicken Cacciatore I used to eat so often growing up. And I have finally come up with the perfect recipe, made in the crock pot. Chicken Cacciatore is usually made with tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers. My hubby’s not a huge pepper fan, so I subbed in artichokes which we both love! So, if you’d rather have the peppers, then omit the artichokes and add in one chopped bell pepper instead.
And I am excited that I’ve discovered a gluten-free pasta that tastes amazing and doesn’t get sticky or clumpy. I found it at my new favorite store, Aldi! Their “Live G-Free” brand is very reasonably priced and everything I’ve tried from the line so far has been good. (My hubby especially likes the Live G-Free chocolate chip cookie mix.) If you’re keeping an eye on your carb intake, mix half past and half zucchini noodles, which is what I usually do with my pasta dishes. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore
- 1 – 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
- 2 – 14 oz. cans of diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 – 14 oz. can of artichokes, drained and roughly chopped
- 8 oz. fresh baby bella mushrooms, washed and sliced
- 1 small onion, sliced (optional)
- 2 Tbs. red wine
- 1 Chicken bouillon cube
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
- 3 frozen boneless chicken breasts
- Pinch of sea salt
Place all ingredients in the crock pot and stir to combine. Cook 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low. Serve over pasta or zucchini noodles. Pairs well with a nice Merlot or Cabernet!