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.


25 mins


8 hrs 25 mins




  • 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


    Step 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.

    Step 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.

    Step 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.

    Step 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

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups chicken with sauce and 1/2 cup polenta Per Serving: 448 calories; protein 38.3g; carbohydrates 38.5g; dietary fiber 5.4g; sugars 7.3g; fat 13.8g; saturated fat 3.6g; cholesterol 174.9mg; vitamin a iu 1802.4IU; vitamin c 69.8mg; folate 49.5mcg; calcium 89.2mg; iron 2.8mg; magnesium 52mg; potassium 708.2mg; sodium 665.6mg. Exchanges:

4 1/2 lean protein, 2 1/2 vegetable, 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat


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