Chicken Cacciatore with juicy chicken thighs cooked in a flavorful sauce. Don’t worry about dirtying another pot, the spaghetti cooks right in the slow cooker with the chicken!
I mean seriously…how can it get any easier?!
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Hubby and I eat a lot of Italian food. Like…a lot! We probably have it at least once a week, if not more.
I love it as a way to sneak in some mushrooms and a pile of cheese!
And what’s not to love? It’s a quick and easy go-to dinner.
But we almost always have meat sauce or meatballs or sausage.
This time I felt like some chicken.
I use boneless skinless thighs for this chicken cacciatore recipe because they have more flavor, imo. But if you like breasts or a mix better, by all means use that.
Now, I know that cacciatore traditionally is cooked with bone-in chicken and you can go that route if you like.
But you’ll have to remove the skin before cooking, add an extra hour or two to the cooking time, and then remove it from the bones later.
And, honestly, the flavor payoff just isn’t that much better for all of that work!
I did take a few extra minutes to trim some of the fat.
That said…let’s get this chicken cacciatore going!
Start by spraying your slow cooker with cooking spray or use a liner.
Then throw in the first 10 ingredients, up to the mushrooms. Fyi, the crushed tomatoes are hinding under the mushrooms. Those are baby bellas, btw. I love the earthy flavor. Button mushrooms are great, too!
Give it a really good stir. You don’t want any clumps of tomato paste.
Next, add the chicken thighs and push them to the bottom so that they’re covered.
Then pop on the lid and cook the chicken on low for 6 hours.
Don’t they look yummy? Ok, I know you can’t see them but trust me, they’re in there.
Remove the chicken from the slow cooker, cut it up into bite sized pieces, and return it to the slow cooker.
Finally, add the olive oil and spaghetti. Don’t forget to break it in half. And be careful when you do, it flies all over!
Push it under the sauce.
Cover and kick your slow cooker up to high for 20-30 minutes or until the pasta is done.
Serve your chicken cacciatore with some fresh basil and lots and lots of Parmesan cheese!
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