Chicken Cacciatore... the Slow Cooker Way
Recipe from Judy Dodd. Serves 4. Prep time: 10 minutes.
Cooking Time: Varies depending on use of crock pot or range-top/oven
Olive Oil Spray
6-8 pieces chicken, legs, thighs, breast halves, skin removed
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced onions
3/4 cup green or red bell pepper, cut into chunks
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups tomato sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed or 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed or 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped
2 tablespoons flour mixed with 1/4 cup water
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Cooked whole grain pasta
Spray a skillet with cooking oil spray. Lightly sauté the chicken, mushrooms, onions and pepper. Add garlic and continue to cook 1 minute.
Transfer ingredients to a 3 1/2 - 4 quart slow cooker. Add tomatoes and seasonings. Cover and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours.
Just before serving, remove the chicken and vegetables. Mix 2 tablespoons flour with 1/4 cup water. Stir into the sauce in the slow cooker. Increase to high and cook for 8 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.
Combine sauce with the chicken and vegetables and serve over hot pasta. Sprinkle with cheese.
NOTE: this can be simmered on top of the range in a covered deep skillet or in the oven (350 degrees). Cooking time will be about one hour.