Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore…A Healthy Weeknight Recipe From Sweet Basil

This slow cooker is perfect for those cool, busy fall nights. Del-i-cious! For a healthier version, simply brown the chicken in olive or sunflower oil. To make a complete meal, serve over spaghetti or mashed potatoes…Grilled asparagus compliments this well!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2-4 pounds meaty chicken pieces (breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks), skinned
  • tablespoons olive oil or sunflower oil
  • cups thinly sliced fresh cremini and/or button mushrooms
  • 2 large diced tomatoes, or 1 14 1/2  – ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped green sweet pepper (1 large)
  • cup chopped onion (1 large)
  • cup chopped carrots (2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (substitutes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • tablespoons snipped fresh basil
  • tablespoons snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place flour in a plastic bag. Add chicken pieces, a few at a time, shaking to coat. In an extra-large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, half at a time if necessary, in hot oil about 12 minutes or until browned, turning occasionally. Transfer chicken to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Add mushrooms to skillet; cook and stir over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to cooker. Add drained tomatoes, sweet pepper, onion, carrots, wine, salt, and pepper to mixture in cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Before serving, stir in basil, parsley, and thyme.

Enjoy!

Follow us, like us, share us. We are Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens on Facebook. Look for us on PinterestYoutubeInstagramGoogle+ and Twitter. We are a local Middle Georgia producer of farm fresh fruits and vegetables and members of the American Poultry Association, licensed by the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture as Poultry Dealers and Brokers, and a proud member of the Georgia Grown program, a division of the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture. We also breed, sell and ship poultry, pet pigs, bearded irises and much more. We have an 80 acre working farm, with great emphasis on all natural gardening and livestock management practices. An 1840’s general store is situated on our property, and serves as our on-site farmer’s market. We have a large vegetable and herb garden, fruit orchards and more. Conveniently located off of Interstate 75 near the Johnstonville Rd exit (#193). We are six miles west, located in Barnesville, Lamar County, Georgia.

Recipe post by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens, inspired by  Midwest Living. Photo courtesy ofFine Cooking. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.

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