Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Polenta


  • 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
  • 1⅓ cups uncooked instant polenta
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup torn fresh basil


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, onion, mushrooms and ¼ 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.
  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.
  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 ¼ teaspoon salt. Cover to keep warm.
  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.

Nutrition Facts:

448 calories; 14 g fat(4 g sat); 5 g fiber; 39 g carbohydrates; 38 g protein; 49 mcg folate; 175 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,802 IU vitamin A; 70 mg vitamin C; 89 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 666 mg sodium; 708 mg potassium


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