Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

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If you're a big fan of easy dinner ideas, then this Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore recipe is just the one for you. This recipe comes together really well as it is slow cooked all day using chicken, spices, and tomatoes. The chicken falls off the bone making it succulent and divinely garlicky. This Cacciatore recipe serves just about enough for everyone to eat and maybe even have leftovers for the next day. Since the slow cooker does most of the job, the prep work for this recipe is fairly less. Just toss all the ingredients in your slow cooker, and dinner will be ready at mealtime. Quick recipes like this one are a great meal option for busy weeknights. This recipe is also a great one to feed a large crowd not only because of the taste factor but also its easy on your budget with ingredients that don’t cost a bomb.

When working with chicken, it's important to practice safety methods of handling meat to prevent cross contamination. By handling meat the safe way, you can avoid 80 percent of food-borne illnesses. The only way to keep the bacteria out of your kitchen and surroundings is through proper means of cleaning your hands before and after handling food, especially meat. Always refrigerate or freeze meat for later use to prevent salmonella. Types of meat like chicken, pork, and seafood have to be cooked thoroughly to the right temperature and avoid consuming it at all cost even if it is slightly raw. Otherwise, it can result in food poisoning. If possible, try to use separate cutting boards for meat and produce as a means of hygiene and safety food handling.

In pasta recipes, you can always choose to opt for whole wheat or gluten free pasta to keep the calories lower. Try to substitute chicken breast in the place of chicken thighs for a healthy option. Chicken breast is also rich in protein with less fat content compared to chicken thighs. To retain the chicken flavor, you can boil the pasta in low-sodium chicken broth as opposed to salted water. If you are a vegan, you can use all veggies or maybe even add vegan meat. It is important to read the food labels to choose preservative-free foods especially canned goods like crushed tomatoes. In this recipe, you can also add Italian seasoning which is typically a blend of herbs like basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. You can also add sage and cilantro as well.

Thank you to Heidi at the Foodie Crush food blog for sharing this mouth-watering Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore recipe with us. For more easy dinner ideas and quick recipes do check out Heidi’s blog where she shares some of the best recipes from her kitchen. There is enough nutrition in this recipe from the chicken, veggies and other healthy seasonings added to this recipe. Dinner ideas with pasta are not only satisfying but also one of the quick recipes you can prepare for your family.

Nutrition Facts for: Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore From Foodie Crush
Ingredients: Bone-in skinless chicken thighs, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, olive oil, garlic cloves, yellow onion, canned crushed tomatoes, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, shiitake mushrooms, fresh thyme, bay leaves, fresh parsley.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 10 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 96, Calories from Fat 30, Total Fat 3.3g 5%, Saturated Fat 0.9g 5%, Cholesterol 38mg 13%, Sodium 155mg 6%, Potassium 219mg 6%, Carbohydrates 3.2g 1%, Dietary Fiber 0.8g 3%, Sugars 1.3g, Protein 13.4g, Vitamin A 9%, Vitamin C 41%, Calcium 2%, Iron 9%

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