Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Today’s recipe is an easy dish that brings lots of warmth, flavor, and comfort but with only 15 minutes prep. Italian chicken cacciatore usually uses a mix of chicken parts and is slowly simmered on the stove.  I like a healthy chicken cacciatore slow cooker approach. Making chicken cacciatore in the crock pot achieves the same tenderness and depth of flavor as the slow-simmer method, with less hassle.

Chicken cacciatore resembles a stew that is packed with vegetables, tomato sauce, and lots of yummy seasoning. I like to use skinless bone-in chicken thighs for the flavor and nutrition. You could also use boneless but decrease cook time. If you prefer chicken breasts, it will require more cook time. Use a meat thermometer to determine when the meat is 165 degrees F for a perfect time.  The best part is that despite it’s ease, it is special enough for the main course when entertaining friends. You can serve it over whole grain pasta, brown rice, polenta, cauliflower rice, or even roasted spaghetti squash.  A healthy meal that’s tasty and easy to make. You can’t beat that.



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Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Let’s make your home smell like autumn AND give you a tasty treat.  Today’s recipe is an extremely easy apple butter made in your slow cooker.  Put everything in and let it cook for hours.  The result is a yummy spread that can be used in so many ways this fall and winter. I like it best simply on homemade biscuits.  You can also spread it between layers of a cake. Use it as a condiment for pork chops or pork roast. It is fabulous to use on fall thumbprint cookies. Have a cheese tray with sharp cheddar and crackers and apple butter on the side at your next party. Yum! Read More