Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore w Cauliflower Rice

Chicken cacciatore in the slow cooker is easy, cheap and delicious.  I made this for my mom and niece and it was a hit!  They scarfed all of it!  Depending on your slow cooker, this dish will take about 6-8 hours to cook so you will need to plan ahead but I promise you will be so glad you did.  You could eat this plain or serve it over mashed potatoes or cauliflower rice.  It's sure to be a favorite!

Comfort food at its finest!

Ingredients for Chicken Cacciatore:
1 package whole chicken legs (drums and thighs), bone in but remove skin (about 5 of them)
1 large can whole plum tomatoes with their juice (check labels; you want no added sugar)
8oz sliced mushrooms (I used baby bellas but buttons will work nicely too)
1 yellow or sweet onion, sliced
2tsp Italian seasoning
1/2tsp rosemary
2tsp minced garlic
1tsp garlic powder
1/2tsp oregano
2tbs balsamic vinegar
1/3c white wine (choose one you like to drink!)
3tbs tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for Cauliflower Rice:
1 head cauliflower
1tbs butter
salt to taste

1. In a large bowl, pour out canned tomatoes.  Break them up with a spoon.  Then mix in mushrooms, onion slices, seasonings, vinegar, and wine.  Stir well.
2. Place chicken in the bottom of a large slow cooker in a single layer (do the best you can mine overlapped a bit).  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3. Pour your veggie sauce mixture over the chicken.
4. Cover the slow cooker and turn on low for 6-8 hours (chicken will be falling off the bone tender when done).
5. When chicken is done, pour all of the liquid into a large saute pan, whisk in tomato paste, and boil over the stove for about 10 minutes or until reduced and nicely flavored.  Salt until desired flavor is reached (I adjust the spices here too).  Keep your chicken in the crock pot with the lid on, turned off, for now to keep warm.
6. While the sauce is boiling, make your "rice": Cut the cauliflower into large chunks.  Place them in a food processor and pulse until it resembles rice.  Place the "rice" in a large glass bowl with a lid and microwave for 5 minutes (do not add water).  When done, add a pat of butter and a bit of salt and stir.  Viola!  Rice is made.
7. To serve, add a cup of "rice" to the bottom of a pasta dish.  Add a whole chicken leg and some veggies on top.  Ladle some sauce over the whole dish and enjoy!


  1. You are SO welcome! Thank you for trying some of my recipes :) Slow cooker meals are the best (and easiest!)