Friday, November 11, 2011

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Recipe from: Family Feasts for $75 a Week by Mary Ostyn

1 large onion, thinly sliced
3 to 4 pounds bone-in chicken thighs (I didn't have these, so I used boneless chicken breast)
Two 6-ounce cans tomato paste
Two 4-ounce cans sliced mushrooms (we don't like mushrooms, so I left these out)
1 green bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon celery powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

1. Layer onion over bottom of a 4 to 6 quart slow cooker. Add chicken pieces to cooker. Combine next 12 ingredients and red pepper, if using. Pour over chicken in cooker. Cover and cook on Low 7 to 9 hours or on High 3 or 4 hours.
2. Serve over pasta or rice.

The verdict: REALLY good! Brandon really liked this a lot - said it reminded him a little of mole - which is one of his favorites! :) It had a good amount of heat, and flavor - but not overwhelming - it had a touch of sweetness, but it wasn't too sweet! Very dark and earthy tasting - but really really good!! I will make this again for sure!! (I served it with pasta)

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