Slow Cooker Recipe from Cook Smarts (+ special deal on meal plans!)

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Slow Cooker Recipe from Cook Smarts (+ special deal on meal plans!) 4

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Quinoa

4.5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 15 mins
Print Recipe
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 oz tomato paste 1/2 cup
  • 1 can diced tomatoes drained
  • 1/2 cup white wine or red wine (optional)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken drumsticks (or other bone-in chicken, or 1 1/2 lbs. non-bone in chicken)
  • 2/3 cup quinoa uncooked (or 2 cups cooked)
  • 1/4 bunch parsley fresh, chopped
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges

Instructions
 

PREP

  • Garlic / Onions / Peppers - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  • Make sauce - Mix together Italian seasonings, salt, red pepper flakes, garlic, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, wine and chicken stock. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead.)
  • Chicken - Remove skin from chicken. Try using scissors if you have trouble getting the skin off. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  • Start slow cooking (~8 hours before) - Nestle chicken into bottom of slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. Layer in onions and peppers and then pour on the sauce. Slow cook on low for 8 to 9 hours, until chicken easily comes off the bone. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days before and then stored in the fridge in air-tight containers)

MAKE

  • Quinoa - Combine quinoa with 2x the amount of water in a saucepan. Add in a generous dash of salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  • Chop parsley and slice lemons. Enjoy your warm cacciatore sprinkled with parsley over quinoa. Serve with lemon wedges to add some brightness!

Notes

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 516 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 175mg58%
Sodium 949mg41%
Potassium 1356mg39%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 2020IU40%
Vitamin C 103.8mg126%
Calcium 115mg12%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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30 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Recipe from Cook Smarts (+ special deal on meal plans!)”

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. If you click on the highlighted words “produce prep cooking guide” above, it will take you to the prep instructions. :)

  1. If I use boneless chicken, do I still cook it for 8 hours in the crock pot? I don’t want it to get too dry. What do you recommend?

  2. I made this recipe and it was amazing! The quinoa was a different twist which made the dish more like cacciatore soup. I added a few extra garlic cloves and used water instead of stock. So flavorful!

  3. My wife made this, starting our 100 days but starting with 10 days. Good start, I could do this infinity if recipes are like this. Thanks!

  4. Just like with any recipe u can add or delete items, its all about ur taste. I made this to fit me, it was out of this world!

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