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Savory Slow-Cooked Chicken Cacciatore

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2011
I am not a big fan of the slow cooker for most things but in an effort to have Cacciatore on a weeknight I gave this a try. The best thing I can say is that the chicken was well cooked. The sauce, for all it's ingredients, was almost flavorless and seemed under seasoned. My conclusions are as follows: 1st and foremost, Chicken Cacciatore requires browned chicken. In this recipe the skin is removed to avoid all the fat that would render during the 7 hrs in the pot. The browning of skin gives a depth of flavor that is sorely missing. 2nd, I think the garlic, onions, peppers and mushrooms need to be sauted. Again, to get the flavors needed for a good Cacciatore. The garlic and onions especially suffer from the lack of being properly sauted. If I were to attempt this recipe again I would spend 15 minutes browning these items before putting them in the pot. I have used this method with other recipes and had results far superior to this recipe. I would not make this again without significant adjustments.
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