Recipe by Campbell's Kitchen
"The only thing better than coming home after a long day is having a delicious dinner waiting for you. In the morning, put the ingredients in the slow cooker . . . and you'll come home to this comforting and flavorful topper for cooked pasta."
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chicken parts, skin removed
Italian seasoning, crushed
1 (28 ounce) can
crushed tomatoes in puree
mushrooms, cut in half
green pepper, cut into 2-inch-long strips
1 1/2 cups
Swanson® Chicken Stock
1 (16 ounce) package
pappardelle pasta or fettuccine, cooked and drained
This was excellent. I had some misgivings when I put it in the crockpot this morning because it didn't seem like it had enough liquid to cover the chicken, so I actually added just 3 chicken thighs, about half of what the recipe called for. I used 1/2 C chicken broth, 1/2C white wine. I only used 1 onion. When I served it, it was very liquidy and I realized too late I had forgotten the cornstarch mixture, which I think must be essential. I also didn't brown the chicken, and I put it in the crockpot frozen. I cooked on low for 10 hours until I got home from work.
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.
I was disappointed with this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly and the flavor came out rather bland. My husband and I agreed that it seemed to be missing several elements that would have added more flavor. The chicken did turn out very moist though, so the cooking method still seems good.
Even my pickiest eater loved this. Will be making it again. Thinking about adding some white wine in the sauce next time for an added zip.
I really hate to rate this so low, but I followed this recipe to the letter, and I did not love it...nor like it. In fact, after tasting the sauce over and over, hoping somehow it would magically taste better with more cooking time, I finally doctored it up as best I could...trying to make it somewhat palatable. With no luck there, I threw all the sauce out, put the cooked chicken in a pot and threw Ragu on it. I cooked the pasta and served the Ragu and chicken over it. So all wasn't lost and we did wind up having a fairly nice meal after all.
This was a good basic recipe. I made the following modifications. I seasoned the chicken breasts with garlic powder, salt and pepper then browned it in olive oil/butter. I added the chopped onions to the skillet and cooked until tender. I made in the sauce in the crockpot as instructed but added 2 low salt chicken bouillion cubes and some red pepper flakes. I didn't add the peppers and mushroms until half of the cooking was done.
This was absolutely delicious!!!! I sprinkled grated cheese on top which aded to the alread delicious meal.
This was horrible. -.- I'll never take shortcuts with cacciatore ever again.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Savory Slow-Cooked Chicken Cacciatore
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 113
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