Chicken Cacciatore

  • 15MINS
  • 4HR
  • 419KCAL

This is our slimming friendly, Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore version of the famous Italian classic dish – perfect if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories419
  • Carbs15g
  • Protein18g
  • Fat10g
  • Saturates3g
  • Sugars9g

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This slow cooker Chicken Cacciatore is our slimming friendly take on the classic, Italian dish and is perfect if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

‘Cacciatore’ literally translates to ‘hunter’ in Italian, so this could probably be considered the original ‘Hunter’s Chicken’ recipe! Our Cacciatore Chicken is the perfect comfort food for those cold, dark winter evenings and can be served with such a wide range of accompaniments – whatever takes your fancy.

This recipe makes enough for 6 portions and it couldn’t be simpler – just throw everything into the slow cooker and let it do it’s thing! It tastes just as good the next day for lunch and can also be frozen for those days when you’re a bit short on time.

What diets is this Chicken Cacciatore suitable for?

This Chicken Cacciatore recipe is suitable for dairy free diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Chicken stock cube

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chicken Cacciatore recipe?

  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Chicken Cacciatore recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Chicken Cacciatore recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 2 Points per portion of this Chicken Cacciatore recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Chicken Cacciatore?

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How many calories are in this Chicken Cacciatore?

There are 419 calories per portion in this Chicken Cacciatore, which means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Chicken Cacciatore is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Remove the skin from the chicken.

Step 2

If you’re using an Instant Pot set to sauté and spray with a decent amount of low calorie cooking spray. If you’re using a regular slow cooker spray a frying pan with some low calorie cooking spray.

Step 3

Add the chopped onion and garlic to the pot and cook for 5 minutes, or until the onions start to soften. If you’re using a regular slow cooker sauté the onion and garlic in a frying pan. Then tip them into the slow cooker.

Step 4

Add the sliced peppers, sliced carrots, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and red wine vinegar. Stir well.

Step 5

Dissolve the stock cube in a little hot water, then add that to the slow cooker.

Step 6

Add the thyme, parsley, basil, oregano and balsamic vinegar. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper.

Step 7

Stir, then add the chicken portions.

Step 8

Cook for 4 hours on medium or 6-8 hours on low.

Step 9

30-60 minutes or so before the end of cooking time throw in the mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, stir.

Step 10

When the vegetables are soft and the chicken is cooked through and it falls off the bone, check the seasoning. Add some more salt and pepper if necessary.

Step 11

Serve with whatever takes your fancy. Pasta, mash, wedges or just plenty of veg!

What could I serve with this Chicken Cacciatore?

This Chicken Cacciatore works really well with just about any accompaniment that you can think of, but we think it’s perfect with any of the following:

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How do you know when this Chicken Cacciatore is cooked?

You’ll need to cook this Chicken Cacciatore for 4 hours on medium or 6-8 hours on low or until the vegetables are cooked through and the chicken falls off the bone

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Chicken Cacciatore in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Chicken Cacciatore in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Chicken Cacciatore?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Chicken Cacciatore?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Chicken Cacciatore

This is our slimming friendly, Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore version of the famous Italian classic dish – perfect if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    4 HR
  • KCals 419
  • Carbs 15G
WW Points
  • 2 Green
  • 2 Blue
  • 2 Purple

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 1 medium brown onion diced
  • 2 peppers red, green or yellow - or a mixture!
  • 12 mushrooms cut in half
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 large carrots sliced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 handful fresh basil chopped
  • 1 handful fresh parsley chopped
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 150 g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

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Instructions

  1. Remove the skin from the chicken.
  2. If you're using an Instant Pot, set to Sauté and spray with a decent amount of low calorie cooking spray. If you're using a regular slow cooker, spray a frying pan with some low calorie cooking spray.
  3. Add the chopped onion and garlic to the pot and cook for 5 minutes, or until the onions start to soften. If you're using a regular slow cooker, sauté the onion and garlic in a frying pan. Then tip them into the slow cooker.
  4. Add the sliced peppers, sliced carrots, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and red wine vinegar. Stir well.
  5. Dissolve the stock cube in a little hot water, then add that to the slow cooker.
  6. Add the thyme, parsley, basil, oregano and balsamic vinegar. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper.
  7. Stir, then add the chicken portions.
  8. Cook for 4 hours on medium or 6-8 hours on low.
  9. 30-60 minutes or so before the end of cooking time, throw in the mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, stir.
  10. When the vegetables are soft and the chicken is cooked through and it falls off the bone, check the seasoning. Add some more salt and pepper if necessary.
  11. Serve with whatever takes your fancy. Pasta, mash, wedges, or just plenty of veg!

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Gemma SimmonsTuesday 29th January 2019

Mine seems very watery…is it supposed to be? How would I thicken it

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KerryThursday 3rd January 2019

I have no redwine vinegar ???? could i reace it with something else

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