Italian Chicken Dinner Recipe

Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore From Broiler, Slow Cooker To Dinner.  Nothing Is Better Than A Comfort Meal Like this.

This Italian chicken dinner recipe is perfect for busy parents and slow cooker fans. This is a super easy meal to make at home.

Classic Italian chicken dinner recipe is made in a super easy way.  No chopping, no babysitting.  A full blown meal can be this easy.


Total Time:
3 Hours 20 Minutes
Prep Time
: 10 Minutes  

Inactive Cook Time: 3 Hours 10 Minutes
Serving: 4






I am a timer person.  I always use timer to help me to get tasks done, especially at home.  For busy parents, you know what I mean.  As much as I love to cook, there were times that standing in front of the stove top is not an option.  But at the same time, I needed to get dinner ready.

You may have already realized that I use my oven a lot.  It is mainly because I can pop a tray of food in, set the timer and walk away to complete other tasks at home.  Therefore, this Italian chicken dinner recipe was born based on that same principle.


CHEF NOTES

I use boneless skinless chicken thighs for couple reasons.  1) This cut of meat has a good balance of fat.  Unlike boneless skinless chicken breasts that it will turn into "sandpaper" when it is cooked in a slow cooker.  2) It takes less time to cook because it is boneless.

The most time consuming part is most likely to trim away the fat from the chicken.  I found that it really depends on where you purchase the meat.  Some stores charge a little bit more for their meat which had already got the trimming part taken care of for you.  Otherwise, you need to do it yourself which can take up to 10 minutes for trimming a pound of chicken.  If you don't mind that excess fat attached to the meat, just go ahead and start cooking.

Tomato is not on the Keto-friendly ingredient list.  But if you are off from the strict diet and try to incorporate some healthy carbs on a regular basis, this is one of the recipes you should keep.

You can serve this along with mashed potatoes, rice and/or pasta for feeding a bigger crowd.  I personally prefer to enjoy it as is.


This Italian chicken dinner recipe is perfect for busy parents and slow cooker fans. This is a super easy recipe to make at home.


Italian Chicken Dinner Recipe and Instructions

Ingredients
2 pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (fat trimmed and discard)
1 can (28oz) Diced Tomatoes with Juice
2 tbsp Tomato Paste
2 bags (1lb each) Frozen Pepper and Onion (a.k.a. Stir-fry Mix)
1 tbsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
2 tsp Italian Seasoning
2tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Dry Bay Leaves
1 tbsp Garlic (minced)
Salt and Pepper to taste

  1. Combine 2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tbsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper in a mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk in 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil until the mixture is thick like paste.
  3. Add chicken into the bowl and marinade it overnight.
  4. On the day of cooking, take out chicken to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Combine these ingredients in a slow cooker, diced tomatoes with juice, tomato paste and bay leaf. 
  6. Preheat a broiler at high heat.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup later.
  7. Single layer chicken thighs on baking sheet and brown meat under the broiler for 5-8 minutes.
  8. Turn meat over and broil again for another 5 minutes.
  9. Nestle chicken into the tomato mixture in the slow cooker and pour in the juice from the baking sheet.
  10. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.
  11. Add garlic and frozen pepper and onion.  Cover and cook for another hour.
  12. Salt and pepper to taste; discard bay leaves and serve immediately.


Italian Chicken Dinner Recipe Steps with Photos

Italian Chicken Dinner Recipe | Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore - Combine Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper in a mixing bowl.Combine Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper in a mixing bowl.
Italian Chicken Dinner Recipe | Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore - Whisk in extra virgin olive oil until the mixture is thick like paste.Whisk in extra virgin olive oil until the mixture is thick like paste.
Italian Chicken Dinner Recipe | Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore - Add marinade into chicken.Add marinade into chicken.
Italian Chicken Dinner Recipe | Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore - Mix until well coated.  Chill in the fridge overnight.Mix until well coated. Chill in the fridge overnight.
Italian Chicken Dinner Recipe | Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore - Single layer chicken on a foil lined baking sheet.Single layer chicken on a foil lined baking sheet.
Italian Chicken Dinner Recipe | Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore - Brown chicken under the broiler.Brown chicken under the broiler.
Italian Chicken Dinner Recipe | Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore - Add diced tomatoes with juice into a slow cooker.Add diced tomatoes with juice into a slow cooker.
Italian Chicken Dinner Recipe | Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore - Add tomato paste and dry bay leaves.Add tomato paste and dry bay leaves.
Italian Chicken Dinner Recipe | Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore - Nestle chicken into the tomato mixture in the slow cooker and cook on high heat for 2 hours.Nestle chicken into the tomato mixture in the slow cooker and cook on high heat for 2 hours.
Italian Chicken Dinner Recipe | Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore - Add garlic and frozen pepper and onion.  Cover and cook for another hour.Add garlic and frozen pepper and onion. Cover and cook for another hour.
Italian Chicken Dinner Recipe | Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore - Salt and pepper to taste; discard bay leaves and serve immediately.Salt and pepper to taste; discard bay leaves and serve immediately.


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