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Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Let hardy vegetables, tender chicken and aromatic spices mingle all day in your slow cooker, and come home salivating to the delicious smell of this lightened-up Italian classic!

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Nutritional Bonus: A generous helping of bell peppers and tomatoes in this cacciatore means just one serving contains 74% of your daily vitamin C. The immune-boosting vitamin is a powerful antioxidant, and may help protect your body from the harmful toxins associated with the metabolism of fat.

Servings
6
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
475 min
Duration
495 min

Ingredients

  • 6 4-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 cups frozen sliced mixed bell peppers
  • 10 oz sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1 26.46-oz carton chopped tomatoes (TRY: Pomi Chopped Tomatoes)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 tbsp low-sodium tomato paste
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 to 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 6 lb spaghetti squash (2 to 3 large squash), halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 6 tbsp grated low-fat Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped or whole fresh basil, optional

Preparation

  1. Sprinkle salt and black pepper on all sides of chicken, dividing evenly. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tsp oil on medium. Add one-third of chicken to skillet in a single layer and cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side, until lightly browned. Transfer to a 4- to 6-qt slow cooker. Working in batches, repeat with remaining 2 tsp oil and chicken.
  2. To slow cooker, add onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, vinegar, garlic, oregano and pepper flakes. Stir to combine and nestle rosemary on surface. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. Pierce squash skin with a fork. In a large pot, add 2 inches of water and 1 squash half, skin side up. Cover and boil for 2 minutes. Remove squash and transfer to a clean work surface. Repeat with remaining squash halves, refilling water as needed. With two forks, scrape stringy flesh from skin, separating into strands. Divide among serving dishes.
  4. Remove and discard rosemary from chicken mixture. Stir mixture and spoon over top of squash, dividing evening. Garnish with Parmesan and, if desired, basil.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 0
  • Carbohydrate Content 0 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 0 g
  • Fiber Content 0 g
  • Protein Content 0 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Sodium Content 0 mg
  • Sugar Content 0 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g