Slow-Cooker “Chicken” Cacciatore with Spaghetti

I was wondering how this would be with a chicken substitute, and can I say that it was AWESOME?! I didn’t even pan-fry the Quorn Tenders I used, I just put them in the slow cooker frozen. We all LOVED this dish, and my husband said it’s one of the best things I have EVER made. This was super easy, made the house smell great, and pleased everyone. Holla!

rating: 9.8

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti
(Southern Living, Jan. 2015)

serves 6-8

Ingredients:

6 garlic cloves, minced
2 green bell peppers, chopped
2 red bell peppers, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 (8-oz.) package sliced cremini mushrooms
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper- I omitted
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup white wine
1 (28-oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained- I used plain diced tomatoes
2 skinned, bone-in chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lb.) – I used 1 bag of Quorn Tenders
2 skinned, bone-in chicken leg quarters (about 1 1/2 lb.)- omitted
1 (16-oz.) box spaghetti
1 1/2 cups pitted kalamata olives, halved
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
Garnishes: fresh basil, fresh parsley, shaved fresh Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. Place first 5 ingredients in a 6-qt. slow cooker; stir in salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper. Whisk together tomato paste and wine, and add to slow cooker. Add drained tomatoes and chicken. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours.

2. Uncover and carefully remove chicken from slow cooker, using tongs. Increase slow cooker temperature to HIGH. Cover and cook tomato mixture 30 more minutes or until sauce thickens to desired consistency.

3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Remove chicken meat from bones; discard bones. Shred meat. Stir olives and next 2 ingredients into sauce. Serve immediately over spaghetti.

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