Classic Slow-Cooked Chicken Cacciatore


A Slow Cooker Meal Using Foods from Your Dehydrated Pantry


This classic Italian dish must have hundreds of versions; all resulting in a rustic braise of tender chicken and aromatic vegetables cooked in a yummy Italian tomato sauce. It is often called “hunter style” because the word cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian. The story is that if a hunter came home empty-handed, his wife would kill a chicken for the meal instead.

Regardless of its name, a classic Chicken Cacciatore is nice to come home to at night. The smell of this wonderful dinner simmering in your crock pot is great comfort food. We love it served over angel hair pasta.

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You can make up these dry ingredients ahead of time and store in a quart-sized Mason jar or vacuum sealed pouch in your pantry for those days when life is crazy.

chicken-cacciatore2Ingredients
1/4 cup tomato powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried garlic, minced
1 teaspoon celery salt or celery powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup dried tomatoes, diced
1 cup dried onions sliced
1/2 cup dried green peppers, sliced
1/4 cup dried mushrooms, sliced
1 bay leaf

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a quart-sized Mason jar or Food Saver-type pouch in the order listed.
    Tip: To cut the amount of air in a jar and fit more into it, shake the jar (with the lid on) and press the food down gently. if necessary. You’ll be surprised how much will actually fit into the jars.
  2. Label and date jar for storage. Add the Recipe to the label for further convenience.
  3. Vacuum Seal jar or pouch.

Storage: Pantry stable for up to 1 year if stored properly. Store in a cool, dry place. You may also re-seal product in a Mylar bag for extended storage, up to 2 years. If you do not vacuum seal, shelf life is 6 months.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

chicken-cacciatore3Ingredients
1 Chicken Cacciatore Pantry Pack
3 cups hot water
1/2 cup white wine (or water)
1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up and skin removed
Hot cooked pasta or rice
Freshly grated Italian cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. Place Pantry Pack and water in a 5-quart slow cooker. Stir thoroughly to mix all ingredients with water.
  2. Add the chicken and white wine. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is tender. Discard bay leaf.
  3. Serve chicken with sauce over pasta or rice. Top each plate with freshly grated cheese if you choose. Makes: 6 servings.

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