Slow Cooked Chicken Italian

Chicken thighs, italian herbs, slow cooker, crock pot, easy, quick, family meal,

The longer you own a piece of equipment the better your understanding of it grows and that is very true of my slow cooker. For a long time I took it as gospel that I had to follow the manufacturer’s instructions about only ever putting hot liquids and foods in my slow cooker and then as I started to read other blogs on the internet I realised that this was not a fact set in stone! Indeed all the preparation I was doing heating everything up beforehand was really taking away the whole idea of it being a labour saving gadget. So last week I threw away my slow cooker instruction manual and decided to go cold turkey, well cold chicken to be precise! I had to seriously stop myself from browning the chicken thighs and the thought of the added washing up was enough to stop me in my tracks. “It’ll be fine” I told myself, “everyone else is doing this, you’re just a bit slow to realise” and with that thought I merrily chucked, I mean placed carefully, all my ingredients in the slow cooker and switched it on.

Chicken thighs, italian herbs, slow cooker, crock pot, easy, quick, family meal,

Six hours later I was being asked by my family what the lovely smell was. I would say that if you don’t have any of the particular vegetables that I used just improvise with a suitable alternative eg courgettes, aubergine, olives etc. I think I would even add another pepper next time. I have to say that we all enjoyed this really quick to assemble meal (with the exception of my daughter who doesn’t do chicken thighs – a work in progress) and I think it’s one you can play around with to ring the changes (thinking chillies now)!

Chicken thighs, italian herbs, slow cooker, crock pot, easy, quick, family meal,

Everyone reading this is probably having a good old laugh that I’ve been such a stickler for my instruction manual but I realise that the manufacturers probably didn’t want to be responsible for giving anyone food poisoning so played it ultra safe – so safe that it was taking the fun out of slow cooking if you ask me!

Chicken thighs, italian herbs, slow cooker, crock pot, easy, quick, family meal,

Do let me know what your favourite quick slow cooked dishes are in the comments below!


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Slow Cooked Chicken Italian
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A fabulously quick and easy to assemble, slow cooked family meal - chicken thighs in an Italian tomato, pepper, onion & mushroom sauce which you can serve with rice or pasta.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 750g Chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 5 Chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Red onions, cut into 6 segments each
  • 1 Pepper, chopped (I used yellow)
  • 1 x 400g Tin chopped tomatoes
  • 150 mls Chicken stock (made up with half a stock cube)
  • 4 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 5 Cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 heaped tsp dried Italian mixed herbs
  • Freshly ground salt & pepper
  1. Place the chicken thighs in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Scatter the chopped vegetables over the top.
  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and pour over the chicken and vegetables
  4. Cook on low for 6 hours or until meat is falling off the bone.
  5. Serve as whole chicken thighs or remove, de-bone and pull the meat as I did and then put back in the sauce.
  6. Serve on a bed of rice or pasta.

For more slow cooker inspirations why don’t you check out the rest of my slow cooked recipes which includes a rather lush pudding!

As this dish uses chicken thighs which are very cheap I am entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which is being hosted by Maison Cupcake this month and which I run along with Fuss Free Flavours. I am also entering it into Tasty Tuesdays over at Honest Mum, Recipe of the Week over at A Mummy Too  Farmersgirl Kitchen hosts the Slow Cooker Challenge so of course I have to enter that and finally I am entering Cooking with Herbs over at Lavender and Lovage where the theme is basil and there is plenty of that in an Italian herb mix!

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  1. Louise Smith

    This looks delicious

  2. Martina Evans

    This recipe sounds and looks absolutely delicious! x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Martina:-)

  3. Alison

    This sounds lovely, will have to try it

  4. Heather Haigh

    I love meals that I can bung in the slow cooker and this one sounds lovely and tasty. Just right for the nippy weather that’s coming for a few days.

  5. Kirsty Fox

    I am always looking for recipes for my slow cooker and this sounds delicious.

  6. Joanna M-B

    I have a real aversion to chicken on the bone. Would the de-boned chicken thighs work just as well? Obviously wouldn’t be as cost effective but would lessen the risk of ending up with a random nobbly bit of gristle in the mouth!

    Other than that, this ticks all our recipe fave boxes. I do something similar in the oven with pork chops but the slow cooker is an inspired idea!

    1. Camilla

      Of course they would, I’ve never had a problem with leaving knobbly bit in though as I pull the thighs apart on a board leaving all the bone there and popping back the meat:-)

  7. Ursula Hunt

    great chicken recipe, i love italian styled foof

  8. Karen Adlam

    Hi Camilla, this looks delicious. I’m keen to dig out my slow cooker from the back of the cupboard – you have inspired me to do it this weekend. Only just discovered your blog and have had a good old nosey around – will definitely be trying out lots of the recipes. Keep up the good work! Karen

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you Karen. Glad you’ve found me – how did you find me out of interest?

  9. Maya Russell

    Like the way the chicken just breaks up. Looks healthy and easy.

  10. Miss Tracy Hanson

    This sounds delicious. Love Italian flavours and chicken is my favourite meat. :) Yum!

  11. sophie payne

    this looks delicious I can’t wait to try this, the only recipe I cook in the slow cooker is bbq pulled pork so would be nice to try something new!

  12. Anne Dalzell

    Our cooker broke this week so i’ve been eyeing up slow cooker recipes until we get a new one. This looks ever so tasty

    1. Camilla

      Oh no, hope you get it fixed soon!

  13. Niori

    Think I’ll set this going shortly. We had a roast dinner last night so looking for something different today. Loving my slowcooker at the moment!

    1. Camilla

      Great stuff, I really need to get back into using mine now the weather is turning!

  14. David C

    Wow, I certain will enjoy this fab meal, must try this one day

    1. Camilla

      I must remember to make this again and want to try adding olives and capers next time, I’ve such a bad memory when it comes to new recipes!

  15. Kirsty Fox

    This looks fantastic, I love the colour of it!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it is an inviting colour:-)

  16. Ann Robinson

    Another great recipe, and with a slow cooker you can have it ready to eat as soon as you get in

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes it’s lovely to walk in with a meal ready:-)

  17. Abigail Cullen

    This recipe sounds and looks great, would love to give this a go.

  18. ujhunt1961

    Great meal

  19. ujhunt1961

    Absolutly delicious

  20. Irene Wright

    Love this recipe but when I made it, I just threw everything in (like I always do) and turned on the heat and then left it for a LONG…………..time. It usually turns out ok as long as is shoes it has been boiling at some stage of the cooking – ensures the temperature has killed all of the ‘baddies’ in the chicken/meat.

  21. Maddy

    I’ve always “Cooked from cold” in my slow cooker – so much simpler, as you say- less washing up & never had any ill effects 😉

    1. Camilla

      I got there in the end LOL:-)

  22. Florence Cross

    I’m going to give this one a try. It looks delicious and sounds simple to make.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, hope you enjoy it:-)

  23. Ursula Hunt

    great midweek recipe

  24. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    Looks like a crowd pleasing dish, I never think of putting chicken in tomato sauce but I can see it works very well.

    1. Camilla

      Really? My mum always made us Chicken Cacciatore when I lived at home.

  25. kira cook

    this looks amazing so tasty will definitely be trying this

  26. worstkeptsecret

    This looks amazingly tasty, and surprisingly simple! I might just have to try it myself.

  27. Ellie Wilde

    Wow! This looks ridiculously easy and cheap too! I’m a novice but love the value for money meals you can make in a slow cooker! This will be made at the weekend for sure!! Thanks a lot! x

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous, hope you enjoy it;-)

  28. Honest Mum

    Just gorgeous, I really should invest in a slow cooker! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-) Oh definitely, they are so versatile:-)

  29. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    When I was younger I never read a manual, thinking I’m too clever for it and immediately push button pretending to be a pro with every new gadget. There never was any major catastrophe but over the years I’ve learnt to read the manual first to get the best use out of the machine. After getting accustomed to it only then I chuck the manual like you’ve done. Your chicken’s looking good!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Michelle, I’m just a stickler for rules LOL so getting more relaxed in my old age:-)

  30. Sally - My Custard Pie

    I always stick to the manual! Must get a slow cooker….

    1. Camilla

      Yes they’re so good for when you’re going to be out all day:-)

  31. Ursula Hunt

    great recipe, tastes great

    1. Camilla


  32. Paul Wilson

    This looks ideal for the slow cooker.

  33. Ursula Hunt

    No oven as we are moving so great to have a good slow cooker recipe

  34. Kirsten Murphy

    I bought a new slow cooker last year after years of being without. I adore it and if it came with an instruction booklet I never read it, I’ve always just thrown everything in & left it!

    This recipe sounds fantastic and as you say, so easy to vary

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes it’s one which I will use as a base from now on:-)

  35. Tracy Nixon

    Ohhh now this is my type of dish – love my chicken, love my veg and love the look of that sauce! I do make a similar dish already and either serve it with rice like you have or over spooned over a jacket potato or even served with patatas :)

  36. Stacey Dsouza

    Lovely recipe will try it this weekend :)

    1. Camilla

      Thank you – enjoy:-)

  37. bev

    Looks delicious!

  38. Carolyn Clapham

    Lovely recipe.

    I chose to retweet this one as much for your slow cooker comments as the recipe though – I’m convinced that too many people give up really quickly on their slow cooker for all the reasons that you have mentioned.
    When I first got mine, I gave up pre-heating and browning after about a week, but have great results with everything from roasts such as leg of lamb or gammon, to things like rice pudding (the latest family favourite), and would hate to be without it.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you! Indeed it took my a very long time to get into my slow cooker but now I love it:-)

  39. Coombemill

    That looks like a great family meal. #TastyTuesday

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it truly is:-)

  40. Paul Wilson

    I do love nice Italian dishes.

  41. Elizabeth Edser

    I cook a whole chicken in my slow cooker. Without browning it first, just plonk it in the slow cooker without any liquid (I know, I didn’t believe it the first time either) without any liquid or anything else, put the lid on and cook for about 6 – 8 hours. It looks a bit pale & uninteresting when it’s cooked but most of us don’t eat the skin anyway do we?

    1. Camilla

      Wow, that’s good to know, thanks for sharing:-) So far I have done leg of lamb and a gammon joint without browing but have added liquid & vegetables or pineapple too;-)

  42. Lisa Ellison

    This is making me so hungry now!

  43. Ciara (@My Fussy Eater)

    I’m a massive slow cooker fan but I’m so nervous about throwing raw meat in there. I have to brown it first! Like you I think I’ll bite the bullet and try it like you. This recipe looks amazing by the way!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks:-) Yes I felt liberated and glad I’d taken the plunge, glad to inspire you to do the same:-)

  44. Heather Haigh

    That sounds lovely and sweet and rich. I do love chucking a meal in the slow cooker – got this one bookmarked now. Thanks. x

  45. Fahad Khan

    I find the similarities between Italian and Indian cuisines amazing!Onion,tomato and garlic form the flavor base of most north Indian curries.
    Sadly,no-one uses slow cooker here.Though,we make plenty of slow cooked preparations,on the stove top.My favorite being Dal Makhani – black gram and a handful of kidney beans are slowly simmered with tomato puree,garlic,ginger,cumin powder,garam masala(A blend of several spices like cumin seeds,black peppercorns,dried bay leaves and cinnamon.) and a generous amount of butter & cream.Thanks to all the cream that goes into it,the dish is really mild.Though flavorful!
    Nice post.Great communication skills!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you and for taking the time to visit my blog today! Those spices sound wonderful, we are big curry fans in our house:-)

  46. Irene Wright

    this recipe is certainly one I will try. Have printed it out and will use it next time the family are round for tea/dinner & probably accept their compliments as it being my own recipe……..lol. Looks good.

    1. Camilla

      Good idea, chuck in a few other ingredients and it truly will be your own recipe, I think Olives would be a great addition:-)

  47. Karen

    Wow! What a delectable plate of lovely chicken Camilla and such a lovely herb combination too! I love it! Thanks so much for adding it to Cooking with Herbs! :-) Karen

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Karen and it would probably work for your 5.2 diet as there is no fat in this which I forgot to mention:-)

  48. mellissa williams

    I know what you mean! I used to brown everything too. My favourite dish is this one from my blog

    i love my slow cooker, it makes meat so tender!

    1. Camilla

      I love cider so your dish sounds fab. Does the flour stick to the bottom of the dish as I’m always a bit worried about adding flour at the start of slow cooking?

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