A Good Cabernet and Cacciatore

Ah…. Monday, this is always a tough day getting back into the swing of things after a weekend.  I try to change it up on Mondays a little bit and find ways to give myself a break!  Cacciatore in the crockpot is the answer…

Jen’s Crockpot Cacciatore

4 Boneless Chicken Breasts, diced
1/2 Tsp.  Italian Seasoning
2 Med. White Onions
1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped into 1 inch cubes
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped into 1 inch cubes
1 Zucchini, sliced
1 pkg. Crimini Mushrooms
2 small carrots sliced
1  16oz Jar Garden Vegetable Pasta Sauce (any brand)
1 cup your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon wine
1 Tbsp minced garlic
Salt and Pepper
1  pkg. Farfalle Pasta (my kids favorite!)

 First, layer all cut up vegetables in bottom layer of crockpot   (no need for any order, just that the veggies have to be on the bottom layer.

Then, brown the cut-up chicken in fry pan for a few minutes in vegetable or olive oil.

Next,  layer the browned chicken pieces onto the veggies in the crockpot.

Add all remaining ingredients to crockpot.   Paying special attention to the sauce and wine amounts.
I suggest our now favorite bargain wine, Spiral Vines, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009.
Make sure the spaghetti sauce and (liquid)is high enough to cover the chicken/veggie mix.

The liquid in the crockpot needs to be above the top of the chicken.
If the liquid isn’t high enough, then fill the spaghetti sauce jar with water and dump that into crockpot.
This should raise the level to the necessary amount.
Lightly stir so the veggies and chicken are all covered in the tomato sauce/wine/spice mix.

Turn the crockpot on to the time frame desired.  I usually use the 6 hour high position because
I am usually putting this into the crock pot mid-morning and timing it to serve for dinnner around 5.
But it will work on any timeframe you need.  The chicken just falls apart,
is buttery and yummy and ready to serve over warm pasta.   Serves 6.

You will need a great crockpot, any kind will do because no matter what if it works…
it is a money and time saver in the kitchen!

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