Tender chicken thighs, mushrooms, tomatoes, and french herbs in a rich brown sauce, slow cooker chicken chasseur is an unbelievably rich and savory crock pot meal. Delicious over noodles or mashed potatoes, this french classic is sure to quickly become a favorite.
During my time at culinary school chicken chasseur is one of the first dishes that I felt "wow, this is true cooking." If I remember correctly it was on a day that we were practicing one of 5 French Mother sauces, which are Béchamel, Velouté, Sauce Espagnole, Sauce Tomat, and Hollandaise Sauce. Chasseur is a derivative of Espagnole which is a basic brown sauce.
I remember going home and wanting to immediately remake french chicken chasseur for my family. It was such a special dish that I have continued to make to this day.
Making chicken chasseur in the crock pot is perhaps my favorite way to prepare it. After a quick sear of the chicken thighs in a skillet to brown the outside and seal in the juices, a brown sauce is made from the pan drippings and then everything goes into the slow cooker for a hours to cook down. The chicken thighs become fall apart tender and all the veggies and liquids intertwine creating the most wonderful sauce.
So, what is chicken chasseur?
Chicken Chasseur translates to "hunter's stew." Chasseur is french for "hunter" or more specifically a hunting soldier. Traditionally made with wild game or rabbit, this dish would be made when the hunters came back from hunting. They would make it with fresh herbs and mushrooms.
Chicken chasseur is similar to the italian chicken cacciatore, although cacciatore generally has bell peppers.
- Boneless skinless chicken thighs
- cremini mushrooms
- tomato paste (sometimes called tomato puree)
- diced tomatoes
- bay leaves
- fresh garlic
- dry white wine
- chicken stock
- herbs de provence (dried thyme can work as well)
- beef bouillon paste
- salt and pepper
How to make chicken chasseur in the slow cooker
Melt butter over medium heat in a skillet or frying pan on the stove.
Season chicken with salt and pepper and then coat in flour. Working in stages if necessary, brown the chicken, about 3-4 minutes per side. Place browned chicken on the plate to the side.
To the skillet, add tomato paste and allow to carmelize for 1-2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with white wine and whisk to combine.
Add chicken stock and beef bouillon paste and whisk until a rich sauce has formed.
Place seared boneless chicken thighs into the crock pot, along with diced tomatoes, mushrooms, minced shallot, garlic, bay leaves, and dried herbs. Pour over the prepared sauce and place lid on top.
Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
Serve with mashed potatoes or noodles.
The one drawback (if you could call it that) to cooking in a crock pot is that the sauces don't thicken as well. This is due to the fact that the lid stays on and no steam is allowed to escape. This is great for keeping dishes moist but not great for thick sauces and gravies. To help out a slow cooked dish like this chasseur, I like to tweak the lid slightly and allow some steam to escape for the last 45 minutes or so of cooking.
Adding beef bouillon may not seem traditional in a chicken dish but this is a tip I learned from my head chef in culinary school! It adds an amazing depth of flavor to the sauce. I always keep a jar of both beef bouillon and chicken bouillon in the fridge for deepening the flavor of sauces and soups.
Add extra herbs. Parsley and tarragon are traditional garnishes for chasseur and they are a tasty and colorful finishing touch.
Bacon. Some chasseur recipes all for a bit of bacon. This adds a nice saltiness to the dish.
Swap out white wine for red wine. While white wine is traditional, red would be equally amazing and deepen the color of the sauce in such a lovely way.
Make it dairy free. Easily make this chicken chasseur dairy free by swapping out the butter for olive oil.
How to Serve Hunter's Stew
This french dish can be served on its own as a low carb dinner, but we generally like it with creamy mashed potatoes, rice, or butter noodles. I recently made with slow cooker chicken chasseur with pappardelle, and it was amazing.
If you are looking for a real treat and you have the time, try it with this simple homemade pappardelle pasta.
Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. Chicken chasseur freezes well and can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months and then thawed in the fridge.
Reheat in the microwave or on the stove.
More slow cooker chicken recipes
Slow Cooker Chicken Chasseur is a classic french dish with chicken thighs, mushrooms, and tomatoes in a rich brown sauce.
- 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 10 oz. cremini mushrooms, quartered
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 shallots, minced
- 4 tbsp. butter
- ½ cup white wine
- 1 ½ cups chicken stock
- 1 tsp. herbs de provence
- ¼ cup flour
- 1-2 tsp. beef bouillon
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Melt butter over medium heat in a skillet or frying pan on the stove.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper and then coat in flour. Working in stages if necessary, brown the chicken, about 3-4 minutes per side. Place browned chicken on the plate to the side.
- To the skillet, add tomato paste and allow to carmelize for 1-2 minutes. Deglaze the pan with white wine and whisk to combine.
- Add chicken stock and beef bouillon paste and whisk until a rich sauce has formed.
- Place boneless chicken thighs into the crock pot, along with diced tomatoes, mushrooms, minced shallot, garlic, and dried herbs. Pour over the prepared sauce and place lid on top.
- Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if necessary.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 408Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 207mgSodium: 683mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 41g