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Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio

Moist and meaty chicken thighs, along with red potatoes are cooked low and slow in a white wine caper sauce for this Italian classic of Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio.

A vertical closeup image of a pile of Vesuvio potatoes with chicken, capers and thyme.

If you’re looking for a robust chicken dinner that’s packed full of delicious flavor and is also easy to prepare, then you need to add this chicken Vesuvio made in a slow cooker recipe to your meal calendar ASAP!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Chicken Vesuvio in a slow cooker is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 

This recipe was originally shared in 2016. This post has been updated with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.


Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio

The ingredient list:

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  • olive oil
  • chicken thighs
  • shallots
  • white wine (I used a dry white)
  • red potatoes
  • chicken broth
  • capers
  • dry thyme (ground or leaves)
  • butter
  • lemon juice
  • salt and pepper (CAUTION: Go easy on the salt as the capers contain a good deal of briny flavor)

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How this recipe came to be:

Sometimes when I have an idea for a recipe and I need to make it without delay! That was the case for this Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio.

So much so that I asked my husband to please go to the market and pick up some chicken thighs, because I didn’t have the patience to wait for the ones I had in the freezer to thaw. Thanks, honey!

Because I forgot to specify for him to buy boneless, skinless chicken thighs (the kind I normally use), my hubby picked up bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs.

Since I had no room to complain (he was nice enough to go to the store for me), and since I really wanted to give my idea for Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio a try right away, the bone-in, skin-on chicken is what I used, and how I wrote the recipe.

If however, you prefer boneless, skinless chicken thighs, go right ahead and use them. You won’t need to alter the recipe one bit. Please continue with the same instructions written in the recipe.

Overhead photo of Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio on a white scalloped plate.

Why this recipe works:

This Italian favorite of Chicken Vesuvio is a dish that works very well for the slow cooker.

If you can spare 15 minutes in the morning to prepare the chicken and then nestle everything in the cooker, by the time you get home in the evening, you’ll swear you’re eating dinner at a fancy Italian restaurant. But it’s one where you can visit while wearing your pj’s if you’re so inclined. LOL

The skin on, or the skin off? That is the question…

Traditionally, chicken Vesuvio is made with bone-in, skin-on chicken, so my husband was correct in his purchase. Since I’m not a big chicken skin eater (unless it’s fried and crispy), I remove it before eating.

In this recipe, the skin will help to add extra flavor to the sauce and potatoes, and the bones will add extra flavor to the meat itself.

Whether you’re using skin-on or skinless chicken, the step you don’t want to neglect is the browning of the chicken before adding it to the cooker.

That’s the step that will add great depth and amazing flavor, and the one that will make your Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio a standout!

How to make slow cooker chicken Vesuvio:

  • In a large skillet over medium/high heat, brown the chicken thighs in olive oil on both sides, working in two batches.
  • Cut three pounds of red potatoes into 2″ chunks and layer the browned chicken and potatoes into a large (8 quart) slow-cooker.
Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio Collage 1
  • Season the layers of potatoes with salt and pepper to taste, and top the final layer of potatoes with 1 jar (3.5 ounces) of capers.
  • Going back to the skillet, and on low heat and add 3/4 cup of white wine.
  • Add 2 cups of chicken broth to the skillet, making sure to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir in dried thyme and butter.
Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio Collage 3
Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio Collage 4
  • Pour the pan sauce over the potatoes and chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Right before serving, add fresh lemon juice and stir.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken and potatoes from the cooker. 
  • Serve and enjoy.
Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio Collage 5
Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio

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Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

A vertical collage image of Chicken Vesuvio make in a slow cooker with a title text graphic overlay.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy Italian chicken dinner in the slow cooker.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio

Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Moist and meaty chicken thighs, along with red potatoes are cooked low and slow in a white wine caper sauce for this Italian classic of Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 15 mins
Course Slow Cooker – Main Course
Cuisine Italian Cuisine
Servings 4
Calories 252 kcal


  • 8 chicken thighs bone-in, skin-on
  • tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 pounds red potatoes cut into 2″ chunks
  • 1 jar 3.5 ounces capers, undrained
  • 3 large shallots peeled and minced
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  • Season the chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a large skillet over medium/high heat, brown the chicken thighs on both sides, four at a time.
  • Place four chicken thighs in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  • Top the thighs with half of the cut up potatoes. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper.
  • Top the potatoes with the remaining browned chicken thighs and the remaining potatoes that have been seasoned with salt and pepper.
  • Pour the capers over the potatoes in the cooker and top evenly with the shallots.
  • Add the wine to the skillet and over medium/low heat, stir in the chicken broth making sure to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir in the thyme and butter until melted.
  • Pour the pan sauce over the chicken and potatoes in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Right before serving add the fresh lemon juice and stir.
  • Remove the chicken and potatoes with a slotted spoon and serve.


Boneless skinless chicken thighs may be used in place of bone-in, skin-on, chicken thighs.
Do not omit the browning of the chicken. This is necessary for flavor, and in making the pan sauce.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 18gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 276mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2g
Keyword chicken vesuvio, slow cooker chicken thighs, slow cooker chicken vesuvio, slow cooker Italian chicken recipe
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Recipe Rating

Nellie Tracy

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Such a great weeknight dinner recipe! LOVE it!


Monday 3rd of October 2016

I made this the other night and it was great! Super easy. I was planning to reduce down the liquid after cooking to make a sort of gravy, but ran out of time. Next time. :-)


Tuesday 4th of October 2016

That's a great idea, Stephanie. I'm going to do that next time too. Glad you liked it!

Angie | Big Bears Wife

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Normally when I cook chicken I always go for boneless, skinless chicken BUT when I cook thighs I always want the thigh bone and skin. This is perfect for us!

Nutmeg Nanny

Tuesday 12th of April 2016

Thank goodness for husbands who go to the store for us! My hubs is the same and it's a lifesaver! This chicken looks so good and I love all the flavors you packed into this slow cooker dish.

Rose | The Clean Dish

Tuesday 12th of April 2016

Renee, I am drooling all over my laptop as I look at your images! Just - wow! What an amazing dish! The fact that I haven't had chicken in, um, years? Doesn't help! I'll be sharing this with all my meat eating friends as I know they would absolutely love it!