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Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio
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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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: Slow Cooker - Main Course
Cuisine: Italian Cuisine
Servings: 4
Calories: 252kcal


  • 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
  • ¾ 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: 1serving | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 276mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g