Crockpot Mediterranean Chicken Ragù with Orecchiette

Mediterranean chicken ragù with artichokes, capers, roasted red peppers, fennel, garlic, tomatoes and orrechiette pasta. Little ears.  With their hollowed out nooks they capture the slow-cooked melange of vegetables and seasoned chicken so tender it falls apart merely by touch.

This sauce was the best way to use up the half-eaten jars of Italian delicacies languishing in my fridge.

There’s that.

And this. . .

I adore glass jars. Normally destined for the trash, I give them new life. I don’t see a piece of garbage. I see possibilities.  I see form, function and beauty.

I fill them with nuts, seeds, dried fruits, pasta, grains, flours and delicious concoctions I whip up in my kitchen like salad dressings and tahini butter. All lined up, neat and pretty, I can quickly see what’s inside and grab what I need.

Not to mention food just tastes better out of glass. Over plastic. Plastic has issues.  All that breaking down and leaching and stuff.

My dream is to have all the food in my kitchen contained in glass. With sunshine and light bouncing off them, through them and all around them. In a cheerful kind of way.

This chicken ragù is extremely versatile. Like olives? Toss some in. Don’t like fennel? No problem, forget it. White wine? Yes, please. Sun-dried tomatoes? Sounds good.

The beauty of this recipe is you can twist it around your little fingers and make it your very own. It’s all about possibilities.

Crockpot Mediterranean Chicken Ragù with Orecchiette

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours, 25 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Crockpot Mediterranean Chicken Ragù with Orecchiette

Mediterranean chicken ragù with artichokes, capers, roasted red peppers, fennel, garlic, tomatoes and orrechiette pasta.


1 + 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 can (14 ounce) petite diced tomatoes
8 artichoke hearts, cut in half
1 roasted red pepper, diced
3 fennel stalks, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
2 tablespoons capers
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 + 1/2 pounds chicken breasts or cutlets, boneless, skinless
8-12 ounces Orecchiette pasta
parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. In a 4-quart crockpot combine broth, tomatoes, artichokes, red pepper, fennel, onion, capers and garlic. Stir in Italian seasoning, parsley, salt and pepper. Nestle in the chicken breasts. Cook on high 4 hours or low 6-8. Remove chicken and shred with two forks, stir back in.
  2. Cook pasta to al dente, drain and stir into sauce, turn crockpot down to warm and allow to set for 10 minutes so the pasta can soak in some of the sauce. Serve with parmesan cheese.

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  1. Melynda says

    I am always looking for more crock pot recipes and this one has capers! This sounds like dinner, love little ear pasta…..

  2. Chris says

    Another tasty and flexible recipe from you, no surprise!  I normally don’t use a crock pot for anything other than keeping food warm but I want to drag it out for this one.

  3. Dana says

    I put everything in glass jars, too! At least half of my cabinets are filled with jars of different kinds of pastas, beans, grains, nuts, etc. Too funny!

    I’ll have to dig though those jars to find some pasta perfect for this dish, because I definitely have to try this out!

  4. Lori says

    I’m just getting ready to make some orecchiette tonight. Too bad I don’t have the rest of the recipe put together! :) It sound delicious.

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