In Italy, spirited chicken dishes like this one are known as 'pollo alla contadina' or peasant-style chicken. Serve with pasta such as fettuccine or linguine.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker, combine onion, bell pepper, garlic, rosemary, and oregano. Crumble sausages over onion mixture. Rinse chicken and pat dry; arrange in a single layer over sausage. Sprinkle with pepper. Pour in vermouth. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 5 to 7 hours, or until chicken is tender and cooked through when pierced.

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  • Transfer chicken to a warm, deep platter, and cover to keep warm.

  • In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and cold water. Stir into cooking liquid in slow cooker. Increase heat to High, and cover. Cook, stirring 2 to3 times, until sauce is thickened (about 10 more minutes). Season to taste with salt. Spoon sauce over chicken, and sprinkle with parsley.

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Nutrition Facts

201 calories; 4.4 g total fat; 87 mg cholesterol; 457 mg sodium. 5 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2005
This was awesome!!! No dry chicken if you add some liquid my changes: crush the rosemary; 1 lb sausage browned; 4 pcs chicken; white wine instead of vermouth; add 1 cup marinara sauce; add 1 (14 oz) can of chicken broth. I had to double the cornstarch mixture because of the increased liquid. It was really great a definate keeper! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2004
I think with some modifications this could be a tasty meal. It smelled wonderful in the beginning. I cut the chicken into large chunks and that could be why it cooked in 3-4 hours. The chicken and the ground pork were very dry. Also the sauce was very bitter with only the vermouth. I had to add quite a bit of salt and a few big scoops of sugar to lessen the bitterness. I cook by recipes mostly and am not that great at modifying a base with vermouth only. So others may know just what this recipe needs. Linguine was a good pasta for this. Read More
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104 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2005
This was awesome!!! No dry chicken if you add some liquid my changes: crush the rosemary; 1 lb sausage browned; 4 pcs chicken; white wine instead of vermouth; add 1 cup marinara sauce; add 1 (14 oz) can of chicken broth. I had to double the cornstarch mixture because of the increased liquid. It was really great a definate keeper! Read More
(70)
Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2005
This was awesome!!! No dry chicken if you add some liquid my changes: crush the rosemary; 1 lb sausage browned; 4 pcs chicken; white wine instead of vermouth; add 1 cup marinara sauce; add 1 (14 oz) can of chicken broth. I had to double the cornstarch mixture because of the increased liquid. It was really great a definate keeper! Read More
(70)
Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2004
I think with some modifications this could be a tasty meal. It smelled wonderful in the beginning. I cut the chicken into large chunks and that could be why it cooked in 3-4 hours. The chicken and the ground pork were very dry. Also the sauce was very bitter with only the vermouth. I had to add quite a bit of salt and a few big scoops of sugar to lessen the bitterness. I cook by recipes mostly and am not that great at modifying a base with vermouth only. So others may know just what this recipe needs. Linguine was a good pasta for this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2005
Great comfort food for a cold winter night!! I used white cooking wine and added a can of Italian style diced tomatoes which provided more liquid. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2004
My husband and I both thought this was excellent and VERY flavorful. It does need salt added to the crock pot ingredients before cooking for 5-7 hours. Also I used chicken broth instead of the vermouth in the main recipe. You can make a lot more sauce than the recipe calls for and I think that it really adds to the dish. I used about 1/4 cup of bisquick (instead of cornstarch) and more chicken broth (instead of water) to make the sauce and it was delicious over the chicken and thin spaghetti I served it with. You can not go wrong with a low fat/low calorie/low carb meal that tastes this good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/17/2010
Quite enjoyable: Chicken was a bit dry but sauce was very tasty. Carmelized onions & peppers before adding to crock pot. Also cut breasts in half and browned chicken and sausage (removed casing) before adding to pot. Added 1/2 cup white wine 1/2 cup chicken stock sliced mushrooms to crock pot. Doubled spices and cornstarch. Served over tortiglioni with a Pinot Grigio. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2005
My Whole family loved this recipe! My son even requests it! I did add a bouillion cube to the sauce at the end and only cook it for 4 hours so the chicken is not over cooked. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2010
I used 1/2c white wine 15oz can crushed tomatoes hot italian sausage (left in the casing and browned) fresh rosemary I carmalized the onions and peppers before adding them to the crock pot. The smell was amazing.. There was plenty of liquid....served it over pasta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2005
I needed a recipe to feed a group of people that I had invited over from church and I needed something easy because I work two jobs. This crockpot recipe looked ideal. I did all the work the night before and then just put the crockpot on in the morning. I served this with Italian Green beans corn pudding a mandarin orange spinach salad and a fruit truffle. There wasn't one piece of food left and several asked for the recipe. It was WONDERFUL Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2011
Fantastic!!!!! lo calorie and delicious! my sons loved it (8 and 6 years old). that's a huge compliment for chicken that is not in mcnugget form. Read More
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