This slow cooker chicken ratatouille stew is a healthy and hearty dish that you can make in minutes. Server over rice or eat it as is. This is a low calorie and fairly low carb dinner that you can easily make any night of the week.
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This week for Sunday Supper we are making Easy Supper Recipes so I thought this slow cooker chicken ratatouille stew would be a good one to make. Everyone likes slow cooker meals for busy days and this chicken vegetable stew is easy, hearty and even low calorie!
I love ratatouille because of it’s tasty combination of tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and zucchini. However I normally consider it a side dish. Today I wanted to make it a bit more substantial for a main dish instead, so I added some chicken thighs and cooked the whole dish in a slow cooker. It was so easy and tasty that I’m sure we will be eating this again and again.
What is ratatouille?
Most people know about the movie Ratatouille involving a rat that is a culinary genius but not everyone has had this delicous dish. Ratatouille is a French stewed vegetable dish. It has been made many different ways but it usually includes tomato, onions, zucchini, peppers and eggplant.
I used those same basic ingredients but added some chicken thighs to make this slow cooker recipe more of a dinner than a side dish. It came out perfect and was really easy to make.
Making slow cooker chicken ratatouille
If you want you can just put everything in the slow cooker and be done but try it this way. Pour a little olive oil on the bottom, then onions and half of the tomatoes. Next put in the vegetables and top them with the chicken thighs.
Now take the remaining tomatoes and mixed in the tomato paste, Better than Bouillon base, garlic and spices. Spoon this over top and cook on low for 8 hours. Times may vary depending on your slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Ratatouille Recipe Notes
- I used chicken thighs but you could also use breasts if you wish.
- I also used boneless, skinless chicken so I could shred it at the end. If you want you can keep the chicken as is and serve it separately from the ratatouille.
- Better than Bouillon gives this an added flavor boost. You can substitute chicken bouillon if you don’t have BTB.
- At the end I shred the chicken a little bit and mix well. If it’s still too watery for your liking, you can take the lid off the slow cooker and turn up the heat for 10 minutes.
- You can eat this dish as is or serve it over rice or pasta. I like to grate Parmesan cheese over top sometimes.
I hope you like this easy dinner recipe and for more great recipes, scroll down for my friend’s recipes from Sunday Supper. The nutritional information for 1 serving is:
131 cals / 8g fat / 10g carbs / 2.7g fiber /18g protein = 7.3g net carbs
PLEASE NOTE: I have updated this recipe to make it a bit lower in carbs and it ended up a bit more tasty! The video is older and you might notice a few differences. The changes I made were to use less onions and tomatoes and add tomato paste, bouillon and a little more spice.
Slow Cooker Chicken Ratatouille Stew
- 6 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups sweet pepper, sliced
- 2 cups eggplant chopped
- 2 cups zucchini chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 3/4 cup diced tomaotes
- 2 tablespoons tomator paste
- 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon chicken base
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
Pour oil into the slow cooker and then add onions and 1/2 of the tomatoes.
Next put in your vegetables and nestle the chicken thighs on top.
Add your garlic, spices, Better than Bouillon, tomatoe paste and tomatoes together and mix well.
Pour the tomatoe mixture over the chicken and place the lid on top.
Cook on low for 8 hours. (times may vary depending on your slow cooker)
When done, shred the chicken a bit with two forks. If you want to get rid of some of the liquid you can turnn it up to high and keep the lid off for about 10 minutes.
Serve over rice or eat as is.
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