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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio

Updated on March 6, 2013
3.7 stars from 6 ratings of Slow Cooker Chicken Vesuvio

There is great debate on the origin of this recipe. Vesuvio is a volcano in the region of Naples in Italy, but this dish was apparently created in the 1930s at an Italian restaurant in Chicago. Whatever the origin, the result is delicious!

The slow cooker makes this an easy dish to pull together, and is even great for entertaining. Some tips for successful slow cooker meals include browning the protein for added flavor, and partially cooking the vegetables to ensure they soften enough. The recipe should always start with a little less liquid than you may think is necessary, to result in the perfect consistency.

Adding something fresh at the end always perks up the flavor. The lemon zest and juice, and fresh parsley do this.

This meal is essentially a one pot meal, but pairs beautifully with a salad. Enjoy!

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 8 hours
Ready in: 8 hours 25 min
Yields: 8 servings


  • 5 Italian sausages, mild or hot
  • 12-14 boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large sweet onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 5 medium thin skin potatoes, cut into 8 wedges each
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley, optional
Mount Vesuvio
Mount Vesuvio
Brown sausage.
Brown sausage.
When onion and garlic is caramelized, add flour.
When onion and garlic is caramelized, add flour.
Add wine and chicken broth
Add wine and chicken broth
Pre cook potatoes in microwave 5 minutes
Pre cook potatoes in microwave 5 minutes
Optional to brown potatoes in same fry pan.
Optional to brown potatoes in same fry pan.
Layer onion then potatoes
Layer onion then potatoes
Next comes chicken, followed by sausage.
Next comes chicken, followed by sausage.
  1. Preheat large fry pan on medium heat. I prefer cast iron for superior browning. Remove casings from sausages, and form into 1 inch meatballs. Brown the outsides for 7 to 10 minutes turning often. They do not need to be cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile cut potatoes into wedges and place in microwavable dish. Cover and microwave on high 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Dice onion and mince garlic. Remove sausages to bowl and add olive oil, onion, garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes to fry pan. Salt and Pepper to taste. Sautee until soft, scrapping up brown bits from bottom of pan 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Add flour to onion mixture and cook 1 minute. Add white wine and broth. Stir 2 minutes. Transfer this mixture to bottom of slow cooker.
  5. Option: can now use the pan to brown the potato wedges for a few minutes if desired, but not necessary.
  6. Layer potatoes in slow cooker on top of onion mixture. Salt and pepper.
  7. Next layer chicken thighs, then top with sausage. Can be prepared to this point, and stored in the refrigerator a day ahead.
  8. Cook on low for 8 hours. 10 minutes before serving add frozen peas. Just before serving add zest and juice of lemon. Garnish with parsley if desired. Enjoy!


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      Bathazar Xavier 3 years ago

      stumbled on to your recipe while looking for a way to make chicken vesuvio since my oven is on the fritz. i've never seen a recipe with sausage, that could be interesting but might overpower the flavor of the roasted chicken . i'd also recommend that you brown the chicken first. in addition to the added flavor, the golden color that it adds to the skin is wonderful. last suggestion, especially if you're cooking for the 8 to 10 hour recommended time, don't precook the potatoes aside from browning them perhaps.

      chicken vesuvio isn't a stew, it's basically roasted chicken with roasted potatoes and peas, where the chicken is almost cripsy and the potatoes are not mushy. in one of the restaurants i managed there was a cook who could make it to perfection and there's nothing like it.

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Yum! This look I'll have to give it a shot! Thanks!

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      kitkat1141 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Redberry Sky, I hope you enjoy it! The garlic bread and a glass of wine will be great accompaniments!

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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      This sounds like it's going to make a fantastically tasty meal for me and my housemate on Saturday night, KitKat - it has some of my very favourite ingredients and looks utterly delicious from your photographs! I'm looking forward to pairing it with some lovely garlic bread, and perhaps a little glass of wine for the cook! :)

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      kitkat1141 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This would make a great St Patrick's day dish! Thanks for looking.

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i have a slow cooker. Gonna make this food for St.patrick's day