Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

I am trying to remember to use my slow cooker at least once a week, so here is last week's recipe.  This week's is still WIP.

Chicken Cacciatore or Italian Hunter's Chicken (as opposed to Chicken Chasseur which is French Hunter's Chicken!)

Serves 4
8 chicken thighs
1 tin chopped tomatoes
500ml red wine
4 anchovy fillets (optional)
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped or crushed
2 large bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
Handful black olives
1 tbsp olive oil

Turn the slow cooker on, with the lid on, to high to warm up.

Fry the chicken in the olive oil until lightly brown.  When brown, lift out leaving the oil in the frying pan and place in the slow cooker. 

Fry the garlic, bay leaves, rosemary and anchovies (if using) in pan you just fried the chicken in.  When the garlic begins to brown, add the tomatoes, olives and the red wine.  Bring to the boil then pour over the chicken. 

Poke the chicken under the liquid as much as you can, put the lid on and leave to cook for 5 hours on high.  Check for seasoning just before serving.  I guess this would probably be served with polenta in Italy, but I serve it with mashed potato, pasta, rice, garlic bread...

I am entering this into the Farmersgirl Kitchen and Baking Queen 74's Slow Cooked Challenge 
The Slow Cooked Challenge