Contest-Winning Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
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Contest-Winning Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

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My husband and own and operate a busy farm. There are days when there's just no time left for cooking! It's really nice to be able to come into the house at night and smell this wonderful dinner simmering. —Aggie Arnold-Norman, Liberty, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up and skin removed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained, or 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup white wine or water
  • Hot cooked pasta

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without pasta): 207 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 787mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 vegetable.


  1. Place onions in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the chicken, seasonings, tomatoes, tomato sauce, mushrooms and wine.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until chicken is tender. Discard bay leaf. Serve chicken with sauce over pasta. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Cacciatore in Country Woman March/April 1988, p29

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Ginni User ID: 9099986 262109
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"Found this recipe bland with a watery sauce. Will not use it again"

Bunnyphillips User ID: 6381895 250678
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

"We did use Rotel tomatoes with chilies and added sliced carrots too."

KathyCooks1943 User ID: 8651526 249757
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2016

"Being that I never plan early in the morning for me to use a crock pot, I decided to make this recipe this afternoon anyway. I browned boneless chicken breast in my braiser. Added the onions and garlic till soften. Then added all the rest of the ingredients. Simmered the whole thing for about an hour. Removed the chicken and tossed in cooked angel hair pasta and tossed it all together. Put the chicken back on top and took the whole pan to the table. You would of thought I was chef Mario. Raves from everyone. They just loved it. THANK YOU FOR A GREAT RECIPE. They are already asking for it again. Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did."

Guttermandj User ID: 8705984 243376
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"Super easy and delicious!"

845Norma User ID: 8081500 235609
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"Glad I read the reviews and added more spices to give it more flavor. It was OK, probably won't make it again."

Sabi302 User ID: 8551449 234185
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

"I tweaked the recepie a little. I used boneless, skinless chicken breast that I seasoned and browned first in some evoo. I also added green pepper and few more spices to give it more flavor. Diced tomatoes with chili peppers gave it a little kick. It was a little soupy. Next time I'll mix in a little corn starch to thicken the sauce. My family enjoyed it."

Susie77 User ID: 98373 234102
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2015

"Really good. Used boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut back cooking time to 4 hours, added garlic."

Mellowdee User ID: 5444930 25919
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"I've made the regular chicken Cacciatore before and I thought the crockpot one would be great. Not for me. It was tasteless, soupy and I was embarrassed that I served it to visiting family."

MY REVIEW User ID: 5947940 21205
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

"I wasn't very happy with this recipe. I have an old recipe that I compared it to and the older one was much better. It could have been my fault, because I used boneless chicken breasts instead of the breasts with the bone in. I am a firm believer that the bone definitely adds flavor. Also, my old recipe called for 1/4 C RED wine and green pepper. I did add the green pepper, but very sparingly because my husband is allergic to green pepper. Also, my old recipe called for a whole fryer cut up and browned. That could have made a big difference too."

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 21208
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"My family really enjoyed this meal! I had all the ingredients, which are pretty basic; even had sliced mushrooms in the freezer that I used. Simple ingredients, one-step prep, and a delicious result - perfect!"

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