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

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My husband and I operate a very 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 chicken cacciatore meal simmering—dinner is a simple matter of dishing it up. It's very easy to make, but it's also special enough to serve when company comes to call. —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) equals 207 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 73 mg cholesterol, 787 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 27 g 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

Nutritional Facts

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

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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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."

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."

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!"

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"Delicious! Excellent recipe, very tasteful and enjoyable. I live on a little island belonging to France off of the province of NL and had a little trouble finding some ingredients at the shop, but I substituted a few things as pointed out in a previous review and it turned out perfect. Even some picky islanders here tried and it and enjoyed it. I'd go into further discussion on those substitutions but I might get accused of changing the recipe and not properly reviewing it. Rhijulbec needs to calm down and actually rate recipes rather than critique other reviewers. Real mature."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"I don't ever write reviews but I just had to for this meal. It was exceptionally good and my family loved it. I used Foodaddict617s helpful suggestions for the flavored tomatoes, and Italian seasoning because that is all I had in my pantry. And I also used the oven rather than a slow cooker. I made enough extra sauce to freeze for lasagna on a later night and my kids are actually excited for it!!! I had them help and dice some onions and green pepper to throw in the mix before freezing. This meal was truly delicious, thanks Taste of Home, and thanks for the helpful reviews. Also, I don't think substituting one seasoning for another and using flavored diced tomatoes counts as changing the entire recipe. It's all a matter of taste and a recipe that can successfully be changed according to what you have on hand is a very special recipe indeed!"

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