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 company. —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 vegetabl


  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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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."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"Super easy and delicious!"

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."

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."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2015

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

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