Zippy Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
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Zippy Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

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For an entree with Italian flair, try these tender chicken breasts simmered in a nicely seasoned tomato sauce. The sauce has chunks of green pepper and mushrooms, and gets a little zip from balsamic vinegar and red pepper flakes. —Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Hot cooked spaghetti, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 248 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 857mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 3 vegetable.


  1. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, brown chicken in 1 tablespoon oil. Remove and set aside. In the same skillet, saute the green pepper, mushrooms and garlic in remaining oil until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add the tomato puree, stewed tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, remaining salt and reserved chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in parsley. Simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes longer or until sauce is thickened. Serve over spaghetti if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Cacciatore in Light & Tasty December/January 2003, p29

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 252183
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2016

"Wonderful!! A hit with my whole family! I used a can of crushed tomatoes (28 oz) instead of the stewed tomatoes and tomato puree. I also threw in a little pizza sauce and 1/4 cup salsa. Instead of chicken breast halves, I used a family pack size of chicken leg quarters."

FLZephyr User ID: 728094 250671
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

"This dish received rave reviews from my family!! My picky eater even declared she liked mushrooms after all. :~) We will be making this easy entree again. Thanks for the recipe."

erin_ritter21 User ID: 4823456 234998
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015

"One of mine & my husbands favorites! The chicken gets so tender and the sauce is amazing!"

fascinator User ID: 7633968 224516
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"This was good. Used some roasted chopped chicken instead of chicken breast cause I had it. Added diced onion."

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 222385
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2015

"This was very tasty. I used the pop out frozen garlic that Michelle showed us at the cooking school. Great recipe. Will make again. Yum Yum!"

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 86605
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"Kids & husband loved this!"

Hawaiianmama User ID: 4855041 113060
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2010

"Absolutely amazing, my children ate this and praised me,( they actually even ate the tomatos)I really enjoyed this version of Cacciatore, great meal!"

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