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Zippy Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Zippy Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

Reviews for Zippy Chicken Cacciatore

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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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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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