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Chicken Cacciatore

This easy chicken cacciatore recipe makes a good Sunday dinner, since it's so simple to prepare. This recipe is the best because it's loaded with lots of vegetables and is a family favorite. —Barbara Roberts, Courtenay, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry red wine or water
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Hot cooked pasta
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Dust chicken with flour. Season with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown chicken on all sides in oil and butter over medium-high heat. Remove chicken to platter.
  • In the same skillet, cook and stir the onion, celery, pepper and mushrooms for 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, wine, herbs, garlic and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Return chicken to skillet. Cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until chicken is tender. Serve over pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
    Freeze option: Cool chicken mixture. Freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered skillet until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, stirring occasionally.

Chicken Cacciatore Tips

What is chicken cacciatore?

The Italian word “cacciatore” translates to “hunter”. Hunter-style dishes are typically prepared by braising a protein (like chicken) with tomatoes, onions, herbs, vegetables and an acidic ingredient, such as wine or vinegar until tender.

What can I serve with chicken cacciatore?

Chicken cacciatore lends itself well to being served with a variety of side dishes, including polenta, buttered noodles, rice pasta and mashed potatoes. For a healthier option, serve chicken cacciatore with quinoa pilaf or lentils with kale artichoke saute.

How do I store leftover chicken cacciatore?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To freeze for up to 3 months, let the mixture cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container. When ready to use, partially thaw overnight in the fridge; heat slowly in a covered skillet until a thermometer inserted into the chicken reads 165°, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
4-1/2 ounces: 517 calories, 25g fat (8g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 790mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 6g fiber), 39g protein.