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Contest-Winning Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Contest-Winning Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

My husband and I own and operate a 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 wonderful dinner simmering. —Aggie Arnold-Norman, Liberty, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD: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


  • 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.

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 vegetable.

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Reviewed Dec. 22, 2017

"Ahh, I'm seeing the problem here. Too much liquid in a crock pot that can't boil off. Eliminate the tomato sauce and use tomato paste."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2017

"I followed this recipe exactly as stated. It was tasteless. I was excited to try this "contest winning" recipe as it has all the ingredients that we love, but was very disappointed. It would be an easy fix I suppose, adding more amounts of these seasonings, possibly adding chicken stock or chili powder. Don't think its worth it though."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2017

"I thought this recipe sounded good. I had all the ingredients on hand so loaded the crock-pot. We thought this had good flavor. Of course the chicken dark meat was much more flavorful than the white meat. My only complaints are too much sauce for the amount of chicken AND the sauce was very thin and watery. Next time I make this I'll thicken the sauce at the end of cooking."

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2017

"We've fixed this many times and the flavors really come together here!!"

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"Found this recipe bland with a watery sauce. Will not use it again"

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

"We did use Rotel tomatoes with chilies and added sliced carrots too."

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."

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