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Contest-Winning Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Contest-Winning Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

My husband and 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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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268740
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2017

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

Ginni User ID: 9099986 262109
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

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

Bunnyphillips User ID: 6381895 250678
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

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

KathyCooks1943 User ID: 8651526 249757
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."

Guttermandj User ID: 8705984 243376
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"Super easy and delicious!"

845Norma User ID: 8081500 235609
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."

Sabi302 User ID: 8551449 234185
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."

Susie77 User ID: 98373 234102
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2015

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

Mellowdee User ID: 5444930 25919
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"I've made the regular chicken Cacciatore before and I thought the crockpot one would be great. Not for me. It was tasteless, soupy and I was embarrassed that I served it to visiting family."

[email protected] User ID: 5947940 21205
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

"I wasn't very happy with this recipe. I have an old recipe that I compared it to and the older one was much better. It could have been my fault, because I used boneless chicken breasts instead of the breasts with the bone in. I am a firm believer that the bone definitely adds flavor. Also, my old recipe called for 1/4 C RED wine and green pepper. I did add the green pepper, but very sparingly because my husband is allergic to green pepper. Also, my old recipe called for a whole fryer cut up and browned. That could have made a big difference too."

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 21208
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"My family really enjoyed this meal! I had all the ingredients, which are pretty basic; even had sliced mushrooms in the freezer that I used. Simple ingredients, one-step prep, and a delicious result - perfect!"

Rebekah_Julie User ID: 7641872 48987
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"Delicious! Excellent recipe, very tasteful and enjoyable. I live on a little island belonging to France off of the province of NL and had a little trouble finding some ingredients at the shop, but I substituted a few things as pointed out in a previous review and it turned out perfect. Even some picky islanders here tried and it and enjoyed it. I'd go into further discussion on those substitutions but I might get accused of changing the recipe and not properly reviewing it. Rhijulbec needs to calm down and actually rate recipes rather than critique other reviewers. Real mature."

East_coast_foodie User ID: 7151089 202494
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"I don't ever write reviews but I just had to for this meal. It was exceptionally good and my family loved it. I used Foodaddict617s helpful suggestions for the flavored tomatoes, and Italian seasoning because that is all I had in my pantry. And I also used the oven rather than a slow cooker. I made enough extra sauce to freeze for lasagna on a later night and my kids are actually excited for it!!! I had them help and dice some onions and green pepper to throw in the mix before freezing. This meal was truly delicious, thanks Taste of Home, and thanks for the helpful reviews. Also, I don't think substituting one seasoning for another and using flavored diced tomatoes counts as changing the entire recipe. It's all a matter of taste and a recipe that can successfully be changed according to what you have on hand is a very special recipe indeed!"

Argentia User ID: 7640577 50670
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"I found Foodaddict617's review very helpful. I think 'rhijulbec' needs to grow up. I was happy to know that I could use any tomato sauce I had on hand and that I could successfully use Italian Seasoning because I don't have basil and oregano on hand. I was also especially happy to know that the recipe is still bright if I use water rather than wine, because my family doesn't use alcohol. And since I don't use a slowcooker I was happy to see that this recipe works fine in the oven, but I'm pretty used to making that substitution anyways. Thanks Foodaddict617 for your helpful information, and for trying the few substitutions you made for the rest if us who are afraid to try.

Ps this recipe is really nice. It's fancy enough for company and quick and easy enough for a family meal."

rhijulbec User ID: 7487586 25918
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"FoodAddict617- it seems you pretty much changed the whole recipe! I mean you practically wrote an entirely different recipe here! How is that reviewing THIS recipe.

And to those of you who review recipes BEFORE you make it?? How can you do that? A review is supposed to be done AFTER trying something...hence the "re"in front of review...look back at something. You are doing a preview which in food is pretty much impossible. Plus you bring what may be a good recipe's rating when you give it 4 stars! Cripes that's annoying!!!"

islandlake User ID: 1110576 16200
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"Slow cookers don't produce as good a flavor as the oven, in my opinion. Also, the meat is tender but rather dry, as all the liquid is pulled out of the meat. Will not make again."

FoodAddict617 User ID: 6724221 25004
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"Oh my goodness this was AMAZING!!!! I loved it, and it freezes perfectly!! I didn't use a slow cooker and I used chicken breast rather than a whole chicken. I baked it in the oven on 350 for a few hours and it came out perfectly. Some substitutions I made according to what I had in my pantry were: I only had ClubHouse itialian herb blend and used that instead of the oregano and basil alone. I didn't add any salt according to my salt reduced diet. But I did have the bayleaf, and I think that made the dish that much more delicious. I used a 398 ml (10 oz) can of catelli pasta sauce and a 14OZ can of alymer diced tomatoes (herb and garlic i think) because that's all I had on hand. And lastly I used water rather than wine and it was still yummy for those who may be wondering.. To make it easier I put all of the ingredients (except the sliced onions, they stayed on the bottom of the dish under the chicken) in a big measuring bowl and mixed it all together before pouring over the chicken. Even after changing up the recipe a little it turned out unbelievable! Next time I am going to dice the onoion rather than slice it, and I am going to make enough sauce to freeze for pasta sauce on spaghetti night, it was just that good!"

ktype User ID: 4188985 52066
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"Eh. Pretty ordinary, not extraordinary recipe."

doylescott User ID: 7230721 25003
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"you must be kidding, it should be a crime to make this kind of food. just to good to be true. loved it and I WILL make it again. doylescott57@"

rduckworth User ID: 2502241 202493
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"I made this yesterday and it was very good. I did not cook it in a slow cooker as my chicken was frozen and I've read not to cook frozen meats in the slow cooker. I put every thing together in a large pot and cooked it on low heat most of the day. Even my picky eater liked it. I served it over spaghetti but a grandson said it would be good over rice; will try that next time."

pamdevone User ID: 3875916 21206
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"I liked this version of chicken Cacciatore, then chicken was tender and the sauce was good."

pretzeld User ID: 5747609 52065
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"Gloria, you can omit and/or substitute anything in any recipe, if it is not to your taste. You can just omit the mushrooms or try chopped green peppers, or onions, or olives, or celery. Experiment with the flavours that you like. That's what makes any recipe YOUR recipe."

7dogs1cat User ID: 6688461 25917
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"I recommend to every one, is so good and very easy to make, I put it together in the morning went to a movie, got home it smell so good, and dinner was done and DELICIOSO"

Gloria Huhtala User ID: 2789525 47414
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"I am highly allergic to mushrooms. Would it change the taste a lot if I left them out and what could I use in place of the mushrooms."

oanhpi User ID: 987324 16198
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"My famiy likes it. I used skinless & boneless thighs & drumsticks instead"

snbmyers04 User ID: 1991553 22968
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2010

"This recipe was delicious. I added half a green pepper and a small can of sliced black olives to it. I think I will make it with chicken breasts next time but very yummy!"

kellyngman User ID: 1438266 16183
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"I love the way that the chicken gets so tender in the crockpot! I usually just use chicken breasts instead of the broiler chicken. I also add 1-2 green bell pepper to mine, and some red pepper flakes because I like it a little more spicy. This recipe is delicious!"

homeoftaste User ID: 2580256 22967
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"This was excellent .... clearly marked my recipe to make it one of my favorite recipes."

justgottabezen User ID: 4387974 25001
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2009

"could I just use a slow cooker?"

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