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Garden Chicken Cacciatore

Here’s the perfect Italian meal to serve company. While simmering, it frees you up to visit with your guests and always receives rave reviews! I like to serve it with hot cooked pasta, a tossed salad and a dry red wine. Mangia! —Martha Schirmacher, Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 12 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 3 pounds)
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water


  • Place chicken in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine green peppers, tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, broth, wine, garlic, salt and pepper; pour over chicken. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until chicken is tender.
  • In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into slow cooker. Cook, covered, on high 30 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
To prepare as a freezer meal: In a gallon-size zip top freezer bag or air-tight freezer container, layer chopped green peppers, onions, garlic, salt, pepper and chicken. Seal. Freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator before use.
To Prepare Freezer Meal in a Slow Cooker: Empty contents of bag into slow cooker; add tomatoes, tomato paste, broth and red wine. Cook as directed.
To Prepare in an Electric Pressure Cooker: Empty contents of bag into a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker; add tomatoes, tomato paste, broth and red wine. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 10 minutes. Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes and quick-release any remaining pressure. (A thermometer inserted in chicken should read at least 165°.) Thicken sauce as directed.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounces cooked chicken with about 1/2 cup sauce: 207 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 410mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • Karla
    Nov 29, 2018

    I love Cacciatore and this sounded easy for me to translate to an Instant Pot. I am new to IP since doing crock pot recipes for years! It came out amazing! My hubby doesn't like Green Bell Peppers, so I used 1 and it still came out excellent! Served with Angel Hair Pasta. Definitely a keeper and will make again!! Thank you

  • mrs._white
    Aug 31, 2016

    Easy to make, used regular tomatoes instead of one with seasonings and added the garlic, basil, and oregano myself. (1tbsp. of each) and I would definitely add a tbsp. of sugar, otherwise it will be acidic. My daughter gave it 5 stars and my hubby gave it a 3.5 or 4. My picky son even ate it, which is always a win!

  • Brossi
    Jun 17, 2016

    Was easy to prepare but tasted a little bland. Added some chilli powder, chicken stock powder and a little sugar to boost the flavour. Was still missing something. Still, we enjoyed it. Would have this again. Our fussy 12yo gave this a 10! That's a winner on its own! Thank for a lovely recipe.

  • Susiew122
    Nov 21, 2015

    Made as the recipe says, served over egg noodles. Took to a potluck dinner, delicious !

  • Orbs
    Aug 1, 2015

    I used vegetarian chicken cutlets instead of the chicken thighs; and I served them on croissants for lunch. Very delicious. Thanks, Martha, for sharing this recipe.

  • KittieCatt
    Apr 24, 2015

    I can only rate this recipe on the ingredients and the easy directions, since I have not yet made it - but it sounds very tasty. I'll definitely make this on a busy day. Twelve servings you say? Not as far as my guys are concerned (LOL)! : )

  • kmcope
    Feb 4, 2015

    Really good, easy, and economical. Family loved it! Prepared as written.

  • katt1703
    Aug 29, 2014

    I added cooked rice to the pot, and it was great.

  • pscholz1
    Jun 23, 2014

    We tried this last week for the first time, and everyone loved it. It's a keeper!

  • rllewis7
    Apr 27, 2014

    A simple and easy recipe. The sauce is very flavorful and the chicken thighs turn out moist and fall-apart tender every time!