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Zippy Chicken Cacciatore

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.
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stir in parsley. Simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes longer or until sauce is thickened. Serve over spaghetti if desired.
Nutrition 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.
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  • ellimaye1
    Jul 31, 2020

    After years of watching "Everyone Loves Raymond" and hearing about chicken cacciatore, I finally made this to use up a can of stewed tomatoes. It was delicious!!! Easy to make and tasted even better because we had fresh basil, oregano, and parsley from our garden. It is going in the recipe book!

  • lvarner
    May 2, 2018

    I really enjoyed this dish. The only change I made was to add about 1/4 cup of red wine to the sauce. This recipe was fairly easy to make, and it tasted great.

  • mmskulski
    Jun 30, 2017

    Got rave reviews from family members. Used boneless chicken thighs and 1/2 c white wine, So easy. I have done it in the crock pot and on the stove simmering. Both were great!

  • dawnrosanne
    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
    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
    Oct 15, 2015

    One of mine & my husbands favorites! The chicken gets so tender and the sauce is amazing!

  • fascinator
    Apr 9, 2015

    This was good. Used some roasted chopped chicken instead of chicken breast cause I had it. Added diced onion.

  • Queenlalisa
    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
    Mar 12, 2014

    Kids & husband loved this!

  • ConnieK
    Aug 18, 2012

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