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Easy Chicken Cacciatore

This Easy Chicken Cacciatore Recipe is a fabulous weeknight meal that’s quick and packed full of flavor from tomatoes peppers, onions, garlic, capers, herbs and more!

Chicken_Cacciatore on a plate with mashed potatoes

Easy Chicken Cacciatore

This chicken cacciatore recipe is finger licking good! Use either bone in chicken breasts or thighs or both. I just used the breasts to make this dish most appealing to my picky family. Did you know that bone in chicken is more flavorful than boneless? The flavor “in” the bones permeates the meat while cooking making a richer, meatier taste.

How to Make This Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Once you have your chicken and other ingredients purchased you’re ready to go!

  • First, dredge your chicken in seasoned flour, then brown all sides in olive oil.
  • Next the veggies are sauteed, wine added, then tomatoes, capers (don’t skip these) and oregano.
  • Besides using bone in chicken, another way to enhance the flavor is with wine. Unless you prefer to not cook with wine, make sure to deglaze the pan with wine.
  • Almost 100% of the alcohol cooks off, leaving another fabulous layer of flavor.
  • Layer upon layer of flavor make for an extraordinary entree.
  • I served these with Ina Garten’s Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, except I peeled the potatoes. Wow, were those amazing, too. Well, with butter, half and half, sour cream and Parmesan, how could they be bad?

More Tips for an Easy Weeknight Meal

Many dinners involve chopping veggies. From the classic mirepoix (celery, onions and carrots) to the Holy Trinity (celery, onions and bell peppers), these combinations add an incredible flavor base to numerous recipes.

But there are times during the busy months of November and December that I need a short cut. And Birds Eye’s Recipe Ready pre-chopped  frozen veggies are truly a time saving product that you’ll want to add to your freezer. The hubby was thrilled with this Chicken Cacciatore, and using the Chopped Seasoning Blend with diced green and red peppers, onions and celery saved me 10 minutes of washing and chopping.  

Later in the week I used the Chopped Onions and Garlic in my Black Bean Chili.

Easy Chicken Cacciatore in a bowl with mashed potatoes

 

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Chicken_Cacciatore on a plate with mashed potatoes

Chicken Cacciatore

A classic Italian dish with tomatoes, mushrooms and herbs for an easy comforting dinner!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree, Chicken
  • Method: Sauteing
  • Cuisine: Italian American

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts with skin and backbone
  • 2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour, for dredging
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 14-ounce bag Birds Eye Recipe Ready Chopped Seasoning Blend (or one medium onion and one red bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine, I used vermouth
  • 1 ( 28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3/4 chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons drained capers
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, salt and pepper in large ziploc bag. Add chick breasts, one at a time, and shake in bag till each is covered with flour. Set on plate till oil is heated.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat the oil on medium high. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and saute just until brown, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside. Add the chopped veggies and garlic to the same pan and saute over medium heat until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the wine and simmer until liquid is reduced in half. Add the tomatoes with their juice, broth, capers and oregano. Return the chicken to the pan and turn them to coat in the sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Continue simmering over until the chicken is just cooked through, about 30 minutes.
  3. Serve over Parmesan mashed potatoes, rice or pasta. Sprinkle with fresh basil to serve.

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20 comments on “Easy Chicken Cacciatore”

  1. I would also eat a big plate of cacciatore for breakfast. Liz, stop making me so hungry. 🙂

  2. This looks incredible Liz! Love the capers and all the veggies in here and it sounds so flavorful from the spices and herbs. Pinning will have to try making this for dinner soon, thanks for sharing Liz 🙂

  3. Yummm – wonderful comfort food for a cold winter’s day!

  4. What a great, comforting meal. As I listen to the cold wind whip the trees outside, I am imagining this for dinner tonight. Great tips!

  5. Sounds like a nice hearty meal Liz:@)

  6. My JT makes an amazing chicken cacciatore, it’s such a warm, comforting meal. Most recently he discovered an amazing trick! By adding a pinch of bicarbonate of soda to the tomato sauce it significantly reduces the acidity of the sauce thereby making it seem sweeter! I had to ask him if you put sugar in the tomato sauce because it really tasted like it!
    The frozen vegetables are a perfect time saver. Pairing it with those decadent mashed potatoes really sound wonderful.

  7. Lovely tasty dish, like a warm hug after coming in from a cold walk. It’s quite low in cals too so you could say it’s skinny chicken from a skinny chick. 🙂

  8. Look really delicious Lizzy!!

  9. Delicious! I’m hungry now.

  10. Next week I’ll be flying to Florida and will be cooking meals for my dad and step-mom…Sooo, this intro to the Bird’s Eye Blend is appreciated. Love the addition of wine to amp up the taste, too =)

  11. Not many actual meals being cooked around here. We’ve been eating less and I’m prepping for all the cooking and baking that will be happening soon. A meal like this would be heavenly. It looks like a crowd pleaser.

  12. I take short cuts all the time when cooking 🙂 This looks great!

  13. I love these flavors, especially on a chilly December evening when I’m craving warmth!

  14. You have completely solved my what for dinner dilemma. I just took out some chicken to unthaw for tonights dinner. I love how quick and easy this recipe is. Wishing you a super weekend. take care, BAM

  15. Your chicken cacciatore looks amazing! Mine never came out so good like yours.

  16. My father used to work for Birds Eye and so when we were growing up we had a freezer full of frozen vegetables. A chicken cacciatore is a wonderful family meal and I often make it for people who need a meal delivered to them – having a new baby, moving house, etc xx

  17. With a meal like this, I’d stick around for leftovers.

  18. Fabulous dish, Liz! And perfect for a holiday weekend!

  19. I just had dinner but could totally go for another round with this dinner. Yum, yum!!

  20. My mom loves chicken cacciatore! I’ll have to pass this time saver on to her! Thanks, Liz!

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