Chicken Cacciatore #BirdseyeRecipeReady

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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.

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You can use bone in chicken breasts or thighs…I just used the breasts. They are dredged in seasoned flour, then browned. Next the veggies are sauteed, wine added, then tomatoes, capers (don’t skip these) and oregano. 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. Well, with butter, half and half, sour cream and Parmesan, how could they be bad?

Chicken Cacciatore


  • 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


  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.

Yield: 4 servings

    Total time: 45 minutes


      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size
      Amount Per Serving As Served
      Calories 3729kcal Calories from fat 1910
      % Daily Value
      Total Fat 212g 326%
      Saturated Fat 55g 275%
      Transfat 1g
      Cholesterol 963mg 321%
      Sodium 6287mg 262%
      Carbohydrate 124g 41%
      Dietary Fiber 26g 104%
      Sugars 39g
      Protein 292g

      Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

      Calories 2000
      Total Fat Less than 65g
      Sat Fat Less than 25g
      Cholesterol Less than 300mg
      Sodium Less than 2,400mg
      Total Carbohydrate 300g
      Dietary Fiber 25g
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      Disclosure: Birds Eye provided me coupons for complimentary Recipe Ready. I was not compensated for writing this post and all opinions are my own.


      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. Hotly Spiced says:

        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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