Chicken Cacciatore ~ Simple skillet dinner of chicken, onions, peppers, and mushrooms in an herbed diced tomatoes sauce. Are there dishes that move in and out of popularity in your house? Growing up, Mom2 made a set of recipes on a regular basis, then one day, they just faded from the family menu. Then time went by and we’d ask, hey, remember that dish with ‘the this’ and ‘the that?’ Can you make that again? Then the dish would return to the menu rotation.
Chicken cacciatore is one of those dishes that was in heavy rotation and then just kind of disappeared. When I was out on my own and in college, I wanted to make it. It sounded good. I called and got the recipe, but I omitted the mushrooms. I hated mushrooms for the majority of my life, until about 2008 when all of sudden their delicious ways were revealed to me. Now I can’t get enough of them.
First post of the New Year and I am already on a tangent.
For years now I have been making chicken cacciatore, either in the slow cooker or like this one, in a skillet. The slow cooker version is here, but the pictures are horrible, so someday I will get around to updating them, but the recipe is good, promise.
This is one of my favorite, go-to, I-don’t-know-what-to-make-but-I-need-something-delicious meals.
Chicken Cacciatore in a Skillet
- Chicken pieces (4 thighs and 3 drummers)
- 3 bell peppers (differently hued); sliced
- 1 small onion , sliced
- 8 oz sliced mushrooms
- 1-28 oz can petite diced tomatoes
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 2 cloves garlic; minced/grated
- 1/2 tsp salt and pepper; plus more
- 2 tbsp olive oil and/or butter
In a large (12") skillet, heat the butter/oil over medium high heat.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper and sear the chicken on all sides to a crispy golden color.
Remove from heat and add the vegetables, mix in.
In a bowl, mix the tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic together and pour over the chicken and veggies. Using a spoon, help some of the sauce to work its way down, but it will all settle during cooking.
Toss in a preheated, 350° oven and cook uncovered for 35-40 minutes or until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°.
Serve over rice, potatoes, pasta, or enjoy it all on its own.
Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLifeJanuary 3, 2016 at 11:33 pm
What a wonderful dinner recipe to add to our weeknight dinner rotation! I also didn’t used to like mushrooms until after college. Now I love cooking with them, too 🙂 I’ll go check out your slow cooker version of this recipe as well – thanks!
Michelle De La CerdaJanuary 3, 2016 at 11:38 pm
Thank you Marlynn. I find it amusing how much tastebuds can change over time. The slow cooker recipe is good, but the photos are not great.
Adriana MartinJanuary 4, 2016 at 2:25 am
I love Italian food and this chicken cacciatore looks delicious and easy to make. Congrats amiga great job!
ShelbyJanuary 4, 2016 at 4:36 am
I absolutely love cooking in a cast iron skillet! I don’t make cacciatore often because Grumpy thinks he doesn’t like peppers, but I LOVE it!
Kristen @ A Mind Full MomJanuary 4, 2016 at 6:57 am
Quick skillet dinners are always a win, espcecially when filled with so much flavor!
Kacey @ The Cookie WriterJanuary 4, 2016 at 7:01 am
Mushrooms make everything better!! I love this caccitore, and it is something my husband and daughter would have no qualms about. Heck, I could serve this every day with how easy it is!
jamieJanuary 4, 2016 at 7:22 am
That looks amazing!
Denise WrightJanuary 4, 2016 at 7:51 am
I love chicken cacciatore! It’s one of the few things my husband can make….except he also makes a huge mess. Yours looks delicious and beautiful!
Florian @ContentednessCookingJanuary 4, 2016 at 8:37 am
This looks so easy and flavorful. I would replace the chicken with some tofu or tempeh to make it vegan! 🙂
Faye WilkersonJanuary 4, 2016 at 10:06 am
A great recipe for legs and thighs. This week they are on sell for .39 cents a pound. Your recipe came at just the right time.
Terri/Love and ConfectionsJanuary 4, 2016 at 11:47 am
My grandmother used to make chicken cacciatore for our Sunday meal often. The smell always brings back great memories!
Analida's Ethnic SpoonJanuary 4, 2016 at 12:55 pm
I haven’t made this in quite a while and I will have to try your recipe. Looks fantastic!
Megan | Allergy Free AlaskaJanuary 4, 2016 at 1:11 pm
This looks delicious and so easy to make! I’ve never had chicken cacciatore before (can you believe that?!). Time to give it a go! Thanks for the recipe. 😉
Linda @ Food HuntressJanuary 4, 2016 at 1:28 pm
Some of my favorite ingredients! Nice pictures!
KristynJanuary 4, 2016 at 3:28 pm
This looks so flavorful and delicious! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
[email protected] Plaid & Paisley KitchenJanuary 4, 2016 at 3:34 pm
I really like Chicken Cacciatore. This is a good recipe version. Thanks for sharing!
Caroline | carolinescookingJanuary 4, 2016 at 6:01 pm
This looks so delicious and I love the flavors in there. Yum!
Laura @MotherWouldKnowJanuary 4, 2016 at 6:04 pm
Chicken cacciatore has always been a weeknight comfort food dinner for me. Although I have a slow cooker, somehow things sauteed or baked in the oven always taste better to me (except soups), so I’m not surprised that your oven-baked version looks better. And yes, I know just how it goes with dinners that get in “heavy rotation” and then disappear. This is one to keep in the rotation – or bring back if it’s gone “on hiatus:)”
CathyJanuary 4, 2016 at 7:06 pm
This is my Dad’s favorite dish! It looks mouthwatering amazing!
MichelleJanuary 4, 2016 at 7:32 pm
I can’t wait to try this sometime this week. The kids are going to love it and with some big slices of garlic bread I bet I win some major points with them.
Debra C.January 4, 2016 at 7:43 pm
Oh this looks fabulous – love chicken cacciatore!
Michelle | A Dish of Daily LifeJanuary 4, 2016 at 10:30 pm
I need to add this one to my dinner rotation. I tend to get stuck in a rut. I know my family would love this! 🙂
Ashlyn @ Belle of the KitchenJanuary 5, 2016 at 1:00 am
What a big skillet full of comfort food! My mom used to make chicken cacciatore a lot when we were growing up, too, but I’ve never made it myself. Thanks so much for the recipe!
Jillian @ Food, Folks and FunJanuary 5, 2016 at 1:12 am
I love chicken cacciatore, yours looks amazing!
Cami @ The Crafting NookJanuary 5, 2016 at 4:35 am
This looks amazing!!!! One of my favorite dish and I’m so trying this recipe!!! Yum!!!
Justine | Cooking and BeerJanuary 5, 2016 at 9:02 am
Chicken cacciatore in a skillet?! Genius!
MelanieJanuary 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm
I have a family member who says this is his favorite dish. I will have to try your version!
Platter TalkJanuary 30, 2016 at 7:19 am
For some reason, I’ve had this very dish on my mind for a few days now, Michelle. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s because I love chicken. Regardless, I can only imagine how wonderful this dish must have tasted. I especially love that you put it all together in my favorite kitchen too; the skillet! Fantastic job, as always.
Michelle De La CerdaJanuary 30, 2016 at 9:51 am
Thank you Dan. I hope you make your own version soon and share it with all of us. I have no doubt it will be impressive.
Manila Spoon (Abigail)January 31, 2016 at 8:30 pm
I love Chicken Cacciatore! Your version looks very tasty and love that you used chicken thighs and drumsticks as they are my fave!
Michelle De La CerdaFebruary 1, 2016 at 1:39 am
Thank you Abigail, those are my favorite pieces as well.
KaterinaFebruary 1, 2016 at 8:42 am
Oh man, this is such a delicious chicken! It looks so flavorful and inviting!
Michelle De La CerdaFebruary 1, 2016 at 10:52 am
Thank you Katerina.
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