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Chicken Cacciatore

close up overhead shot of chicken cacciatore in a dish
This chicken cacciatore is a classic, and is loaded with delicious vegetables. Juicy chicken is sauteed in a tasty white wine tomato sauce that is perfect served over pasta.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4
Calories 547 kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 6 chicken thighs boneless and skinless used here but bone-in and with or without skin are all great options
  • salt and pepper as needed
  • 1 to 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 to 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 to 2 thinly sliced shallots or 1/2 small yellow onion sliced
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sherry or dry white wine can substitute chicken broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced


  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat olive oil and butter over medium-high heat.
  • Pat chicken thighs with paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible. Add to heated skillet.
  • Brown chicken thighs, adding salt and pepper while cooking. 
  • When chicken thighs are browned on each side, add basil and oregano to the pan and saute 30 seconds longer.
  • Remove chicken from pan and set aside. Add shallots and minced garlic to the pan and cook over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until soft and fragrant. Add mushrooms to the pan and saute an additional 1 to 2 minutes until soft.
  • Sprinkle flour over the mushroom/shallot mixture and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add sherry or chicken broth and scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan, simmering for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Return the chicken to the pan. Add canned tomatoes, including juice, and diced bell pepper.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover with a lid, and cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.  If you would like your dish a bit saucier or if there is not much moisture from the canned tomatoes, you can add a bit of water or chicken broth.
  • Add additional salt and pepper to taste and serve hot over spaghetti noodles.
  • Parsley is not included in the ingredients list, but can be used as a garnish.


Sodium: 195mgCalcium: 70mgVitamin C: 30mgVitamin A: 904IUSugar: 4gFiber: 2gPotassium: 696mgCholesterol: 181mgCalories: 547kcalTrans Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 12gFat: 41gProtein: 30gCarbohydrates: 10gIron: 3mg