Chicken Cacciatore

 Chicken cacciatore is hands down one of my favorite one-pot Italian dishes. It’s savory and zesty and slightly creamy. 

You might be used to spooning something like this over pasta, but trust me when I say it is not necessary. Make it for family or good friends or anyone who you really care about. Because one bite of this and they’ll get that message loud and clear.

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe 

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 chopped zucchini
  • 5 oz frozen spinach
  • 5 oz diced onion
  • 4 oz sliced baby Bella mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons oregano / Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 15 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • Olive oil cooking spray

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray heavy bottomed oven-safe pan with olive oil and allow time to heat up. (If you don’t have an oven-safe pan, transfer everything to a casserole dish before putting in the oven).
  3. Seasoned chicken with s/p oregano on both sides and cook on a medium high heat for 3-4 minutes per side. Set aside. (The chicken doesn’t have to be cooked through since it’s going to finish cooking in the oven).
  4. Respray pan and sauté diced onion until soft and translucent.
  5. Add thickly diced zucchini and stir until slightly soft (3-4 minutes).
  6. Add in mushrooms, garlic salt, pepper and oregano and stir until soft.
  7. Add sliced bell pepper and stir until soft.
  8. Mix in already thawed spinach, mixing it in slowly (because there’s a lot of it!)
  9. Sprinkle in basil (or basil paste if you prefer, though it’ll add more salt).
  10. Pour in crushed tomatoes and stir to coat.
  11. Stir in whipping cream.
  12. Stir in wine.
  13. Carefully mix everything together (so it doesn’t splatter everywhere) simmer uncovered for a few minutes until sauce blends and thickens slightly.
  14. Place chicken back in the pan on top of the sauce mixture.
  15. Place pan uncovered in oven for 25 minutes until skin is slightly crisp and internal chicken temperature is at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  16. Sprinkle some Parmesan and fresh parsley on top top and serve over zucchini noodles, grain-free pasta, or just spoon the yumminess into a bowl and eat it as is!

81 Comments

  1. Louise Staves

    It’s finally here..yay!!!!!??

  2. This Chicken Cacciatore looks so very hearty and delicious!! Can’t wait to try your recipe, I know my husband will go nuts for this too!

  3. I’ll be trying this tonight, looks great!

  4. Yay, Gina! So happy for you! Very excited to try these recipes! Just a quick question: is there a print feature for these recipes?

  5. Yes!!!! These recipes look AMAZING! You already score points with me for putting up with Bryan every day. But now you reach hero status for sharing your cooking with us! I’m excited to try these!

  6. So excited for this website – will be trying EVERYHING!! Already huge success with hasselback chicken and Thai chicken soup!

  7. Andy Zikmund

    So glad you started this! LOVE you on ACS. I missed the spinach and minced garlic in the directions. I threw em in there where I assumed they would go. Just thought I’d be a jerk and bring it up (sorry) 🙂 thanks for the great website!!

  8. Taylor Putnam

    Literally making this right now and my whole kitchen smells heavenly!! Couldn’t resist after ACS today

  9. Amy shreves

    Listened to you talking about it on the way home I had everything by mushrooms so I made it and it’s a winner !!! Thank you

  10. So excited to see the blog up and running! I’ve been eating mostly keto for the better part of three years now, lost close to 50 pounds and have never felt better. Your recipes go to show that eating this way is never boring and also how fun it is to get creative in the kitchen. Also, the pictures are drool-worthy.

  11. Hey Gina, I gave this a whirl last night (served over zucchini noodles) and it was a hit with my wife. However, the recipe above seems to be missing when to add the basil and spinach. Not a big deal, I’m pretty good at winging it, but for those by-the-book folks, maybe an revision is needed?)

    Thanks for the past several months of recipes! Keep them coming!

  12. Katie Evenson

    Maybe I am missing something, but when do you put the 5 oz of spinach in? Can’t wait to make!

  13. Jessica Conant

    I am so excited for you Gina! I have made most of your dishes and love them, will be making this tomorrow for guests…wish me luck following you!

  14. Made it last night. So good! Thanks, Gina!

  15. Cathy Wiggin

    Ok G it is pouring rain today and I promised my hubby something warm and hearty for dinner! I’m heading out to gather my ingredients and will whip this up tonight!!! Thanks for going the extra mile with all that you do!!

  16. Laura Deibert

    I just made this for my husband and I and it was AMAZING!! Keep it up I can’t wait to try more 🙂

  17. Great dish. I just made it for the family and it was a hit.
    Just an FYI. Recipe calls for frozen spinach and basil, but the directions do not say when to add them.
    Looking forward to the next one.

  18. Matt Schreiner

    Looks fantastic!

  19. James Feinstein

    Insanely good! The zucchini adds heartiness. The cream and wine adds perfection. Threw some capers on top with the parmesan and parsley to finish off your outstanding recipe. Thanks!

  20. Bill Yard

    I made your Chicken Cacciatore recipe last night. Well done! That was a tremendous dish. Keep ‘em coming.

  21. This dish is AMAZING! Made it the other night and we loved it. Even good the next day for lunch. Make it, you won’t be disappointed.

  22. Marietta Tower

    I made this last night and served it over riced caulifower and it was awesome! One suggestion/request – if it isn’t too hard can you add a “print” button next to the recipe so it can easily be printed with correct formatting? I want to print all your recipes to a pdf for my recipe file!

  23. Lisa Young

    Mmmmm cooking this now except I cut up the chicken for easy lunch packing… My house smells like heaven!!!!

  24. Absolutely delicious. No pasta needed.

  25. Jen Bishop

    You’re inspiring fans in Oklahoma! Chicken Cacciatore was a hit. Love your new blog! #nsng

  26. Gina, Gina Graaaaaad! Awesome recipe. Made it this weekend and it was perfect, still enjoying leftovers. Loved how adding the veggies in the order you wrote added moisture as the mushrooms and zucchini released their water and kept it all from scorching. My best friend is excited to try it since the cream and wine are new to her. Bravo! Can’t wait to try your other recipes. Xoxo

  27. Veronica Gordon

    O-M-G! Gina I’m speechless! Your chicken cacciatore was absolutely scrumptious! Easy to follow recipe and quite affordable! Thank you for sharing ? keep’em coming

  28. Michele Cryan

    It’s off the charts freezing cold up here, usually by March it’s kinda nice. So I’m making this Sunday and having with wine. I wonder if Coconut Milk would make a nice substitute????

    • You can absolutely try subbing coconut milk! It DOES tend to have a bit of a coconut-y taste but all the other ingredients should hide it!! xoxo

  29. christi szrejter

    I made this the other night and the whole family loved it, even the sick kid!! Not to offend Adam but it was pretty easy to make ??

  30. Dave Rodgers

    Awesome recipe! Family loved it. Tastes better the next day. Keep the grain free hits coming, Gina!!

  31. Rachel Fournier

    This recipe turned out fabulous, so delicious and satisfying!

  32. This is a FABULOUS recipe! It is soooooooo savory. I will make it frequently. Thank you for sharing these awesome recipes with us!

  33. Yvonne Ennis

    My husband and I made this recipe tonight and it was delicious!!! Thank you for your sharing!

  34. Debby Crowson

    Made this last night and tweaked it for my Instant Pot. Because….lazy 😂 Flavors were spot on, delish! Served it over zucchini spiral “noodles” …. family gave it a 👍

  35. I cannot wait to try this one GG. It looks fantastic!

  36. Made this for dinner and my husband wanted to know why I made something so “fancy”. And I love any recipe that gives me 6 veggies in one meal. This one is going to go into the rotation. Thanks!

  37. Just made this for dinner and let me say this was delicious!! Flavors, textures are amazing. I feel like this sauce was simmering all day, it’s so flavorful. Thank you for posting this recipe. Can’t wait to make this again.

  38. Been loving your recipes, Gina! I made this tonight and my family loved it. My 16 month old especially liked the zucchini. Glad I tried it (I tried the radish au gratin a couple weeks ago and have made it about 6 times since then).

  39. This is SO good!!! It’s the best cacciatore I’ve ever had. This has become a staple ever since I first heard Gina talk about this on Carolla’s podcast. We serve it over caulirice sautéed in a little butter, and I always double the recipe and we have it for lunch for a few days! It reheats super well. Make this!

  40. Michele Pafundi

    Are these recipes good for people who are diabetic and have high sugar?They cant have pasta or carbs? I want to show them they can have good healthy food, they dont eat well.
    I have a couple of friends who come over and i would love to cook them a healthy meal but wanted to make sure these recipes are good for them?

    • These recipes are specifically dishes without almost any sugar or grain so hopefully they’d work for you! xoxo, gg

  41. Its good as your other content : D, thanks for posting.

  42. You are a very smart person!

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