Chicken Cacciatore is a flavorful, rustic Italian dish made with seasoned chicken that is submerged in a mouthwatering tomato sauce with peppers, onions, garlic, and fresh herbs. This a simple one-pot dish that is easy to make. Served over pasta, rice, or quinoa, this is a filling dish that can feed the entire family.
I love an easy one-pot dish! Chicken Cacciatore is amongst my favorite one-pot meals to make. It is incredibly flavorful, healthy, and ks a nice variation on your typical chicken dish. The sauce is made completely from scratch. While that sounds very impressive, it is actually quite simple. All you need is a can of organic diced tomatoes along with some fresh herbs, peppers, garlic, and seasonings to make this hearty sauce. I like to add eggplant whenever I made tomato sauce simply because I love the complexity it adds to the sauce while making it even more healthy and heartier.
For this recipe you will need:
Chicken: You can use bone-in chicken or boneless. I prefer to use bone-in chicken because as the dish is simmering, the bones help to create a rich, robust sauce. Make sure to get quality meat like Buy Ranch Direct’s Grass-fed and Finished Meat.
Diced Tomatoes: You’ll need at least a 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes, possibly more (~10 oz) if you like your chicken extra saucy! San Marzano Italian Chopped Tomatoes are the best for this recipe.
Eggplant: This is completely optional. I LOVE eggplant and find it helps to create a thicker, more robust sauce. If you want, you can skip the eggplant and skip this step when cooking.
Peppers: The more peppers the better! Red and Green peppers are great additions to this dish. One each would complement the sauce perfectly.
Seasonings: The seasonings you need for this dish are simple: Italian Seasoning, Oregano, Dried Parsley, Salt and Pepper. I like to season my chicken with Cayenne Pepper just to give the chicken an extra kick.
Fresh Herbs: The secret to a mouthwatering sauce is to use herbs! I love adding fresh basil and oregano to this dish. When I made this dish I only had sage on hand and it worked perfectly as well!
What do you serve with Chicken Cacciatore?
Chicken Cacciatore is a great dish to serve over pasta, rice, or quinoa. You’ll serve the chicken with a generous helping of the sauce and whatever you place under the chicken will soak up the flavors of the sauce, which makes for heavenly bites throughout the entire meal.
How can I make this flavorful Chicken Cacciatore dish at home?
There are three ways that I will share with you to help so that you can make this dish no matter what cookware you have at home. There are a few ways you can make this dish. What is most important is that you take the time to lightly pan sear the chicken before adding it to the sauce. Crucial Step!
In my video and instructed below, is how to make chicken cacciatore on the stove top in a cast iron (or oven-safe skillet). The chicken is seasoned first and then transferred to the stove where it is lightly pan seared. This step not only enhances the flavor of the chicken, but also seals in the flavor while creating a perfect golden crust. After the chicken has been cooked for about 4 minutes on each side, it is removed from the heat and set aside. If you are following this method, simply follow the instructions below.
If you would like to cook this dish in the oven, you have two options:
- If you are using a cast-iron or oven-safe skillet, you can sear the chicken, set it aside, then make the sauce as instructed below. Instead of allowing the chicken to cook over a low simmer, you can transfer the chicken to the oven at 400°F for 30-45 minutes (or until it reached an internal temperature of 165°F).
- If you do not have an oven-safe skillet, you can first sear the chicken, then transfer the chicken and all of the recipe ingredients into an oven-safe baking dish. Then, you will bake the dish in the oven at 400°F for 30-45 minutes (or until it reached an internal temperature of 165°F).
If you would like to cook this dish in the slow cooker, you simply pan sear the chicken first. Then, transfer the chicken and all the ingredients into the Crockpot. Cook on High for 4-5 hours or on low for 5-8 hours.
Regardless of how you choose to make this dish, you will be completely satisfied once it is done. This mouthwatering dish is the ultimate crowd pleaser and perfect for an easy gourmet dinner at home!
- 4 Chicken Thighs (bone-in, skin on)
- 3 Chicken Legs
- 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
- 1 Large Eggplant, cubed
- 1 Large Red Bell Pepper, chopped
- 1 Large Green Pepper, Chopped
- 3-5 Garlic Cloves
- 1/2 Red Onion, Chopped
- 3 tbsp Fresh Herbs (Sage, Oregano, Basil)
- 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 2 tsp Oregano
- 1 tsp Dried Parsley
- 1 tsp Salt, plus more to taste
- 1 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper, plus more to taste
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, optional
- 4 tbsp Olive Oil
- Season both sides of the the chicken with salt, pepper, oregano, and cayenne pepper.
- In a large cast-iron, heat 2 tbsp Olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and saute for 4-5 minutes on each side to form a golden brown crust. Cook the chicken in two batches if all of it does not fit in the pan. Once done, transfer the chicken to a pan and set aside.
- Add onion to the pan and saute for 3 minutes, or until tender. Then, add garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes. Add eggplant (optional) and saute for 10 minutes, or until golden-brown.
- Add the tomatoes with their juice and fresh herbs. Add the chicken back to the sauce, making sure to chicken is submerged in the sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the dish, allowing it to simmer for 30-40 minutes.
- Serve the chicken over pasta, rice, or quinoa. Sprinkle with basil and Enjoy!