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This recipe for one pot italian chicken cacciatore is a classic dish made with braised chicken and an assortment of vegetables, all cooked together in a flavorful tomato sauce for an easy dinner with less dishes at the end.
Remember a few weeks ago how I was talking about our gorgeous spring weather here in California? Now, not so much. It’s been dark, gloomy and raining here for about 10 days straight! I am back in comfort food mode and there’s no better way to do comfort food than a classic like Italian chicken cacciatore. Best of all, it’s a one pot meal so you won’t be doing dozens of dishes at the end of the night.
Aside from the one pot meal factor, my other favorite part about this Italian chicken cacciatore is that the ingredient list is short and simple. There’s definitely a time and place for more elaborate meals but it’s great when you can get bold flavors without having a shopping list that’s a mile long. I bought most of the ingredients for this recipe at Walmart, including Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes in the canned foods aisle, peppers, mushrooms and onions in the produce section and a hearty bread from the bakery to serve on the side.
This dish is made even easier by a few tricks and shortcuts. I like to use Hunt’s Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, this variety adds a ton of flavor without any extra work.
I also speed up prep time by re-purposing a few kitchen tools. I use my egg slicer to slice mushrooms, it’s so much quicker than using a knife! This trick also works with strawberries too.
While you can really use any type of black olive in this recipe, I prefer to buy specialty olives like kalamata or nicoise, they add SO much flavor. The problem is that a lot of times these olives come with the pits still in them. I use my cherry pitter to make quick work of this task!
This Italian chicken cacciatore recipe starts by cooking the chicken and vegetables on the stove. After everything is browned and caramelized the Hunt’s tomatoes go into the pan and everything goes into the oven to bake to perfection. I used bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs here because I think they have the most flavor, but you could substitute boneless skinless thighs or even breasts if you prefer.
You can either serve this dish as-is, add a side salad or pick up a bread to serve on the side. I grabbed a Tuscan bread at Walmart and added a little butter and Italian seasoning to make garlic bread.
Whether it’s bright and sunny outside or cold and dreary, this Italian chicken cacciatore always hits the spot. You can get some more great comfort food recipes on the Yes You Can website. What’s your favorite comfort food? This cacciatore is definitely at the top of my list!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided use
- 4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs (can substitute boneless skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts)
- 1 and ½ cups thinly sliced bell peppers (I used both red and green)
- 1 cup thinly sliced onion
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- ½ cup black olives, pitted and halved
- 1 14.5 ounce can of Hunt's Diced Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic & Oregano Flavor (undrained)
- salt and pepper to taste.
- Optional garnish: fresh basil leaves
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees,
- In a large deep pan heat 2 teaspoons of olive over medium high heat. Season the chicken generously on both sides with salt and pepper.
- Place the chicken, skin side down in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes or until deep golden brown.
- Flip the chicken and cook on the other side until browned, 5-6 minutes.
- Remove the chicken from the pan and place on a plate.
- Add the remaining teaspoon of olive oil to the pan along with the onions, peppers and mushrooms.
- Cook for 7-9 minutes or until vegetables have softened and are starting to brown. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper.
- Add the can of tomatoes and olives to the pan, stir to combine.
- Place the chicken back in the pan on top of the tomato-vegetable mixture. Spoon some of the tomato mixture over the chicken.
- Cover the pan and put it in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes or until chicken is done.
- Remove the pan from the oven and serve, garnished with basil leaves if desired.