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Easy Chicken Cacciatore Stew This no fuss chicken cacciatore stew recipe turns an extremely popular traditional family recipe into one that can be made any weeknight! I used boneless skinless chicken thighs to maximize the authentic flavor. I give stove top instructions, as well as instructions for freezing and slow cooker!

chicken cacciatore stew in a red dutch oven

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I think Italian food is probably my favorite out of all the cuisines.  I’m not talking about spaghetti and pizza.  I’m talking about recipes like this Easy Chicken Cacciatore or Italian Stuffed Chicken Breast.  And now I am realizing I don’t have nearly enough Italian recipes on my blog!

I love the idea of chicken cacciatore, but the traditional method uses whole pieces of chicken.  I am not against this method, but I wanted to make a version that was easier to make on a weeknight and didn’t involve grease splattering all over my stove top.

CHICKEN CACCIATORE STEW – CROCKPOT FREEZER MEAL

In addition to the stovetop version of this recipe, I am giving instructions for making this into a freezer meal.  It is as simple as throwing all of the ingredients into a freezer bag or bowl and freezing it for up to 2 months.  When you are ready to eat the meal, let it thaw overnight, and cook in the slow cooker on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.  You come home to a house smelling amazing and a delicious home cooked meal!

EASY CHICKEN CACCIATORE STEW – STOVETOP

For the stovetop version of this recipe, start with a heavy bottom pot like a dutch oven.  Heat the avocado oil over medium heat, and add the onion, red bell pepper, and garlic.  Sauté until soft, about 8 minutes.

diced red bell pepper and diced onion in a red dutch oven

Now we add the chicken and let it brown for a bit to develop some flavor.  Season with salt and pepper.

chicken pieces sautéing in a dutch oven

Now we add in the rest of the ingredients…diced tomatoes, capers, dried oregano, and fresh basil.

ingredients for chicken cacciatore stew in a red dutch oven

We are going to let this simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes to let the chicken cook all of the way through.

It turns into this delicious thick Italian stew with flavors that cannot be beat.  The capers are my favorite part!

chicken cacciatore stew in a red dutch oven with a wooden spoon

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chicken cacciatore stew in a red dutch oven with a wooden spoon
Easy Chicken Cacciatore Stew
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
This no fuss chicken cacciatore stew recipe turns an extremely popular traditional family recipe into one that can be made any weeknight! I used boneless skinless chicken thighs to maximize the authentic flavor. I give stove top instructions, as well as instructions for freezing and slow cooker!

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Course: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: crockpot freezer meal, easy chicken cacciatore
Servings: 6
Calories: 355 kcal
Author: Jennifer Banz
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons Avocado oil
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 Boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 28 ounce Can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3 Tablespoons Drained capers
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dried oregano
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the avocado oil over medium heat in a heavy bottom dutch oven.  Add in the diced onion, bell pepper, and garlic.  Sauté until soft, about 8 minutes.

  2. Add in the diced chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the chicken is browned on all sides.  add in the tomatoes, capers, oregano, and basil.  Simmer, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through.  10-15 minutes.  

  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve with a side salad, zucchini noodles, or spaghetti squash.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition assuming 24 ounces of chicken: 355 calories / 19g fat / 1g sat fat / 10g carbs / 3g fiber / 39g protein

 

  • Freezer and slow cooker instructions: throw all of the ingredients into a freezer bag or bowl and freeze for up to 2 months.  When you are ready to eat the meal, let it thaw overnight, and cook in the slow cooker on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.

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    • Suzy
    • April 18, 2019
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    Love, love, love this dish!

    • Chrissy
    • April 18, 2019
    Reply

    I love the capers in here! I never really use them but they add such a lovely salty, unique flavor to this chicken cacciatore!!

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