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Classic chicken cacciatore sitting on top of a grey platter over a bed of jasmine rice.

Easy Authentic Chicken Cacciatore

Sara Vaughn
This Easy Authentic Chicken Cacciatore is an Italian classic that is the ultimate comfort food that the whole family will love!
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 335 kcal

Equipment

  • Large Dutch Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 2 TBS Olive Oil
  • 2 LBS Bone-in Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Medium Yellow Bell Pepper sliced
  • 1 Medium Red Bell Pepper sliced
  • 1 Medium Orange Bell Pepper sliced
  • ½ C Baby Portobello Mushrooms sliced
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion sliced
  • 1 ½ C Carrots sliced
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 28 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 TBS Tomato Paste
  • 1 C Kalamata Olives pitted
  • 1 ½ C White Wine or chicken stock
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 TBS Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ C Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¼ C Fresh Parsley to garaish

Instructions
 

  • Dredge the chicken thighs lightly with arrowroot starch and season with salt and pepper.
  • Warm-up a heavy bottom stockpot (I use my favorite le Creuset for this dish.) over medium heat and preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Sear the chicken in the olive oil until it is nice and golden, then set them aside.
  • In the skillet, saute the onions, carrots, mushrooms, and bell peppers with half the seasoning until they start to soften and get a little bit of color.
  • Add in the minced garlic and then let it cook 1-2 more minutes.
  • Then add the crushed tomatoes, the wine (or chicken stock), balsamic vinegar, kalamata olives, and the remaining spices and give it a stir to combine.
  • Place the chicken thighs back into the sauce.
  • Cover and transfer the dish to the oven and cook for 45 minutes to an hour or until the sauce has thickened and the chicken falls off the bone tender.

Notes

Use bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs for best results.
Use a large dutch oven type of pan so it can quickly go from stovetop to oven in a flash.
Sub the white wine for chicken stock if desired.
 
Keyword chicken,, italian, slow cooked