Chicken Cacciatore

Total Time:
55 min
15 min
40 min

4 servings

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 2 chicken breasts with skin and backbone, halved crosswise
  • 2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour, for dredging
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 ( 28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons drained capers
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves

Sprinkle the chicken pieces with 1 teaspoon of each salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour to coat lightly.

In a large heavy saute pan, heat the oil over a medium-high flame. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and saute just until brown, about 5 minutes per side. If all the chicken does not fit in the pan, saute it in 2 batches. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside. Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic to the same pan and saute over medium heat until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juice, broth, capers and oregano. Return the chicken pieces to the pan and turn them to coat in the sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Continue simmering over medium-low heat until the chicken is just cooked through, about 30 minutes for the breast pieces, and 20 minutes for the thighs.

Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a platter. If necessary, boil the sauce until it thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Spoon off any excess fat from atop the sauce. Spoon the sauce over the chicken, then sprinkle with the basil and serve.

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Delicious! I had two unexpected guests for supper and needed a way to stretch the three pieces of chicken breast that I had. I had most of the ingredients on hand, with the exception of a few items. I substituted apple juice for the wine, instead of diced tomatoes I used crushed tomatoes, and I didn't have capers so I had to omit them. The recipe was extremely easy to follow. We put the chicken and sauce over a bed of noodles and everyone raved about it! There was even enough for seconds! I just had to share a review to let you know. This one's a keeper, thanks for the recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow....this was delicious and simple to put together. I used all thighs. Next time I may try it with skinless thighs. It makes plenty of sauce. Make sure you have some nice italian bread to sop up the sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you can't follow the recipe, I'm not interested in your post...and probably no one else is either! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was amazing! made it with and without the fresh basil--the fresh basil makes all the difference! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG this is absolute and fabulous.....thank you. I have made this for a friend who is convalescing her mom and she finally ate. I have made it again and again.....a wonderful, simple dinner for all to enjoy, item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is amazing! Absolutely delicious and will be adding to my dinner rotation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
'This is the most incredible Chicken Cacciatore I've ever tasted!!! It was easy to make too. I will be putting this one my FAVORITES list! Thank you Giada! Bon Appetite everyone! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hey folks, this is what chicken cacciatore is supposed to taste like. It's quintessential comfort food. Thanks Giada. item not reviewed by moderator and published
As usual with ratings, I tweaked this recipe. Nothing was omitted or added but I did change proportions. My chicken was divided into 2 freezer bags when I butchered it so I started with half a chicken (one breast, one leg and thigh and one full wing; the back is separate for stock. I used 4 cloves of garlic because we like it. Tomatoes were Hunt's Diced and 1/2 the amount called for or 14.5 oz.. I also used a whole can of cheap chicken broth (I was out of homemade). Reduced capers to 2 instead of 3 Tablespoons. Also reduced basil to 2 tablespoons. Followed cooking directions pretty much to the letter except I added flour to the pepper, onions and garlic before adding the wine because I wanted a thicker sauce for noodles (we used egg noodles). Even though I tweaked this recipe, it was so good and easy to prepare that I truly believe if nothing is changed it will be outstanding. Went very well with a Kendall Jackson Chardonnay. Wonderful! Thanks Giada. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So yummy, and it catches the eye! item not reviewed by moderator and published
you people drive me nuts changing recipes and then rating them. I do NOT care to make YOUR recipe, I care to make the supplied recipe from Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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