Easy Chicken Cacciatore

By Rena |

Dinner time always seems to be the toughest for finding a meal that is healthy and filling, however, this Easy Chicken Cacciatore recipe fits both those needs. From start to table in under 30 minutes is a huge plus as well.

Easy Chicken Cacciatore in a pan

Those busy nights can creep up on you when it comes to figuring out what to make your family for dinner. You are cleaning up the house, or picking up the kids from school, starting homework and by the time you know it – dinner was a half-hour ago. So what do you make? Tasty Easy Chicken Cacciatore!

If you’re looking for other easy and delicious chicken recipes, why not also try my Creamy Mushroom Chicken Recipe and my Easy Chicken Stroganoff!

why you’ll love this Easy chicken cacciatore

  • An Italian classic! Loaded with all those comforting Italian ingredients like olives and marinara sauce, this is a pure delight for the taste buds.
  • An easy chicken recipe. Only a few kitchens stapled needed, this hearty dish goes from pantry to table in less than 30 mins.
  • Super succulent and flavorful chicken. The chicken breasts are pan-seared for a crisp tinge, then steeped in the most delicious tomato sauce – so good!
  • Packed with goodness. Protein-rich chicken, loads of veggies, this is a hearty meal that’s nutritious and delicious.

ingredients you’ll need

The list below is just the ingredients you will need to make this chicken cacciatore recipe. The full measurements are listed further down below.

  • Chicken Tenders or Breast
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Veggies – mushrooms, bell peppers
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Parsley

how to make this easy chicken cacciatore

  • Cook the veggies – In a large pan with olive oil, add bell peppers, mushrooms and garlic. Cook for 4-5 mins then set aside.
  • Pan sear the chicken – To the pan, add your seasoned chicken, cook for 5-6 mins per side until cooked through.
  • Combine your ingredients – Add the veggies and sauce into the pan with the chicken, along with the olives. Simmer for 5 mins.
  • Sprinkle with parsley, serve and enjoy!
overhead shot of Easy Chicken Cacciatore

recipe notes and tips

  • You can use chicken tenders or thinly sliced chicken breast.
  • You can also use any cut of chicken, just be aware that the cooking time for the chicken will vary. To check doneness, the best way is to use a meat thermometer. Place it into the thickest part of the chicken, when it reads 165F, it’s done.
  • Make sure you use pitted olives.
  • If you’d like this Easy Chicken Cacciatore with a little kick, you can add in a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Top with some fresh parsley.
chicken and tomato in a pan

what is chicken cacciatore?

Chicken Cacciatore is a traditional Italian dish. Cacciatore translates to the hunter in Italian. Alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared “hunter-style” with tomatoes, onions, lots of herbs, bell peppers, and wine.

This recipe takes the classic italian dish and simplifies it, so it’s easy and delicious!

What do you eat chicken cacciatore with?

This Easy Chicken Cacciatore has been the go-to recipe for my family for a long time. Super simple, super delicious, and amazingly healthy.  When you pair this recipe with zucchini noodles or quinoa and you have one savory meal no one wants to miss out on.

Often wonder what kind of side dishes you can have with Cacciatore? There are actually many options for you. I love having this Easy Chicken Cacciatore recipe with a side of quinoa. You can try some healthy pasta, egg noodles, zoodles, gnocchi or some roasted potatoes or veggies of choice.

Storing chicken cacciatore

Transfer leftovers to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 5-7 days. If you want to freeze this dish, I suggest you freeze it in individual servings. It’s a great way to have lunch or dinner prepped! Leftovers will last in the freezer for 3 months.

variations

You can customize this dish in so many ways! Here’s some ideas:

  • Veggies: For more color, add orange or yellow peppers instead of green You can also add other vegetables such as carrots or zucchini to the mix.
  • Cheese: Add a sprinkle of Parmesan over the dish, or you can melt some fresh mozzarella over the top – yum!
  • Olives: Instead of kalamata olives, swap in some ripe black olives or any variety of green olives.
  • Spicy: Add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes if you want a little heat in your food.
pan of chicken and tomatoes

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Easy Chicken Cacciatore

Easy Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken simmered in a flavorful tomato sauce with vegetables and olives, perfect served over zucchini noodles!
2.6 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 218kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken tenders or thin cut chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil divided use
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper cored, seeded and diced
  • 1 ½ cups mushrooms sliced
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives halved
  • 1 ½ cups marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the green bell pepper and mushrooms to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes or until softened.
  • Add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Remove the vegetables from the pan; place on a plate and cover to keep warm.
  • Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the pan.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste and place in the pan. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side or until browned and cooked through.
  • Add the vegetables back to the pan, along with the marinara sauce and olive.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes or until sauce is heated through.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Notes

  • You can use chicken tenders or thinly sliced chicken breast.
  • You can also use any cut of chicken, just be aware that the cooking time for the chicken will vary. To check doneness, the best way is to use a meat thermometer. Place it into the thickest part of the chicken, when it reads 165F, it’s done.
  • Make sure you use pitted olives.
  • If you’d like this Easy Chicken Cacciatore with a little kick, you can add in a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Top with some fresh parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 792mg | Potassium: 919mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 755IU | Vitamin C: 35.1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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