Chicken Cacciatore

Serves 6 hungry people! I especially like it with spaghetti squash. Halve the squash, scoop out the seeds, place cut-side down on plate and microwave for 6-10 min depending on size of squash.  Let it cool for a few minutes and then use a fork to shred the pulp into a casserole dish.  Cover and keep warm till serving time.


  • Olive oil
  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 16 pieces)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 c yellow onion, chopped roughly (about 1 c)
  • 1 leek, sliced thinly (about 1 c)
  • 1 orange or yellow bell pepper (about 1 c)
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 c brown mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 c dry white wine
  • 1 cube veggie broth
  • 1 lg can italian whole tomatoes with juice
  • 1 lg can diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 can tomatoe paste
  • 2-3 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/4 c fresh cilantro, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • garnish with fresh chopped basil and shredded parmesan cheese


  • In a large skillet, brown the chicken in batches in olive oil.  Chicken doesn’t need to be fully cooked….just add a bit of color. Place in a large shallow casserole dish (11′ x 13″) and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Takes about 45 min to brown all the chicken.
  • Add the white wine to deglaze the chicken pan. Set aside.
  • In a large soup pot, add a bit of olive oil and heat on medium.
  • Saute’ the onion, leek, and bell pepper for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Add the white wine / chicken juices to the pot and simmer for 10 minutes to reduce.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.  Cut up the italian tomatoes into pieces.  They should be chunky. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Heat oven to 300F.
  • Spoon the tomatoe mixture over the chicken making sure all the chicken is covered with sauce.
  • Place the casserole in the oven and bake for 1 hour. Dish should be bubbly through the middle.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle basil and parmesan on top before serving.
  • Enjoy

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