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Classic Chicken Cacciatore

Classic Chicken Cacciatore
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 6

Browning chicken and then stewing it with flavorful vegetables and a chunky tomato sauce makes for a warming meal sure to satisfy even the heartiest eaters — even at only 400 calories per serving. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

3- to 3 1/2-lb cut-up whole chicken
1/2
cup all-purpose flour
1/4
cup vegetable oil
1
medium green bell pepper
2
medium onions
1
can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1
can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1
cup sliced fresh mushrooms (3 oz)
1 1/2
teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1
teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
Grated Parmesan cheese, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Coat chicken with flour. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil 15 to 20 minutes or until brown on all sides; drain.
  • 2
    Cut bell pepper and onions crosswise in half; cut each half into fourths.
  • 3
    Stir bell pepper, onions and remaining ingredients except cheese into chicken in skillet. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 30 to 40 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (170°F for breasts; 180°F for thighs and legs). Serve with cheese.
 

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
400
Calories from Fat
200
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
35%
Saturated Fat
5g
25%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
85mg
29%
Sodium
630mg
26%
Potassium
680mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate
19g
6%
Dietary Fiber
3g
11%
Sugars
6g
Protein
30g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
30%
30%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 3 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Chicken cacciatore has become a classic Italian favorite and it’s no wonder why. The combination of chicken with vegetables, like peppers and tomatoes, makes this a warming and hearty dish. In fact, cacciatore is Italian for “hunter” so this dish roughly translates to chicken cooked in the style of the hunter. This does not mean the only authentic way to make this recipe is over a campfire in the woods, your stove will do just fine! Rather, the key to making this dish is properly browning your chicken. Classic chicken cacciatore involves lightly coating chicken in a flour mixture before cooking in an oil-slicked skillet over high heat. Browning meat adds tons of flavor. As your chicken cooks, the fat from the chicken renders, which provides a flavorful base in which to cook your vegetables. Though it is recommended to drain off the fat after browning the chicken, your pan will retain flavor, which will be soaked up by the onions, peppers and tomatoes. If you’ve never tried chicken cacciatore, this five-star recipe is the perfect place to start, or make it even easier with Betty’s Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore recipe. Ready for more chicken recipes? Betty’s not out of ideas yet!

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