This hearty One Skillet Chicken Cacciatore is full of rich and delicious Italian flavours and is so easy to make. Try it once and it’ll become a staple recipe in your weekly rotation.
Growing up, my family was all about hearty meals that provided us with tons of leftovers. Both my parents worked full time so cooking had to not just cover one meal, but a few extras to help them (and us kids!) get through the week easily. A staple meal in my house as a kid was One Skillet Chicken Cacciatore.
Once a week we would have this One Skillet Chicken Cacciatore and it would then be reused and repurposed into different meals throughout the week. First, it would be eaten as is, and then overtop of potatoes or rice, then in a wrap with other veggies, and so on.
I always loved how versatile this meal was, or how versatile my mum had made it be. She was always coming up with ways to make each meal seem like a brand-new dish.
Now that I am a new mum myself and attempting to get back into some kind of workflow, I appreciate these types of meals more than ever.
What do you cook chicken cacciatore in?
You can cook your One Skillet Chicken Cacciatore in whatever deep pan you have. I tend to cook my chicken cacciatore in either a large cast iron skillet or a Dutch oven (I use a Lodge Pot). I do recommend investing in both a cast iron skillet and a Dutch oven. They are cookware that I get so much use out of and everyone I’ve recommended them to has shared that they’ve become absolute cooking essentials for them as well.
What can you serve chicken cacciatore with?
Chicken cacciatore can be served over or with a number of accompaniments. Some of the most popular ones include pasta noodles, mashed potatoes, and rice. We typically have it over rice, but you really can’t go wrong with whatever you choose to serve it on or with.
How long does it take to cook this one skillet chicken cacciatore?
I would say it takes about an hour to cook this one-skillet chicken cacciatore from start to finish. You can rush this cook time if you need but I find that allowing the dish to simmer a bit really helps develop the flavours and build that delicious richness in the dish.
How many servings does this recipe make?
This one-skillet chicken cacciatore recipe makes 6 servings which is great for our family because it means we have lots of leftovers for the week. If you have a larger family, you may want to consider doubling the recipe so that you have leftovers, too!
Can I use fresh tomatoes instead?
Yes! In fact, I used fresh tomatoes in this recipe rather than canned tomatoes. While I often use canned tomatoes for this recipe, we currently have an abundance of tomatoes from our garden and I absolutely love how much flavour fresh tomatoes bring to this dish.
Can I skip the olives in this dish?
Of course! There are no “musts” when it comes to ingredients in meals. If you don’t like olives then don’t add them! One thing I would say about skipping olives though is that the dish may need a dash more salt since the olives do bring a salty element to the dish. Before serving, taste test and add salt if needed.
- 6-8 chicken thighs (boneless or bone-in)
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion (sliced)
- 1 large green bell pepper, sliced
- 1/2 a lemon
- 3 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
- 1 can of diced tomatoes (or 3 1/2 cups of fresh diced tomatoes)
- 1 jar of pitted kalamata olives (drained)
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 1 tsp of thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp of rosemary
- 1/2 cup of red wine (or chicken stock as substitute)
- 1 can of tomato paste
- Chopped fresh parsley, to serve
- 2/3 to 1/2 cups mushrooms (sliced)
- Grated parmesan
- Chilli flakes
1. Start by seasoning the chicken with salt and pepper.
2. Heat oil in a large cast iron pan. Once the pan is heated, sear the chicken for 3-5 minutes on all sides.
3. Add onions, garlic, and green peppers and saute until the onions become slightly browned and translucent.
4. Add a can of diced tomatoes, the red wine or chicken stock, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and the bay leaf. Allow all ingredients to simmer together for 20 minutes.
5. Add tomato paste, 1/2 a lemon, and kalamata olives and allow to simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes.
6. Serve alone or over potatoes, pasta noodles, or rice. Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley over top to serve.
Can I skip the olives?
If you don’t like olives then don’t add them! One thing I would say about skipping olives though is that the dish may need a dash more salt since the olives do bring a salty element to the dish. Before serving, taste test and add salt if needed.
What can this one-skillet chicken cacciatore be served over?
I typically serve my chicken cacciatore over rice but it's also delicious over mashed potatoes, pasta, risotto, and more. We have also had it with roasted potatoes and it was delicious!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 470Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 184mgSodium: 616mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 38g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
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