Chicken Cacciatore Recipe | SweetSavour
This chicken cacciatore recipe is a Sunday family favorite, and has been for eons. This is a quick easy method, compared to a slow roast or crock pot recipe. Either way, it is a great dish, and with this method you’ll be eating a lot more veggies in a yummy way!
- 1 Spaghetti Squash
- 2-3 chicken breasts (enough for the number of people you are serving)
- 6-10 small Bell peppers or 2-4 large (chopped)
- 1/2 a Red onion (minced)
- 10+ Cherry tomatoes or 3+ Roma (chopped)
- 1 package of Mushrooms (sliced)
- Garlic (minced)
- 1 can Tomato sauce
- 1 can Diced tomatoes
- 2+ T Agave or Honey
- Italian Seasoning (to taste)
- Garlic Powder (to taste)
- 6+ Basil leaves (fresh is best)
- Salt (to taste)
- Cayenne or Red pepper flakes (optional)
- T Olive or Avocado oil
This recipe serves the cacciatore over spaghetti squash, feel free to serve over noodles, rice or whatever your heart desires! I will warn you though, it IS yummy and if you’re willing to give the spaghetti squash a try, you may be surprised at how delicious this super food is! Not to mention it’s an amazing source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and even has small amounts of omega 3’s, protein, manganese, folate and more!
To prepare the squash, pre heat your oven to 425 degrees, and cut the squash in half (use a sharp knife, this is a tough task, lol) and remove the seeds and lie both halves face down on a cookie sheet. I’ve been able to cook mine in 30 minutes or less, but that doesn’t always happen. You know it’s done when it’s looking brown on the outside skin (don’t worry if it looks burnt), and when you run a fork through the inside it falls out like spaghetti.
Next, prep all your veggies, it’s always easier to have everything ready to go so you can focus on cooking.
Start by cooking your chicken first, in whatever pan you want to use for the cacciatore (typically takes 7-10 minutes). Remove from the heat and chop into squares.
In your pan on the stove, add oil, and start cooking the onion. After 2-3 minutes add your peppers, after another 2-3 minutes add the mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, and let them all cook for a few minutes more. Add your can of tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, be careful not to heat up too quickly, tomato sauce has a way of splashing everywhere and it stains! As this is heating up you can add agave or honey (to taste) depending on how sweet you like it start with 2-3 tablespoons. Tomato sauce sometimes has salt (or sodium added) so you may not even need any salt, be sure to taste before adding any. Add the basil leaves (minced), 2+ tablespoons of Italian seasoning, garlic powder. Let everything heat up and stir every few minutes. Once you have the flavor you desire, add the chicken back into the pan, let that re-heat. If you like spicy you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
The spaghetti squash should be perfect by this point, pull that out of the oven, and if you don’t want to wait for it to cool down, you can wear oven mitts and use a fork to string out the squash. Top with your cacciatore and enjoy!