Chicken Cacciatore

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Chicken Cacciatore

This chicken cacciatore recipe is made on the stovetop but can easily be made in in a crock-pot for 4-6 hours.  Don’t have time to sear the chicken?  Skip it.  Throw it all in a pot together and walk away.  Serve over spaghetti or zucchini noodles and add a little cheese if you like. 3 1/2lb of bone in, skin on legs should be ~12 pieces.  Don’t like the bone or the skin?  Buy ~ 2 1/2 lb of boneless skinless chicken thighs instead.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Crockpot / Instapot / Braised
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 1/2 lb chicken legs (drums and thighs), skin on, bone in
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2/3 cup red wine
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 1 Tbsp capers, drained
  • basil leaves, as garnish
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1lb pasta, cooked according to instructions (or Zucchini Noodles if Gluten Free)


  • Salt and pepper the chicken.
  • Bring a large stockpot to medium high heat and add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan.  Sear the chicken 3-5 minutes per side or until golden brown.  You may need to do this in batches.  Set seared chicken aside on a plate or bowl.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add onions & peppers.  Cook ~ 4 minutes.  Add garlic and cook an additional 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.  Add mushrooms and cook ~ 4 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients, except basil garnish.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook covered ~ 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Add salt to taste and garnish with basil.  Happy Eating!  Beckie


Want to reduce the calories in this recipe?  Don’t eat the skin or buy skinless chicken thighs.

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Keywords: Braised, Chicken, Chicken Cacciatore, Chicken Legs, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

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