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Weeknight Chicken Cacciatore


Great chicken cacciatore is familiar, hearty, and distinctive. How about speedy, too?

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  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, trimmed and halved crosswise
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound portobello mushroom caps, gills removed, caps halved & sliced thin
  • 1 pound onions, halved and sliced thin
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded & chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth


Servings 4
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 40mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add chicken and cook until browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side; transfer chicken to plate.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in now empty skilled over med-high heat until shimmering. Add mushrooms and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until well browned, 5 to 7 minutes, transfer mushrooms to plate with chicken. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in now empty skillet over med-high heat until shimmering. Add onions, bell pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until beginning to brown, 5 to 7 minutes.

Stir in garlic, tomato paste, rosemary and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add wine and any accumulated chicken juice and simmer until reduced by half, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and their juice. Stir in broth and bring to boil. Nestle chicken and mushrooms into skillet. Reduce heat to med-low, cover, simmer until chicken registers 160°F, about 10 minutes, flipping chicken once halfway thru cooking.

Transfer chicken to platter, tent loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Continue to simmer sauce until slightly thickened, 2 to 5 minutes longer. Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over chicken. Serve and enjoy!

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