Easy Chicken Cacciatore

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Chicken Cacciatore sounds fancy and complicated but it is actually really easy to make and SO delicious! You are going to love this Italian pasta recipe!

Easy Chicken Cacciatore in a white bowl.

Chicken Cacciatore

I love saying “Chicken Cacciatore”… it sounds so fancy! Cacciatore actually means “hunter” in Italian. In cuisine, alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared “hunter-style” with tomatoes, onions, herbs, often bell pepper, and sometimes wine (thank you Wikipedia).

So basically, it’s an Italian dish with nothing really all that fancy at all– but it still tastes incredible!

Simple Chicken Cacciatore Sauce

This is a super simple version of Chicken Cacciatore where you just use your favorite canned spaghetti sauce or marinara and add some peppers and onions.

If you want to get fancy and use your own homemade marinara or spaghetti sauce, be my guest! I actually used my homemade canned spaghetti sauce in this recipe (click here) and OH. MY. It was delicious!

What to Serve This With

In the picture, it almost looks like it could be chicken Parmesan because I added a little mozzarella cheese to top it off (which is probably not traditional) but I couldn’t help myself!

Some people serve Chicken Cacciatore with egg noodles, but when I was preparing this recipe I was in the mood for fettuccine noodles, so I used those instead.

Of course, you don’t even need to serve this over pasta, you can serve it alongside some steamed veggies or roasted potatoes and it will still be great!

Oh, and one more thing– chicken thighs are wonderful in this recipe because they are SO tender and delicious but chicken breasts will work fine too. Just do everything the same– maybe just cut each chicken breast in half so it doesn’t take as long to cook through. Enjoy!

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How to Make Chicken Cacciatore

Easy Chicken Cacciatore in a white bowl.

Easy Chicken Cacciatore

5 from 3 votes
Chicken Cacciatore sounds fancy and complicated but it is actually really easy to make and SO delicious! You are going to love this Italian pasta recipe!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6



  • Sprinkle each chicken thigh with salt and pepper then dredge in flour.
  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until chicken is golden-brown (it doesn’t need to be completely cooked through).
  • Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, saute peppers, onion, and garlic until onions become soft and transparent.
  • Reduce heat and slowly add marinara/spaghetti sauce to the skillet.
  • Add chicken back to the skillet and bring sauce to a simmer over medium-low heat.
  • Simmer for about 25 minutes or until chicken thighs are cooked through.
  • Before serving, top with mozzarella (optional) and fresh basil.
  • Can be served with pasta, steamed vegetables, or roasted potatoes.


Nutrition does not include pasta, steamed vegetables, or roasted potatoes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 518kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 28gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 1039mgPotassium: 857mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1525IUVitamin C: 38mgCalcium: 138mgIron: 3mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    Ch5ose recipe from web search for its 5 star rating, and I am SO GLAD i did. Recipe was easy to follow, quick, and very delicious. I didn’t use flour, but i did deBone and DeSkin my chicken thighs which made the dish easier to eat. Thank you so much!

  2. 5 stars
    This was so easy to make. I had all of the ingredients on hand and the kids and husband loved it.
    It was so god and so delicious.. Awesome!!! A fancy meal within minutes. I used drumsticks, chicken is chicken and it was soo good. Love this web site.

  3. 5 stars
    I am pinning this. Sounds delicious. I have had it with no flour on the chicken as well and tastes great. Thanks for the recipe.