Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

Cacciatore is an Italian word that refers to foods prepared "hunter-style"–a naturally healthy way of cooking with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and various herbs. This classic chicken dish is served over spaghetti, a good source of complex carbohydrates.


Makes 8 entrée servings


Nonstick cooking spray
4 pounds chicken pieces (breasts, legs, thighs)
2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 cups chopped green bell peppers
3/4 cup coarsely chopped onion (about 1 medium)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (16 ounces) whole tomatoes, undrained, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup tomato juice
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
6 cups hot cooked spaghetti


  1. Generously spray nonstick Dutch oven or large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot. Cook chicken 10 to 15 minutes or until browned on all sides. Drain fat from Dutch oven.
  2. Add mushrooms, bell peppers, onion and garlic to Dutch oven; cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in canned tomatoes with juice, 3/4 cup tomato juice, water, tomato paste, sugar, rosemary, basil, oregano, salt and black pepper; heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 45 minutes. Uncover; simmer about 30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center and juices run clear. Serve over spaghetti. Garnish as desired.

Nutritional Information

Calories 472
Calories from Fat 30 %
Total Fat 16 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 107 mg
Carbohydrate 42 g
Fiber 4 g
Protein 40 g
Sodium 470 mg

Dietary Exchange

Starch 2-1/2
Vegetable 1-1/2
Meat 4-1/2
Fat 1/2

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