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Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe - This easy dinner recipe is simple to prepare and bursting with flavour. Chicken thighs are braised in a tomato sauce with basil, oregano, olives, onions and mushrooms. Perfect served with pasta, rice or mashed potatoes. This also freezes really well for a meal in a hurry.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Family Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 441 kcal


  • 900g Chicken thighs, bone in
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 200 g Onions Peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 400 g Tinned tomatoes
  • 100 g Tomato paste or puree
  • 250 g Mushrooms Chopped into medium chunks
  • 250 g Carrots Peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 75 g Olives Drained and chopped a little
  • 1 tbsp Dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp Sun dried tomato paste If you have it, don't worry if you'd prefer not to buy a whole tube
  • Salt and pepper
  • 30 g Fresh basil


  1. Preheat your oven to 180c fan (or 160c conventional). 

  2. Heat the oil in a pan brown off your chicken thighs in batches until golden all over.

  3. Remove pan from the heat and set the chicken aside. 

  4. Pour a little more oil into the pan if required. Fry your onions and garlic until lightly browned and softened. 

  5. Then add tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, mushrooms, carrots, olives, oregano, sun-dried tomato paste (if using) and salt and pepper. Give everything a good stir and and then add your chicken thighs back into the pan. 

  6. Bring everything to the boil. 

  7. Cover and place in the oven for 1 1/2 hours.  

  8. Once the cooking time is complete, remove from the oven and remove any fat that has accumulated before stirring in some fresh basil. 

  9. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • You can use skin on or off chicken thighs for this recipe, whichever you prefer. The skins can go a little soft in the slow cooker but they do keep the meat very tender.
  • You can also use bone in or bone out chicken thighs, it's personal preference. Boneless are easier to eat, but I do think that bone in gives more flavour. If you use boneless you'll probably only need about 750g rather than 900g of bone in chicken thighs.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Cacciatore
Amount Per Serving
Calories 441 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 147mg49%
Sodium 677mg29%
Potassium 1019mg29%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 7965IU159%
Vitamin C 17.1mg21%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.