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Chicken Cacciatore

Makes dinner for two, with leftovers for lunch.

Approximate cooking time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbs olive or coconut oil
  • 1 (3 lb) chicken, cut up
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (16 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 large bell pepper, cut into 1" pieces

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  • Season chicken with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • When pan is hot, add chicken and brown on all sides, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove and drain on paper towels.
  • Add onions and mushrooms to the hot pan and sauté until onions are slightly translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Stir well.
  • Return chicken to pan and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes, until chicken is tender.

34 Comments

  1. Peter Haas

    added 1 tsp of basil and 1 tsp red pepper flakes for a bit more flavor, and 6 oz of tomato paste to thicken things up.

  2. myrustynail

    is it best for this recipe to just buy a whole chicken and cut it up before browning?

  3. lilrocker34

    It would be nice if the recipe gave you an alternative such as baking. I like to keep away from anything fried so I would appreciate an alternate method of cooking with the recipes.

  4. patrick

    I made this with the following mods and it was AWESOME:
    – doubled the onion (used 1 large yellow onion)
    – doubled the peppers (1 red, 1 green)
    – doubled the oregano
    – doubled the garlic
    – 24oz of fire roasted diced tomatoes (muir glen)
    – 1/2 bottle decent cabernet savignon
    – punch of salt instead of 1/2 tsp
    – 1tsp of red chili flakes
    – simmered about 45 – 60 mins for the booze to cook off

    Totally amazing!

    • Patrick, this sounds delicious! Thank you for the suggestions!

  5. I usually put capers in mine is that still paleo?

    • @oliveoh – Sure. If you do ok with vinegar. It’s sort of a gray area in Paleo/Primal land, but we’re alright with vinegar at Paleo Plan.

  6. Absolutely delicious!! I made this for my husband and his friend, who are both doing Paleo, and they loved it!! They both couldn’t believe it was Paleo because it tasted so good. I made a lot hoping for leftovers for myself for the next day, and needless to say there were no leftovers! I will definitely make this again in the near future!!

  7. @lllrocker34–I do mine in a crockpot, no frying required!!!

  8. Ree,
    Do you brown the chicken before putting in the crock pot and then how long do you cook it?

  9. @Carol,

    Short answer: don’t worry about it.

    Long answer:

    As chefs such as Jaime Oliver have shown, there is no need to brown meat before slow-cooking (there are certain flavor advantages, though).

    Normally with chicken (breast especially) it will tend to dry out a lot in a slow cooker. The trick is to dust the meat first, which helps seal it a bit (this is even more advantageous when first browning, but I digress). Normally the ideal ingredient would be flour, but there are other options such as the typical paleo substitutes, or try a mixture of powdered garlic, onion and mustard, but this will give you a sub-par result, as it’s the gluten in the flour that does most of the binding..

  10. Megan Jolly

    Loved it! I added red pepper flakes for some added heat. I will be making this again!!

  11. Quick question – I cut up a whole chicken but wasn’t able to keep the skin on the breasts, will that be a problem??

    • Jess – No, shouldn’t be much of a problem. You’d just want to watch the cook time, as the skin creates a barrier between the breast and the heat, so you don’t want to burn it.

  12. I followed the suggestions above – more spice and sauce. I also added a bay leaf because I had them from a previous recipe. This was great, and made a lot of food. Definitely a new family favorite!

  13. Put all in crock pot. Delicious and tender!

  14. Cannonball89

    May sound like a stupid question, but when you say cut up chicken, do you mean still on the bone, just separated? as opposed to sliced boneless meat?

    • Cannonball89 – You can do either, but sometimes leaving the bone in helps make it more tender, or so I’ve been told. If you don’t want to do a whole chicken, you can just do about a pound of boneless skinless chicken (breasts or thighs or a combination of both) so you don’t have to deal with the bones.

  15. Made this last night following Patrick’s updates/suggestions. It was amazing!!! I’ll definitely be making this again.

  16. What can I substitute for the mushrooms?

  17. Jini Mapes

    Ive used Halibut instead of chicken and its amazing! Just put in baking dish, cover with tamatoe and peppers and bake!

  18. Jini Mapes

    Haha spelling error *tomatoes

  19. My husband is not a chicken fan and this is his favorite dish. Chicken thighs are best remaining moist not drying out. I read the comments and added bay leaf, basil and a few shakes of crushed red pepper. . Absolutely delicious and easy. Great as a leftover too!

  20. As a fireman I used recipes as a “Guide Line..” I like to add other healthy ingredients. For this recipeI used a 1/2 a zucchini . Just 1/4 it up… I put it in for the last 30 mins. cook it until it is el dente’ … Another thing you can add sliced olives too. Not sure olives are allowed on the Paleo Diet

  21. This was a hit. I’ll defs be making it again. Thanks for sharing!

  22. leeannholman

    This was amazing!!! Will make over and over.

  23. jachavez99

    how long do you cook in the crock pot? High or low temp?

  24. lair_amanda@yahoo.com

    Do you think I could substitute frog legs for the chicken?

  25. I always cook the cacciatore in the slow cooker without frying the chicken first, and I usually put it on in the morning and leave it on low all day until I get home from work.

  26. What do you serve as a side dish?. I generally serve with pasta, but am having company that do paleo. Is pasta permitted?

  27. roversd2001@gmail.com

    how much fiber does this recipe contain?

  28. Excellent dish!! I followed some of the suggestions from others and put in extra garlic and red pepper flakes…it was easy and tasted great!

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