I am all about making a good meal at home even on a weeknight. I look for easy recipes that take less than an hour from start to finish, recipes that don’t take too much time to prepare but are flavorful and might go even with a nice glass of wine after a busy day. Here is my weeknight one-pot chicken cacciatore.
Skillet Chicken Cacciatore
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 – 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound fresh mushrooms, quartered or sliced
2 large bell peppers, sliced (a mix of 1 red and 1 green)
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 3/4 cups beef broth
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (28-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce or homemade
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 lb Spaghetti
Parmesan cheese, grated
- In a shallow dish, combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the black pepper. Roll chicken in flour mixture, coating completely.
- In a large heavy skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over high heat until hot; brown chicken on all sides for 5 minutes. Remove chicken from the skillet; set aside. Add mushrooms, green/red peppers, onion, garlic, and remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and cook 5-8 minutes, or until onions and peppers are slightly tender, stirring occasionally. Adjust the heat a bit as to not burn the garlic.
- Add remaining ingredients, including remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; return chicken to the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes, or until chicken is fork-tender, stirring occasionally.
- While the meal simmers have a pot ready to cook the spaghetti then serve over cooked spaghetti, top with grated Parmesan cheese.