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Chicken Cacciatore For One

Chicken Cacciatore is an easy to make, low carb, rustic skillet dinner recipe made with one chicken thigh simmering in a rich and hearty tomato based sauce.

A bowl of chicken cacciatore topped with fresh basil on a metal tray with a wedge of parmesan and a cheese grater in the background.

Many years ago, I was given The Joy of Cooking as a wedding present and throughout the early days of my marriage and while raising our children, it became my go-to cookbook. Over the years, I think I must have made just about every recipe from that book but chicken cacciatore has always been one of my favorites.

This single serving chicken cacciatore recipe is based on the recipe I've been using for years. It's real Italian comfort food and the ingredients have been scaled down so that it is the perfect amount to serve one person.

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Cacciatore means "hunter" in Italian. Alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared "hunter-style". Chicken cacciatore is typically made with onions, bell peppers, herbs, tomatoes, and wine.

It's a simple dish that was likely developed to satisfy the appetites of hunters who had been out hunting all day and needed a tasty, hearty stew that could easily be cooked.

Why This Recipe Works

  • This chicken cacciatore is very easy to make and is made with easily accessible ingredients.
  • The chicken is tender and the sauce is extremely flavorful.
  • You can serve chicken cacciatore over pasta, rice, mashed potatoes, or enjoy it as a low carb stew without anything additional.
  • This single serving chicken cacciatore recipe yields the perfect amount for one person to enjoy.

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Olive oil: I use extra virgin olive oil in this chicken cacciatore recipe as well as in every other recipe on One Dish Kitchen that calls for olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form of olive oil. It is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra virgin olive oil is made, it retains more true olive taste. It also contains more of the vitamins and minerals found in olives. It's my favorite type of olive oil to use but you may use a lighter olive oil instead.
  • Chicken: Use 1 boneless, skinless chicken thigh. You can use a boneless, skinless chicken breast in this recipe but I recommend using a thigh over a breast. Chicken thighs contain more fat and helps make a thicker, more flavorful sauce.
  • Seasonings: Fresh or dried rosemary, salt and black pepper.
  • Vegetables: onions, green bell pepper, and garlic. Feel free to substitute other vegetables for the onions and green peppers. Red, yellow or orange bell peppers, carrots, and celery all make great substitutions.
  • Wine: Traditionally, wine is used in chicken cacciatore recipes and it gives the dish great flavor. You can replace the wine with chicken broth if necessary. If you choose to use wine, I suggest using a dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or an Alsace wine produced in the Alsace region of France. Be sure to pick a wine that you would like to drink.
  • Tomatoes: I use canned diced tomatoes with some of the juice from the can.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Brown the chicken: Season and brown the chicken. Transfer to a plate, cover and set aside.
  2. Soften the vegetables.
  3. Add the wine: Simmer until almost all wine has evaporated.
  4. Add tomatoes and chicken: Cover and simmer until done.
four photos showing how to make chicken cacciatore on the stove.

Expert Tips

  • Consider keeping chicken pieces in the freezer so you can easily pull one out, defrost it, and cook it when ready. Look for chicken thighs (or breasts) and purchase them when they're on sale. Then, immediately divide, individually wrap, and freeze pieces for later use. The USDA recommends freezing chicken breasts no longer than nine months for optimal quality.
  • If you have wine leftover, you can freeze it by pouring it into ice cube trays and placing the trays in the freezer. When you want to use a little wine in a recipe, pop out one of the frozen wine cubes and add it to your recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Serve With Chicken Cacciatore?

There are many ways to serve chicken cacciatore. I think it's pretty perfect on it's own and if you're looking for a low carb meal, this is a great one to enjoy. It's also delicious served with a chunk of crusty bread on the side which is good to dip in the sauce. You could also serve it over pasta, rice, mashed potatoes or polenta.

Can I Make This Chicken Cacciatore In A Slow Cooker?

Yes! If you'd like to make this chicken dish in a slow cooker, I recommend using a 1.5-quart or a 2-quart slow cooker or Crockpot and follow these steps:
* Spray the inside of the slow cooker with an oil spray to prevent sticking.
* Season both sides of the chicken thigh with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper and place on the bottom of the slow cooker.
* Add 1/4 cup of chopped onions (1-ounce), 1/4 cup chopped bell peppers (1-ounce), 1 minced garlic clove or 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder. Top with 1/3 cup of diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup of tomato sauce, and 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary.
* Cook on low for 7 hours or high for 4.
* Season with additional salt, if needed.

An overhead view of a bowl of chicken cacciatore with pasta and a fork swirling the pasta around the tines with scattered basil leaves in the background

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this chicken cacciatore recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes.

Pro Tip: Transform leftover canned tomatoes into a quick salsa! Just add chopped onions, chopped green peppers, a touch of salt, lime juice and black pepper.

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chicken cacciatore in a bowl

Chicken Cacciatore For One

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: chicken, gluten free, low carb
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 456kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken thigh
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup canned diced tomatoes , with their juices

Instructions

  • Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breast with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil 30 seconds.
  • Add chicken to the skillet and cook 4 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken to a large plate, cover, and set aside.
  • Add chopped onions, bell peppers, garlic, and rosemary to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes.
  • Add wine and bring to a boil. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally until almost all of the wine has evaporated.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and add the chicken back to the pan. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 25 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  • Taste and add additional salt, if needed.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Consider keeping chicken pieces in the freezer so you can easily pull one out, defrost it, and cook it when ready. Look for chicken thighs (or breasts) and purchase them when they're on sale. Then, immediately divide, individually wrap, and freeze pieces for later use. The USDA recommends freezing chicken breasts no longer than nine months for optimal quality.
  • If you have wine leftover, you can freeze it by pouring it into ice cube trays and placing the trays in the freezer. When you want to use a little wine in a recipe, pop out one of the frozen wine cubes and add it to your recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 814mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 231IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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13 thoughts on “Chicken Cacciatore For One”

  1. Do you have a cookbook for one person cooking like this One Dish Kitchen with more recipes? If you do what is it called
    I love this one dish kitchen since it is just me

    Dianne

  2. I love your cookbook. Since receiving it sometime in Dec 2019, it has been my go to cookbook. It never goes back on the shelf with my other cookbooks. Every recipe I have tried has been delicious. Thank you so much!!!!!

  3. I’m a little concerned about the amount of protein listed for a 6 oz serving of Chicken. In my opinion it seems that it should be higher; but, I don’t know how to calculate it. It does sounds that this recipe is really flavorful.
    Thank you,

  4. love your recipes for one,if I make to much I will split it and freeze or save in the fridge for a couple of days

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