The Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Cacciatore

Ree Drummond's chicken cacciatore plated on a pile of egg noodles
Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
1h 20 min
6 servings

Ree Drummond’s take on an Italian dinner featuring veggies, chicken thighs, mushrooms, pasta and herbs takes less time and ingredients than the classic rendition of the dish.



Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
whole chicken thighs, skin on (you can use any whole chicken pieces)
cup all-purpose flour
cup olive oil
Tbsp butter
green bell peppers, cored and sliced (not too thin)
red bell peppers, cored and sliced (not too thin)
medium onion, halved and sliced
cloves garlic, diced
oz mushrooms (white or cremini), sliced
tsp ground thyme
tsp turmeric
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste, optional
cup dry white wine
can (28-oz) whole or diced tomatoes (with their juice)
lb(s) pasta
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for sprinkling
Grated Parmesan, for sprinkling


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Step 2

Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken. Dredge the chicken in the flour.

Step 3

Heat the olive oil and butter in a heavy ovenproof skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Place the chicken skin-side down in the skillet, four pieces at a time. Brown on both sides, then remove to a clean plate. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Pour off half the fat and discard.

Step 4

Add the sliced bell peppers and onions to the skillet, as well as the garlic. Stir around for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and stir around for 1 minute. Add the thyme, turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon salt. And the crushed red pepper flakes if you like things a little spicy. Add extra black pepper to taste. Stir, then pour in the wine and allow to bubble.

Step 5

Pour in the tomatoes and stir to combine. Add the chicken back to the skillet skin-side up, without totally submerging it. Cover and put into the oven for 45 minutes. Remove the lid and increase the heat to 375ºF. Cook for an additional 15 minutes.

Step 6

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Do not overcook! Drain and set aside.

Step 7

Transfer the chicken pieces to a plate, followed by the vegetables. Return the skillet to the burner and turn the heat to medium high. Cook and reduce the sauce for a couple of minutes.

Step 8

Pour the noodles onto a large platter or into a big serving bowl. Add the vegetables all over the top, then place the chicken pieces on top of the vegetables. Spoon the juices from the skillet over the chicken and noodles.

Step 9

Before serving, sprinkle on chopped fresh parsley and grated Parmesan.

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