Creamy Skillet Chicken Cacciatore

Creamy Skillet Chicken Cacciatore has the most amazing creamy red sauce with peppers, mushrooms, and fresh basil.  The chicken is tender and juicy and on the dinner table in 30 minutes! 

Creamy Skillet Chicken Cacciatore

I realized that it is getting pretty close to the babies arrival so we have been going full force trying to get everything ready to go.  We have been finishing our basement which has been quite the project.  We are only about 3 weeks away from having it completed and I can’t wait to have a fun space for the family once baby arrives.  Right now we have both of our girls bedrooms next to each other but one of the rooms is used as a playroom.  All of this will move to a playroom that we made in the basement and we will be able to put the babies room together.  We are cutting it really close but that seems how life is!  I ordered the babies furniture finally and I am starting to envision this sweet little girl that will be coming to our home.  It is starting to feel more real!

We have been so busy with our basement and life in general that I love when I can make a delicious and easy recipe for the family.  Chicken Cacciatore is one of my favorites.  It is such a classic recipe with its red sauce with mushrooms, basil, and served over hot pasta.  I customized the sauce to our families taste…  bring on the creaminess, and it was a huge success!

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You might be getting some quick and easy meals from here on out from the preggo Recipe Critic.  But I still enjoy cooking for my family.  But thats the thing!  You don’t have to make it difficult to give your family a restaurant quality meal.  And this meal is made in just one pot and on the dinner table in just 30 minutes!

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Not only is this red sauce perfectly creamy, it has tender peppers, fresh basil, mushrooms and the perfect blend of spices.  Add some tender and juicy pan fried chicken and serve it over some pasta and you have the perfect meal.

You guys are going to love this quick and easy skillet meal!

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Creamy Skillet Chicken Cacciatore has the most amazing creamy red sauce with peppers, mushrooms, and fresh basil. The chicken is tender and juicy and on the dinner table in 30 minutes!
Serves: 4-5
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • ½ yellow pepper
  • 8 ounce mushrooms, sliced
  • 15 ounce crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ heavy cream
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon italian seasoning
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese for garnish
  1. Season the chicken with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. In a large skillet add 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat to medium high. Cook the chicken about 3 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165 degrees and brown on each side. Set aside the chicken on the plate.
  2. Add one tablespoon olive oil to the skillet and add the garlic, bell pepper, and mushrooms. Sauté until tender. Add the crushed tomatoes, heavy cream, chicken broth, italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer until thickened.
  3. Add the chicken back to the skillet until heated through. Serve over hot pasta and garnish with fresh chopped basil and parmesan cheese if desired.


Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 1/4 cream??? 1/4 of WHAT? a gallon? a quart? a teaspoon?

    And authentic made-in-Italy cacciatore does not use crushed tomatoes. It uses whole tomatoes sliced or canned whole tomatoes drained.

    1. Lonna, I would say this is authentic Made in America Cacciatore. Good for Alyssa for always being inventive. She has a knack for these skillet dinners. I love them all!

      1. How critical! Obviously it is 1/4 cup and not anything else. And no one claimed “authentic” Italian. I am Italian and prepare many dishes differently than they are done in Italy. Sometimes it’s better to say nothing if you have nothing nice to say. Just sayin’

  2. Hi Alyssa, I just love Chicken Cacciatore but never made it with Chicken Breasts. Can I substitute Chicken Thighs and Legs in this recipe. Everything else looks very tasty and
    most willing to give it a try. I might have to put a cover on the pot for a few minutes to help
    with the melding of the thighs and legs. Will let you know how it turns out….

  3. This was wonderful. I also appreciate using the crushed tomatoes to help the recipe come together more quickly. Another recipe to save. Thank you~!

  4. Dying to try this recipe!! It looks absolutely delicious! Can I eliminate the heavy cream as my husband and I are dairy free?

    1. I have never tried it without the heavy cream. It may work out great; however, it may not be as thick and the flavor may be different. Let me know how it turns out! Happy Cooking!

      Your Recipe Critic,

  5. Hi Alyssa. I had mushrooms, chicken and basil to use up and as Saturday night is usually pasta night, I searched Pinterest where I came across your recipe. I’m so glad I did. Everyone commented on how lovely it was and it’s something a bit different to what we usually have.

  6. I made this for family dinner Sunday night and everyone loved it. I used a jar of vodka sauce in place of the cream and crushed tomatoes, which made it even easier.e. I served it with polenta instead of pasta and everyone cleaned their plates. Great recipe and so easy.

    P.S. I agree the comment re “1/4 cup of what” was both silly and rude.. Play nice like mom said.

  7. Thank you for this easy and yummy recipe. I made this last night for a family dinner and it was a huge hit! I threw in a little zucchini and added a little extra cream. A salad and garlic bread and done! Super easy – and directions were very easy to follow, this is definitely a keeper!!

  8. My family loved it! Used sphaghettti squash jnstead if noodles. We have tried a few recipes from your site and all have been hits!
    Thank You very much!

  9. The chicken cacciatore recipe is so good. I followed every ingredient and instruction and the dish came out so great. My family loved it. Thank you.

  10. Hubs and I LOVED this. I modified slightly to use the ninja cooker. I used thighs and after browning and sautéing all ingredients I gave it a few hours on low on slow cook setting. I will definitely make this again.

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