This super simple weeknight supper is on regular rotation in our house. To me it doesn’t get much better than the basic combination of tomatoes, olives, and garlic. Today I used fresh tomatoes, but you can definitely use canned ones as well and it will taste nearly as good.
Most cacciatore recipes call for braising the meat in the oven, so it takes a lot longer, but I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts and do this all on the stove top in record time. Not only is this delicious, but it cooks in one pan (well, two if you serve with rice like I usually do) and it’s on the table in 30 minutes. It doesn’t get much better than that except that in our house this makes enough for leftovers, so we stretch the yummy goodness over two nights and the second involves even less prep and clean up than the first. It’s not just a win-win. It’s a win-win-win!
One-Pan Weeknight Chicken Cacciatore
2-4 Tbs olive oil
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 sprig thyme
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup wine
3 large tomatoes (about 4 cups), roughly chopped
1/2 cup Kalamata olives (I like to cut them in half so that you can get one in almost every bite)
- Salt and pepper chicken breasts on both sides. In a large saute pan heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over high heat. Add the chicken and brown on both sides. You’re just looking to get that beautiful golden color on both sides. You don’t have to cook it through yet. Remove the chicken and set aside.
- While the chicken is cooking get your rice or pasta cooking as well if you want to serve with either of these.
- Add more olive oil if necessary and cook the onions in the same pan over medium heat until translucent.
- Add the garlic, thyme, bay leaf, and wine. Stir this and try to loosen some of the golden bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until wine is almost evaporated.
- Add the tomatoes and stir to combine with the other ingredients.
- Return the chicken to the pot along with the olives. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through, stirring occasionally.
- Serve with rice or pasta, if desired.