Chicken Cacciatore Made Light


Here’s a wonderful, low calorie dinner you can enjoy any day of the week!  I’ve simmered chicken thighs in a rich tomatoey sauce loaded with mushrooms, onions and sweet peppers.  Boneless, skinless, chicken thighs are very popular to use in healthy recipes, these days.  Each serving has 250 calories, 8 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. This hearty dish has maximum flavor and minimum effort…Definitely impressive enough to serve for company too.  Buon Appetito!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


6 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, (about 1½ lbs), see shopping tip

⅛ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

8-10 ounce package mushrooms, sliced

1 large onion. chopped, about 2 cups

1 large red bell pepper, sliced thin

1 large yellow bell pepper, sliced thin

½ cup white wine

1 (24 oz) jar Classico Tomato and Basil Tomato Sauce or your favorite

½ teaspoon Italian seasonings

Fresh ground pepper, to taste


1. Sprinkle chicken thighs with a little salt and pepper.  In a large nonstick pan, add chicken and cook about 5 minutes or until brown, turning once.  Remove chicken from pan to a plate.  Place mushrooms, onions and both peppers in a large microwave-safe bowl.  Cook in microwave for about 2-3 minutes until the vegetables are softened.

2. In the same large pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Add garlic, softened mushrooms, onions and peppers.  Saute on high heat until lightly browned and soft, about 3-4 minutes.

3. Stir in wine and cook for about 1-2 minutes until wine is almost evaporated.

4. Return chicken to pan and add the tomato sauce, Italian seasonings and fresh ground pepper.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook uncovered for about 15 minutes until chicken is tender and no longer pink.

Serves 6  (each serving contains 1 thigh and about ¾ -1 cup sauce)

Food Fact

Cacciatore in Italian means “hunter.” In cuisine it means the meal is prepared “Hunter-style” with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, peppers and herbs.  Chicken Cacciatore is the most popular dish prepared in this style.

Healthy Benefits

Many studies have linked higher consumption of cooked tomato products with reduced risk of prostate and other cancers.  Tomato products contains some B vitamins along with vitamin C.

One small red, yellow or orange pepper provides three times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C—way ahead of citrus.  Red peppers stand out as one of the few foods that contain lycopene. They’re also packed with beta-carotene.

Shopping Tip

You’ll find boneless, skinless, chicken thighs in most markets.  I bought mine at Trader Joe’s.

Serving Tip

This dish is typically served over spaghetti or penne pasta. Use a whole wheat or whole grain pasta.  My favorite is to serve this dish with a baked potato or Skinny Mash Potatoes and Garlic Sauteed Spinach.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
Weight Watchers
(old points) 5

NEW SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1 thigh and about ¾ -1 cup sauce)
250 calories, 8g fat, 1g sat. fat, 95mg chol, 26g protein, 17g carbs, 3g fiber, 445mg sodium, 5g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
207 calories, 1g sat. fat, 4g sugar, 24g protein

Share This

Share |

36 Responses to “Chicken Cacciatore Made Light”

  1. Brenda Says:

    I think I will try this in the crock pot

  2. admin Says:

    Great idea Brenda. Enjoy!

  3. Aimee Says:

    I am still in love with your site! Can’t believe you have the Weight Watchers points for everything! Genius 🙂 Keep the great posts coming!

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks Aimee. I love hearing that you’re enjoying my site! So many people are on Weight Watchers that I thought it would be very helpful to include points. Stick around as I’m so excited to share some really wonderful recipes this fall and holiday season. With best wishes, Nancy

  5. Ashley Says:

    Is there something I can substitute for the white wine? I would LOVE to make this, but I am not a wine fan… Thanks!!

  6. admin Says:

    Ashley, if you want to leave out the wine, just skip step 3. You don’t need to add a liquid replacement either since the wine is mostly evaporated when cooked. Good luck. i hope you enjoy this recipe!

  7. Dinner Recipes With Chicken Thighs Other | Dinner Recipies With Chicken Says:

    […] An Italian Favorite, Chicken Cacciatore Made Light With …Boneless, skinless, chicken thighs are very popular to use in healthy recipes these days.Just by removing the skin and sauteing the veggies is a small amount of oil, this delish dish now has 270 calories, 10 grams of fat and 6 consumption of cooked tomato products with reduced risk of prostate and other Dinner; Greek; Italian; Mexican; Salads; Sandwiches; Sides; Smoothies/Shakes … Access Full Source […]

  8. Dinner Recipes With Chicken Thighs These | Dinner Recipies With Chicken Says:

    […] An Italian Favorite, Chicken Cacciatore Made Light With …Dinner; Greek; Italian; Mexican; Salads; Sandwiches; Sides; Smoothies/Shakes; Snacks I’m simmering chicken thighs in a rich tomatoey sauce loaded with mushrooms, onions and sweet peppers. Boneless, skinless, chicken thighs are very popular to use in healthy recipes these days. … Return Doc […]

  9. la gourmande Says:

    hummm j’adore cette recette avec plein de sauce !!

  10. Barbara Says:

    I made my version of chicken cacciatore last night. Instead of bottle sauce I used tomato paste(a couple of squirts) and chicken broth. I also made a single serving of ronzoni perfect pasta in the cooking bag and added that to the chicken. It’s less spaghetti sauce like and more of a light tomato taste.

  11. admin Says:

    Mmm…Barbara thanks for sharing your yummy ideas!
    Best regards,

  12. admin Says:

    Je suis tellement heureux que vous l’aimez!

  13. 2013 Healthy Meal Plan: Week 12 « Half Size Me Says:

    […] Chicken Cacciatore (6PP per serving from Skinny Kitchen) […]

  14. admin Says:

    Yummy, yummy Heather. Your menu looks great!
    My Chicken Cacciatore is a really satisfying dinner…Enjoy!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  15. marilyn burkett Says:

    this chicken cacciatore is the best. I love peppers and onions so I made some extra with the sauce, fried some Jennie o lean turkey sausage links and put the extra sauce and peppers and onions from the chicken over the sausage links. It was really tasty. I figured the calorie count at about 210.

  16. admin Says:

    Yummy…I love the sound of all your add-ins Marilyn. Thank so much for sharing!
    With my very best wishes,

  17. Kathy Radigan Says:

    This sounds wonderful and easy enough for me to make!! I will give this one a try, thanks so much!!!

  18. admin Says:

    Thanks Kathy. It is easy…Enjoy!

  19. Miz Helen Says:

    Your Chicken Cacciatore looks delicious! Hope you are having a great day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  20. admin Says:

    Thank you Miz Helen. Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks so much for hosting another terrific link party!

  21. Chicken Cacciatore Made Light | The best diet blog ever! Says:

    […] By admin […]

  22. Suzanne Fluhr Says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m adding this chicken cacciatore made light recipe to my Pinterest recipe board, so I can find it when I need it. I also appreciate the WW points calculation. I’ll probably try it both ways—with the bottled spaghetti sauce on my “don’t re-invent the wheel” days and also by adding tomatorpaste and petite diced tomatoes. I’ve been using the Barilla legume based pasta for extra fiber. We like it better than whole wheat pasta.

  23. admin Says:

    I’ve never tried Barilla legume based pasta. Can’t wait to checked it out. Thanks for sharing Suzanne.
    I hope you thoroughly enjoy this dish!
    All the best,

  24. Cathy Chester Says:

    As always, this looks delicious and easy to make. Another great recipe I’ll have to try!

  25. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Cathy. Enjoy!

  26. Judy Vantine Says:

    Thank you Nancy ~
    for making this meal so simple. I wanted to know what you would
    suggest for a substitute for the peppers. My husband has trouble
    with them although I would be fine. And I like the idea of the
    baked potato with it too. I get your emails everyday to remind me
    that there is a simple way to make these and no excuses!
    This is a great meal for the fall too.
    happy trails

  27. admin Says:

    What a nice note Judy…Thank you!!!
    Since your husband doesn’t tolerate peppers, you might try sliced mushrooms or a combination of mushrooms and zucchini.
    All the best,

  28. Kimberley Says:

    Good Morning Nancy!! Is this a freezer friendly recipe? My hubby travels a lot and I am always looking for yummy healthy meals that I can freeze in single servings for when he is gone.
    Thank you so much,

  29. admin Says:

    It sure does freeze great Kimberley. I’ve got some in my freezer right now. Enjoy!

  30. Lisa Ehrman Says:

    This meal looks amazing! I need a new chicken recipe and I’m loving these ingredients 🙂

  31. admin Says:

    Oh good Lisa. Enjoy!

  32. Patt Says:

    Nancy, you are the best! I made this for dinner tonight and served it over whole wheat penne. It was absolutely delicious and very filling. I will definitely make this again. Your recipes have assisted in my weight loss journey without sacrificing having to eat the same old, same old boring foods. Everything I have made from your site has been delicious, easy to follow and nutritious. 76 lbs down and 15 to go. I look forward to trying something new next week. You have no idea of the impact your website has on each of us. Thank you.

  33. Caren Gittleman Says:

    Yet another one of my faves!! Thank you for sharing!!

  34. admin Says:

    So glad you love this, Caren! I haven’t made it in ages but it’s on my list this week.
    My best,

  35. Roseanne V. Sabol Says:

    OMGoodness! Just made this for dinner tonight with company. It is absolutely delicious and will be one of my go-to meals from here on in. I did it all in the slow-cooker as mine has a saute/browning feature. It was so easy and tastes out of this world! Thanks so much, Nancy.

  36. admin Says:

    Fantastic Roseanne! Thank you so much for your feedback.
    All the best,

Leave a Reply