This make ahead chicken cacciatore has a nice blend of flavours. This is an easy family friendly dish that can be served on pasta or on its own. This recipe is also gluten free.
I love when recipes can be cooked multiple ways. I find that gives me the freedom to choose the cooking method depending on our plans that day. This meal can be cooked in the oven or in the slow cooker.
If we are going to be out all day, I throw it in the Crock Pot but otherwise, I cook it in the oven. Nice and versatile!I know the pictures aren’t awesome, but this is a nice dish. When we are getting tired of the usual pasta sauces, I will pull out one of these freezer meals. It’s a welcome change.
The blend of Italian flavours go well with any pasta. I usually use rotini or penne, but even a long noodle would work.
If your kids (or your husband!) absolutely will not eat the mushrooms, then just leave them out. It is more authentic with them, but it can stand up without them too.
Chicken Cacciatore Recipe:
- 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed*
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 1x 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 bay leaf
- 1x 5 1/2 can tomato paste
- 1x 10 oz. can mushroom pieces (or substitute fresh mushrooms)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1/4 cup white wine (or substitute non-alcoholic wine)
*You can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs without cubing if you prefer.
Place the chicken in a large resealable freezer bag. Add the other ingredients. Remove the excess air and seal.
On the day of cooking, take the bag out of the freezer to thaw. Bake in a 350° oven for 1 hour or in the slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours.
If you want this meal to be gluten free, serve it with rice or on gluten free pasta.
You can serve the chicken and sauce on pasta if you wish with a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
This Chicken Cacciatore recipe is included in our Gluten Free Freezer Meal Menu Plan. You’ll find other great recipes there along with handy printable shopping lists and labels.
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