Looking for an easy freezer meal that is healthy and hearty? Look no further than this delicious Chicken Cacciatore recipe!
Chicken Cacciatore is a classic Italian dish that has been enjoyed for centuries. The word “cacciatore” means “hunter” in Italian, and the dish is believed to have originated in the rural regions of Italy, where hunters would prepare it with game birds such as pheasant or rabbit.
Over time, the recipe evolved to include chicken as the main protein, and it became a popular dish in Italian-American cuisine. Today, Chicken Cacciatore is enjoyed all over the world and is a staple in many Italian restaurants and households.
Chicken Cacciatore is a hearty and comforting dish that can be enjoyed year-round. It is often served over pasta, rice, or polenta, and pairs well with a variety of vegetables and a glass of red wine.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy a taste of Italy or simply want a delicious and easy-to-make meal, Chicken Cacciatore is a classic dish that is sure to satisfy.
No complicated meal prep. Just combine the ingredients in a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag. Stir gently to combine, remove the air, seal, and freeze.
When you’re ready to cook, thaw the freezer meal overnight in the fridge, then transfer the contents into a Crockpot or Instant Pot. From thawed, cook for 4-6 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high in the Crockpot, or pressure cook for 15 minutes on high in the Instant Pot. Shred or slice the chicken and mix with the sauce, then serve over steaming zucchini noodles for a gluten-free/keto option or over spaghetti with crushed red pepper and aged parmesan for a more traditional Italian dish.
Not only is this Chicken Cacciatore recipe easy to make and freezer-friendly, but it is also a healthy option for those looking to eat clean. It is dairy-free, gluten-free, and Whole30 compliant, making it an excellent choice for those with dietary restrictions or preferences. Plus, with the addition of chicken and a variety of vegetables, it is packed with protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals.
So why not give this easy freezer meal a try? It’s the perfect way to make mealtime a little easier and a lot more delicious.
- 1.9998 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1.9998 can (10 oz per can) diced tomatoes with green chilies with liquid
- 1.0002 can (6oz per can) tomato paste
- 1.0002 yellow onion large-sized, sliced
- 1.0002 red bell pepper sliced
- 1.0002 cup mushrooms sliced
- 1.0002 cup chicken stock
- 0.2502 cup red cooking wine
- 0.2502 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1.0002 tbsp garlic powder
- 1.0002 tsp fresh basil
- 1.0002 tsp dried oregano
- 0.4998 tsp salt
- 0.2502 tsp black pepper
1) Label your 1 gallon-sized plastic freezer bag. Make sure to include name, instructions, and a use-by date (I recommend 90 days after prep date).
2) Add all ingredients to your freezer bag. Stir gently to combine.
3) Remove air, seal and freeze.
-Thaw the freezer meal overnight in the fridge.
-Transfer contents into Crockpot.
-From thawed, cook for 4-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
-Shred or slice chicken and mix with the sauce.
Instant Pot Instructions
-From frozen, sauté in Instant Pot for 5 minutes then flip the meal over. Pressure cook for 20 minutes on high then allow 10 minutes for natural release.
-From thawed, pressure cook for 15 minutes on high then allow 10 minutes for natural release.
-Shred or slice chicken.
TIP: Serve over steaming zucchini noodles for gluten-free, or over spaghetti, sprinkled with crushed red pepper and aged parmesan. Buon appetito!
We have tested this recipe for a serving size of 6. If you are cooking for less than 6 people, decrease the amount of liquid and the cook time. If you are cooking for more than 6 people, increase the amount of liquid and the cook time. Do this and your meals will NEVER turn out dry or mushy. Happy Cooking!