Chicken Cacciatore

If I had to pick my most favorite chicken recipe this one would be it. Chicken Cacciatore. Doesn’t that just sound delicious rolling off the tongue? It’s a one pot wonder and it full of deep down home flavors not to mention you can feed a crowd with it on the cheap. I make it A LOT in the fall/winter months when it’s cold out and I need something to warm me from head to toe (I can only drink so much espresso every day people). I originally shared this recipe when I first started my food blog and I’m pretty sure only 3 people saw the recipe. It might have something to do with that awful photo. Thank goodness my photography skills have improved.

You can make this with a variety of chicken pieces. I’ve taken to making it with just chicken thighs though. I like dark meat. To me it’s just more flavorful and okay who am I kidding, it’s cheaper. If you have an aversion to wine (gasp) or just don’t have any on hand (also gasp) you can add chicken stock or water in it’s place.  I’d go with with the stock before the water, flavor factor and all.

You’ll want to use a heavy bottom pot like that gorgeous Le Creuset 3 1/2 quart braiser right there. In ferocious Fennel. Faboosh! I have to tell you I keep all of my Le Creusets on my stove top because I use them so often (and because they’re just so pretty to look at) but I can see that this beauty is going to get the most use of all. It’s perfect for so many things. I fit 8 chicken thighs in that braiser. EIGHT and ALL of the accoutrements. Talk about family friendly. When it was done I transferred it to the table and served right out of the pot. Boom. That is a serious one pot wonder.

EDITED TO ADD: Contest is now closed. Thank you for your entries.

Now because sometimes I just like to feel like Oprah ONE of you lucky readers are going to WIN one! Yes Christmas is coming early. My friends at Le Creuset are GENEROUSLY giving a 3 1/2 QUART BRAISER away to one lucky bell’alimento reader!



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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Le Creuset. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.

Chicken Cacciatore


  • 6-8 chicken thighs - skinless, bone in
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion – minced
  • 2 carrots – chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery – chopped
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup white wine
  • 8 ounces mushrooms – sliced
  • Italian Flat Leaf Parsley – roughly chopped


  1. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel, season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil and butter in a large dutch oven over medium heat. When melted, add chicken pieces. Cook for approximately 15 minutes or until browned turning often.
  3. Add onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes until softened. Lower heat to simmer. Add: carrots, celery, tomatoes. Stir to combine. Add wine. Cover and simmer for approx 45 minutes.
  4. 15 minutes before dish is finished add mushrooms. Check for seasoning. Adjust if necessary.
  5. Garish with parsley.



  1. 1

    I LOVE Le Crueset more than life and this chicken looks absolutely delicious!!!

  2. 2
    Michelle /

    Looks delicious!

  3. 3

    I think i would braise a gorgeous bird or maybe even duck?

  4. 4

    Oh my word how gorgeous! I think some Coq au Vin is called for if I win!!!

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    Maxine R. /

    That looks really, really good. I’m going to make it right after Thanksgiving. I just love chicken thighs.

  6. 6

    I would make some short ribs first, then your chicken cacciatore!

  7. 7

    Chicken cacciatore and family favorite. I would love to win

  8. 8

    i would love to make this recipe! 🙂

  9. 9

    Oooooooo I am dying for this!!

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    Clara /

    I would love to make chicken sopas 🙂

  11. 11

    I’d make some chicken sauce Piquante! Such a comforting recipe for the winter!

  12. 12

    I need a braiser, they are so great for slow cooking beef!

  13. 13
    Margot C /

    In your honor I would probably make your lovely looking Chicken Cacciatore recipe!

  14. 14

    would love to win this! would slow cook something amazing!

  15. 15

    A perfect dinner, simple to prepare, bursting with flavor! And the Le Creuset brasier is impeccable!

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    charu /


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    sarah /

    Awesome giveaway!

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    Kristen /

    I would love to try this recipe! it looks amazing!

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    Andy /

    I would braise some pork shanks in that with apples, cloves, juniper berries, and maybe some onion. Oh yes.

  20. 20
    Rebecca /

    Oh my goodness that looks delicious!!

  21. 21
    Lia Simpson /

    I would love to braise with Le Creuset!

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    Lisa S /


  23. 23

    I love how their pieces are so oven to table friendly! I laughed over the photo comment… we’ve all been there and hopefully we’ll all only continue to improve! I cringe over my old pics.

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    Rachel Park /

    looks amazing! definitely will try!

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    Lisa Bailey /

    Chicken Cacciatore is the ultimate comfort food for me. It was one of my mom’s specialties. So much so that I don’t really make it myself, but I am inspired to try by this post.

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    Lisa Bailey /

    I’m itching to try this Chorizo and Lentil Stew. This is the perfect pot for it.

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    Debbie /

    Chicken meatballs!

  29. 29
    Amy L /

    I’d like to make your Chicken Cacciatore with this pan. Looks yummy!

  30. 30
    Patty /

    I’m thrilled that your recipe doesn’t call for bell pepper, which I’m allergic to!

  31. 31

    I would make Chicken Cacciatore in honor of this giveaway…of course!

  32. 32

    I have three pieces of le Creuset and like yours- they are always near the stove, ready to be put to work. I think everything just tastes yummier in them! I cannot wait to try your recipe- sounds far tastier than the bell pepper loaded version my mom forced me to eat as a kid!

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    Pam Lyon /

    My pot roast!

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    Maureen /

    Pasta sauce for my Italian husband.

  35. 35

    This is beautiful! A friend and I were just talking about wanting to go back and redo recipes from when we started our blogs. I definitely need to. This looks great! I would make braised beef tips.

  36. 36
    Kel /

    I would make some sort of stew. thanks!!

  37. 37
    Jany G /

    I would make a bone in roast!

  38. 38
    Madison /

    I would make some soup!

  39. 39
    Carolyn /

    your recipe sounds delicious. perhaps i’ll jazz it up with bacon or prosciutto!

  40. 40
    Jen A /

    Given my meat options I would start with your beautiful chicken dish, but I would love to do an amazing stew

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    Sarah H.P. /

    I would make my hubby a delicious meal of beef bourginon!

  42. 42

    I’d braise some oxtails and serve them over buttered noodles!

  43. 43
    Aneesa /

    Le Creuset is indeed fabulous! I would make a moroccan lamb stew!

  44. 44
    Carol /

    I would make some braised short ribs!

  45. 45

    first thing I would make is to try this amazing recipe!! looks so incredible for these chilly Raleigh days we’ve been having!

  46. 46

    I have always wanted to own a La Crueset peice of cookware!

  47. 47
    Maggie /

    i’m not really sure what i would cook in it. i’d sort through my “to try soon” recipes to see if i could find an appropriate one. i’m wondering if i could get my family to try chicken cacciatore.

  48. 48
    sarapete /

    Everyday spaghetti bolognese.

  49. 49

    That looks so yummy, and like the perfect winter dish!

  50. 50
    sarapete /

    Everyday spaghetti bolognese would be on my list.

  51. 51
    Cecilia /

    I’ve never made chicken cacciatore but I think I’ll give it a shot! I bet it’s even more fun to make in le creuset!

  52. 52
    Meghan Finley /

    I’d make grouse and dumplings

  53. 53
    Michelle B /

    I don’t know which looks better the chicken or the braiser!!

  54. 54
    TK /

    something braised or some yummy meatballs!

  55. 55
    Elisa B /

    I would want to try something like cobbler, and then maybe pork chops in a mushroom/cream sauce.

  56. 56
    Carole /

    I saw your pin of this recipe earlier this evening. I want to make this soon. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  57. 57
    Mylynka /

    I want to make this Caccitore if I win (ok, and truthfully, even if I don’t win)!

  58. 58

    What a beautiful braiser! I’m definitely going to try out your Chicken Cacciatore recipe first. Looks super delicious and packed with wonderful flavors!

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    Rust /


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    Maureen /

    Love that your recipe doesn’t contain flour! Can’t wait to try it!

  61. 61

    Nothing beats my giant Le Creuset stockpot for tomato sauce or onion soup, but I can see where anyone would use this braiser often — I’m thinking rosemary pork with fennel.

  62. 62

    I adore chicken cacciatore and yours looks perfect, Paula!

  63. 63

    First off, I loved seeing your photography from way back when! I love how much we all have grown. This recipe looks fabulous and the 3 1/2 QUART BRAISER looks just as fabulous. I think it would be such a fabulous pot to use for one-pot meals like this one.

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    Athena /

    Braised short ribs

  65. 65

    I feel like meatballs would be great cooked in there with sauce.

  66. 66
    Barb /

    That is a great sized pot. I would use it for my favorite short ribs recipe

  67. 67

    I love my braiser and your chicken looks fabulous!!

  68. 68
    Rory W /

    Not sure if it would work or not, but I think I’d like to try baking some bread in it. Thanks for the chance to win!

  69. 69

    You know, this is my grandmother’s favorite meal but I’m honestly not sure if I’ve ever had it. Looks delicious!

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    Sara /

    I would try to make homemade chicken pot pie!

  71. 71

    Roasted Chicken Breasts with Lavender Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

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    Cheryl W. /

    Braised short ribs for sure!

  73. 74

    Thanks for the reminder. I think it’s been like 5 years since I made a good cacciatore..

  74. 75

    What would I make? What wouldn’t I? But first, I might make your chicken cacciatore. Looks so yummy….

  75. 76
    Tammy Bilodeau /

    I love Chicken Cacciatore and I LOVE le Creuset. Anything I can get my hands on from them is a Bonus for sure

  76. 77

    Beef bourguignon for sure.

  77. 78

    We have a freezer full of venison already! I would make lots of venison meatballs in tomato sauce!

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    emily /

    Looking at that photo, I’d have to start by making chicken cacciatore!

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    Cecilia /

    I have never made chicken cacciatore! But I think the universe is speaking to me because this is the second article on this dish in two days.

  80. 81
    Abs /

    I would make chicken & dumplings!

  81. 82

    I have a Moroccan chicken thigh recipe I’ve been wanting to try–I’d start with that!

  82. 83
    Karen /

    I might start with your recipe because it looks so good!

  83. 84
    Audrey /

    Probably some kind of soup.

  84. 85
    Elena /

    I would make beef and barley stew

  85. 86
    Stephanie /

    I would start with this chicken. It looks delicious!

  86. 87

    Mushroom biryani with cashews!

  87. 88

    I would probably make some kind of soup 🙂

  88. 89
    Julie /

    Maybe I would make cobbler

  89. 90
    Jace /

    I would love to make this! Love your blog and Le Crueset!

  90. 91
    Kristi E. /

    Never tried chicken cacciatore. Looks delicious! Will definitely give this one a try.

  91. 92
    Patty T /

    I would make chicken or ribs first in the braiser!

  92. 93
    Shelly /

    I’d probably make this chicken cacciatore.

  93. 94
    Kathleen /

    I would love to make the Chicken Cacciatore recipe in this braiser.

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    barbara n /

    I have been wanting to make Coq au Vin

  95. 96
    Jessie C. /

    I’d make beef stew first

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    JC /

    I would make short ribs first 🙂

  97. 98
    Diane /

    I remember my mother making Chicken Cacciatore when I was a child but I’ve never made it. I would try out the recipe you just posted! Sounds and looks fabulous!

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    Barbara Waterman /

    Yum! I haven’t made Chicken Cacciatore in years. Thanks for spurring me to make it again. And, finally to have a great cooking vessel to make it in….if I win that is….LOL.

  99. 100

    I would make cashew chicken in it

  100. 101
    Stephen Weinberg /

    I love a good single pot recipe and Le Creuset makes things easy!

  101. 102

    Well I do believe I’ll give this yummy chicken cacciatore dish a try!

  102. 103
    Babs /

    I have one really old Le Creuset dutch oven and use it at least once a week. Love Le Creuset and would love to win the lovely braiser.

  103. 104
    Smitha /

    Chicken Cacciatore of course!

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    Anne-Marie /

    Yummy chicken cacciatore!!! I am sad to say, I do not own any Le Creuset…..I have given pieces away as presents…..but none for me :(. Thank-you for the chance to win a great brasier!

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    TrishInFL /

    I LOVE Chicken Cacciatore! It’s one of my most favorite dishes, and I am realizing that I don’t make it nearly often enough!

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    Charlene /

    You’re Chicken Cacciatore looks amazing. I think that would be the first I’d like to try and cook.

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    Sandra Ruper /

    Love Love Love chicken cacciatore and Le Creuset and would love to win!

  108. 109

    I have never been lucky enough to own any Le Creuset, but would probably die if I won. I just went through a wicked breakup and my pro chef ex got all the good kitchen stuff 🙁

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    Elin /

    This recipe looks amazing and it’s all I can think about at the moment…haha

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    Yu Ming /

    I’d make a a black sauce braised pork with tofu and hard boiled eggs. Oh, it’s making me hungry already!

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    V. Mayer /

    I’d make some sort of vegetable-chicken stew in it, I believe – thanks for the chance!

  112. 113
    joy brow /

    I believe I will make your chicken cattetore as my first dish, it looks delicious thanks

  113. 114

    I’d braise some wild turkey.

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    Malerie C. /

    This recipe would be first of course!

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    Elena Vo /

    I’d make Palak Paneer!

  116. 117

    I would make a beef bourgignon in this beautiful braiser. mmm…

  117. 118
    JennyBC /

    Lovely dinner, lovely pot…and all in ONE too. Love it when it’s delicious and easy clean up!

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    Steflag /

    I would love this braiser! Beautiful!

  119. 120
    Megan /

    This Chicken Cacciatore looks super yummy! I may have to make that if I won a Le Creuset Braiser.

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    Deanna /

    Looks like a great recipe !

  121. 122

    I have no idea! I’m pretty new to cooking but I think this would help. 🙂

  122. 123

    I’ve seen recipes for chicken cacciatore before, but this one is a little fancier. It looks and sounds great! I would possibly make this first, or maybe one of the beer braised chicken dishes I have seen floating around.

  123. 124
    Linda /

    How does braised oxtails sound to everyone? Yummy!

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    Natalie J Vandenberghe /

    I’d love to make some Beef Stroganoff. Thanks for the giveaway!

  125. 126
    C.j. /

    I’d make a pork loin in red sauce!

  126. 127
    Mattie M /

    Love chicken cacciatore and would be perfect in that brasier.

  127. 128

    I would definitely make something with chicken and mushrooms first if I was lucky enough to win this Le Creuset Braiser. Chicken & mushrooms as main ingredients is one of my favorite combos and I think this would be perfect for that.

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    Jan /

    I’d make beef stew

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    Patti /

    My daughter is moving out in the Spring and just starting to buy for her future kitchen. This would be a wonderful addition.

  130. 131

    I’ve never made chicken cacciatore. You are making me seriously think about it, though. Looks beautiful!!

  131. 132
    Adele /

    I would love to have this Braiser to not only make this Chicken Caccitore and it would be a welcome addition to my kitchen.

  132. 133
    Ruth Naylor /

    Oh, short ribs here I come! Le Creuset has a short ribs recipe on their site done in this pan and I fell in love…with the pan and the recipe!

  133. 134
    Margaret /

    Yum! Makes my mouth water. I’ll have to make some chicken cacciatore this weekend.

  134. 135
    Andrea (From the Bookshelf) /

    What a great dish and great giveaway!

  135. 136

    I think your recipe for Chicken Cacciatore is one of the best that I’ve ever read and will have to make adjustments to my recipe for SURE! I love Le Crueset and this braiser would be a wonderful addition to my kitchen. Happy Thanksgiving Paula.

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    Cheri /

    Thanks to Ruth Naylor for the tip about the Le Creuset website.

  137. 138

    This looks delish!

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    Kent /

    What is the origin of the cacciatore dish?

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    Kenny /

    I love Le Creuset!

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    margarida v /

    a boeuf borgignon woul be lovely in a pot like this

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    Sarah Austin /

    Always nice to have a filling meal in a single pot. And its so pretty too!

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    Karen /

    I would love to own the Le Creuset. Thanks.

  143. 144

    Love this Cacciatore recipe – my Aunt used to make this every Christmas! LOVIN’ the Le Creuset pan too xxx

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    Cheryl S. /

    This recipe is one of my fav dishes to prepare, and winning the LC braiser would be awesome! 🙂

  145. 146
    Lien /

    I can’t wait to try out your Chicken Cacciatore recipe. It will be perfect for a chilly evening.

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    Annette /

    Love these recipes!!

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    Tracey Whitney /

    I think the recipe looks wonerful, but know it would taste even better if I won the LC braiser!

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    Kate H. /

    This recipe looks amazing!!

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    Kathie /

    Looks delicious!

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    CathyH /

    This looks great! Perfect for us!

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    Lisa LeBlanc /

    Would LUV this braiser!!!

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    Michelle AP /

    I have not made Chicken Cacciatore in years. Thanks for the recipe. Will do this up next week after we are sick of turkey. Always dreamed of a Le Creuset pan/pot but always talk myself out of getting one. The green is so nice, thanks for the chance to win.

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    Bonnie K /

    This looks absolutely delicious. We love chicken and are always looking for different ways to prepare them.

  154. 155

    What a great giveaway! and the recipe looks amazing! thank you!

  155. 156
    Deb H. /

    Chicken Cacciatore is comfort food to me. It reminds me of living with my great grand parents…ah, how good life was then

  156. 157

    Love the green! I wish I owned more Le Creuset. The recipe looks delish!

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    Debbie L /

    What a beautiful pan. I would love to win this.

  158. 159
    Cindi /

    I would love to win this for my son who is away

    at school and loves to cook…
    Thanks, Cindi

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    Allison C /

    Looks like a pan I could use!

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    Theresa /

    One of my favorite “Mom used to make it” dishes!

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    latanya /

    a pot roast

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    Jackie /

    That is the very size I need!

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    SarahB /

    I’d love to make Chicken Paprikash!

  164. 165

    I’d like to fry or brown chicken breasts.

  165. 166
    Michelle S /

    What a beauty! From sove to table….fabulous 🙂

  166. 167

    Love the recipe and the giveaway! Just in time for holiday cooking! Thanks!

  167. 168

    The LC braiser has LONG been on my wish list. Your recipe is the PERFECT dish for that beautiful kitchen tool!


  168. 169

    Chicken Cacciatore and Le Creuset just go hand in hand don’t they? I love them both! My mom presented me with a set of Le Creuset pans at my bridal shower many, many years ago and I still have most of those original pans today.

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    Patricia wojnar Crowley /

    I’d make some braised beef stew!

  170. 171

    I would LOVE to win!

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    Toyia Hatten /

    That looks delicious! Off to the pantry to see if I have the ingredients around……

  172. 173

    This recipe looks great and I would love to win!

  173. 174
    Teresa Organ /

    I’m not sure what I would make but I’m pretty sure it would be something good.

  174. 175
    Leann Lindeman /

    I LOVE Le Creuset! I am not sure what I would make.. some super yummy meat…?

  175. 176

    looks great. Can’t wait to make it

  176. 177

    THIS looks amazing; I am such a chicken lover and this looks so simple and fresh! I am putting this on my agenda for tomorrow night! Hope you are well; miss you tons and wish we lived closer.
    Happy Holidays!
    LOVE YA!

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    CookingDad /

    This recipe looks amazing in the pictures, but it is the most bland chicken cacciatore recipe i have ever tasted. Needs work.

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