Veggie Loaded Chicken Cacciatore Bake | Mostly Homemade Mom

Veggie Loaded Chicken Cacciatore Bake

August 23, 2014
Seared chicken over diced tomatoes and sauce, topped green peppers, mushrooms, and garlic for this incredible weeknight casserole bake!

Ok everyone, this one here's not pretty. Ha! I'm keeping it real today here on Mostly Homemade Mom. I like things that are neat, pretty, clean, uncluttered. In fact, around my house, too many knick knacks bug the crapola out of me! When we moved to our new house in April, I only put out a few of the pictures and decor that I really loved and the rest stayed in boxes in the basement.

One long basket above the entertainment center with some greens. My wedding box, our photo books, and two decorative flower pots on the book case (oh and books). Just a simple white basket serving tray and a ceramic vase with some fake flowers on the coffee table.

And you know what?

I love it that way! It actually gave me a while to rethink the style I was going for and what colors and patterns I really like. Although, sometimes it takes me a REALLY long to time figure that out, haha!

Now this casserole? It's not any of those things. Messy. Cluttered. Sloppy. You name it. I'm sharing it with you anyway because it's THAT GOOD! Don't like mushrooms? Keep them out. Have one lone zucchini hanging out in your fridge? Slice it up and throw it in! I love how versatile and affordable this meal is!

Veggie Loaded Chicken Cacciatore Bake

4-6 skinless bone-in chicken thighs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
4 bell peppers, sliced into strips
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
6 cloves of garlic, sliced
15 oz can tomato sauce
15 oz can diced tomatoes, drained

In a stockpot, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Pat chicken dry and place in pot to sear in juices (they will finish cooking in the oven). Turn after 3-4 minutes or until browned. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside. Add onion to stock pot and cook until translucent, stirring up the chicken bits with the onion at the bottom. Add in the peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and garlic and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until vegetables are beginning to get soft. In the mean time, pour tomato sauce and diced tomatoes into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Place chicken pieces on top. Spread vegetables over the chicken. Cover with foil, and bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours, or until chicken is done. Allow casserole to rest for a few minutes before serving.

I chose not to serve this with pasta or rice for dinner, but for leftovers I combined the rest of the sauce with 2 cups of brown rice and it was awesome! I was able to get dinner and about 3 lunches out of this casserole - score!

Here are some more of my favorite casseroles:

Homemade Cheesy Beef-A-Roni

Creamy Ham & Noodle Casserole

Cheesy Stuffed Pepper Casserole

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10 comments on "Veggie Loaded Chicken Cacciatore Bake"
  1. Looks hearty, delicious and healthy. Blessings, Catherine

  2. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomAugust 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    It is, Catherine! I hope you have a beautiful week! :)

  3. This is perfect for a Sunday Family dinner.

  4. I hear ya on the crap and has been driving me nuts in our house. So many boxes and bags have been making their way to goodwill! Love this crazy messy dish...perfect comfort food! And I love how easy it is to change out the veggies you have on hand!

  5. Love main dishes that are loaded with veggies. Looks delicious!

  6. Oh man this looks so good!! My family would devour this lovely dinner!!

  7. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomAugust 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Thanks so much, Aimee!

  8. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomAugust 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Me too, Debra. It makes you feel good to serve it to your family!

  9. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade MomAugust 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    See, stuff makes it into the bags but most of the time I never actually remember to get it to Goodwill! Which is why my basement looks like a disaster...

  10. Tonia@thegunnysackAugust 28, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    What a delicious way to get your veggies!