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Weight Watchers Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

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Making a Weight Watchers chicken cacciatore recipe doesn’t have to be difficult! This chicken cacciatore Instant Pot recipe is easy, delicious, and just 4 Points green for the new myWW program! Don’t miss out on any of these Weight Watchers chicken recipes!

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Weight Watchers Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

If you have never made chicken cacciatore before this is a great place to start. My Instant Pot version of this recipe could not be more simple or easy to accomplish. It’s fast and low matienance thanks to the electric pressure cooker. This is a healthy chicken cacciatore recipe so you can have it on Weight Watchers without making any changes. 

The finished chicken cacciatore recipe in a bowl ready to be served.

I’ll share the points breakdown below so you can see how this fits into your particular plan. It’s just 4 Points Green on the new three color program for Freestyle WW. Low in points, high in flavor, it’s an all around winner in my house! 

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What do I need to make this chicken cacciatore Instant Pot recipe? 

Below you’ll find the list of ingredients for this recipe. It’s longer than usual but that’s because there’s so much flavor packed into this recipe. This is a great date night recipe if you need something to whip up at home that is healthy and budget friendly! You’ll also need an Instant Pot (affiliate link) or other electric pressure cooker (affiliate link). 

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  • 4 – 6 ounce bone-in and skinless chicken thighs
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, adjust amount to taste
  • 4 medium sized carrots, cut into 2 inch pieces 
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • ½ lb of sliced cremini mushrooms (can also use small whole mushrooms instead)
  • 1 cup or 2 oz fresh porcini or shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves (can substitute with 1 teaspoon dried)
  • ½ cup fo low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup of dry red wine of your choice
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tsp of cornstarch 
  • 2 tsp of water
  • ½ cup of grape tomato halves
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, or adjust to taste
Finished chicken cacciatore recipe ready to be served.

Do I have to include the mushrooms? 

Part of a good chicken cacciatore is the mushrooms but if you are allergic, sick of them, don’t like them, etc. you can leave them out. It’s not going to impact cooking time or mess up the recipe to leave out the mushrooms if they’re a deal breaker for you! 

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How to make weight watchers chicken cacciatore Recipe: 

Here we see the ingredients for the chicken cacciatore recipe laid out before we begin cooking.
  1. Place the chicken thighs on a plate and spry them with the olive oil spray and then sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of salt, do so on both sides but don’t’ use too much oil spray. Select the Saute function of your Instant Pot or any pressure cooker, set to 15 minutes and allow it to warm up or display Hot. Then add the chicken thighs placing them top side down, allow to brown then you can flip over and brown the second or bone side. You’ll know they’re ready to flip over when they peel away from the pot easily. Remove the browned chicken from the pot and set aside on a clean plate.
  2. Next add the carrots, the onion, both mushroom types, the garlic, rosemary and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Stir to well combine the ingredients and cook until the onion has softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Make sure to keep stirring so the ingredients don’t burn and stick to the pot.
  3. In the meantime, in a small bowl whisk the chicken broth, the wine and tomato paste until well combined. Then pour over the vegetables. Put the browned chicken back into the pot and do so top down so the bone side is facing up. Press cancel on the Saute function then secure the lid on and move the valve to Sealing. Next select Pressure Cook, Low Pressure and set the time to 7 minutes. Once the cooking time is done select cancel to turn off your pot then let the pressure cooker sit for 5 minutes. Very carefully, use a wooden spoon to move the valve to Venting to release any build up pressure, it’s safe to open when the pin drops. When opening carefully turn and lift the lid facing away from your face.
  4. Use a slotted spoon to carefully lift and remove the chicken and vegetables onto a serving platter. Skim the fat off the leftover cooking sauce. Select the Saute function and set to 15 minutes. Allow the sauce to come to a boil. While you wait combine the cornstarch with the water until there are no lumps. Pour it into the sauce and stir until the sauce thickens to a gravy-like consistency. Next stir in the tomatoes, select Cancel to turn off the pot. Use a ladle to pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables. Lastly sprinkle with the red pepper flakes and enjoy!
A look at the finished recipe in bowls ready to be served

Do you have the Weight Watchers information for this recipe? 

Of course we have the WW counts for this delicious cacciatore recipe. Now that there are three plans it can be tricky to know which recipes are for your program and which are for the other color coded plans. Here are the counts for each plan! 

  • Green Plan: 4 Points Per Serving
  • Blue Plan: 4 Points Per Serving
  • Purple Plan: 4 Points Per Serving
Points bubble breakdown for the WW chocolate chip cookies.

What do I serve with this delicious recipe? 

You can serve this chicken cacciatore with vegetable, over rice, or with whole wheat pasta. I’d recommending using whatever works with your particular Weight Watchers plan or if you are watching your carbs you can always serve this with fresh or cooked vegetables of your choice. 

Adding a serving of whole wheat pasta is about 4 Freestyle Smart Points for reference. 

A top down look at the finished recipe in a bowl ready to be eaten.

Do you have any other WW recipes I can try? 

If you are looking for other healthy recipes I’d suggest you try my variety of WW recipes. They’re lighter and more health conscious than other recipes and even if you are not on the Weight Watchers program you can still benefit from eating these healthy recipes. 

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A side view of the finished chicken recipe.

Printable WW Chicken Cacciatore Recipe: 

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Yield: 4 Servings

Weight Watchers Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Featured image showing the finished chicken cacciatore instant pot recipe.

Making a Weight Watchers chicken cacciatore recipe doesn't have to be difficult! This chicken cacciatore Instant Pot recipe is easy, delicious, and just 4 Points green for the new WW Freestyle program! 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 - 6 ounce bone-in and skinless chicken thighs (24 o)
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, adjust amount to taste
  • 4 medium sized carrots, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • ½ lb of sliced cremini mushrooms (can also use small whole mushrooms instead)
  • 1 cup or 2 oz fresh porcini or shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves (can substitute with 1 teaspoon dried)
  • ½ cup fo low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup of dry red wine of your choice
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tsp of cornstarch
  • 2 tsp of water
  • ½ cup of grape tomato halves
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, or adjust to taste

Instructions

1. Place the chicken thighs on a plate and spry them with the olive oil spray and then sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of salt, do so on both sides but don't’ use too much oil spray. Select the Saute function of your Instant Pot or any pressure cooker, set to 15 minutes and allow it to warm up or display Hot. Then add the chicken thighs placing them top side down, allow to brown then you can flip over and brown the second or bone side. You’ll know they’re ready to flip over when they peel away from the pot easily. Remove the browned chicken from the pot and set aside on a clean plate.

2. Next add the carrots, the onion, both mushroom types, the garlic, rosemary and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Stir to well combine the ingredients and cook until the onion has softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Make sure to keep stirring so the ingredients don’t burn and stick to the pot.

3. In the meantime, in a small bowl whisk the chicken broth, the wine and tomato paste until well combined. Then pour over the vegetables. Put the browned chicken back into the pot and do so top down so the bone side is facing up. Press cancel on the Saute function then secure the lid on and move the valve to Sealing. Next select Pressure Cook, Low Pressure and set the time to 7 minutes. Once the cooking time is done select cancel to turn off your pot then let the pressure cooker sit for 5 minutes. Very carefully, use a wooden spoon to move the valve to Venting to release any build up pressure, it’s safe to open when the pin drops. When opening carefully turn and lift the lid facing away from your face.

4. Use a slotted spoon to carefully lift and remove the chicken and vegetables onto a serving platter. Skim the fat off the leftover cooking sauce. Select the Saute function and set to 15 minutes. Allow the sauce to come to a boil. While you wait combine the cornstarch with the water until there are no lumps. Pour it into the sauce and stir until the sauce thickens to a gravy-like consistency. Next stir in the tomatoes, select Cancel to turn off the pot. Use a ladle to pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables. Lastly sprinkle with the red pepper flakes and enjoy!

Notes

1 Serving is: 1 chicken thigh and 1/2 cup vegetables with 1/4 cup of sauce.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 404Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 208mgSodium 929mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 3gSugar 6gProtein 45g

As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts, WW points and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish. The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.

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