Chicken Cacciatore

This hearty Italian dish translates to Hunter’s Stew. Cacciatore means hunter and this dish gets its name as it is prepared ” a la hunter” style with lots of peppers, onions, tomatoes and seasoning. Traditionally made with chicken or rabbit, this dish can be served with a variety of sides including pasta, broad noodles, rice or mashed potatoes, or, simply add a loaf of crusty bread and a big, bold red!

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

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Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Chicken Cacciatore

  • Author: Kilted Chef
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x


A perfect winter meal!


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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 5lbs chicken legs and thighs, skin on, bone in
  • 1 onion, medium dice
  • 1 green pepper medium dice
  • 1 red pepper, medium dice
  • 8 oz button mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red wine ( substitute beef broth)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 15 oz crushed tomatoes


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Heat olive oil and butter in a Dutch oven or heavy bottomed oven proof pot.
  3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and fry in batches until golden brown. Remove from pot and set aside.
  4. Add the onions, green and red pepper, mushrooms’ and garlic to the pot. Sautee until the vegetables begin to soften.
  5. Deglaze the pot with the red wine scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
  6. Add the spices and cook until fragrant, 4-5 minutes, stirring often.
  7. Add the cream, tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes, stir well. Bring to a boil. reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  8. Add the chicken to the pot and place in oven, bake for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature of  the chicken reaches 165-168 degrees.
  9. Serve with side of choice.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Entrees, Chicken, Stews and Soups, recipes