Chicken Cacciatore: Don’t Let This Dish Pass You By

15 Jan
by Deanne

If you are not from an Italian family, you might have missed this dish. Steve and I prepared it for the family, and I was the only one who’d had it before.  I made it once as a teenager…that must have been back when I was fairly certain I’d marry an Italian. ;)

It’s a hearty, but not heavy, meal for a cold winter’s night.  It’s a great way to use some of the summer veggies you stored from your garden or the farmer’s market: tomatoes, green or red peppers, carrots, and garlic.  We used the tomatoes that we put in the freezer at the end  summer.A photo of summer tomatoesWe adapted several recipes, but below is the basic recipe from my 1975 edition of The Joy of Cooking

Our adaptations:

  • We added green peppers and roasted the mushrooms. 
  • We used red wine instead of white wine.
  • We seasoned with fresh oregano and basil instead of the spices listed in the recipe.

Chicken Cacciatore is a versatile dish because even with our recipe adaptations and changes it was still very satisfying.

Chicken Cacciatore or Hunter’s Chicken

from the Joy of Cooking

Cut a 4lb. chicken into individual pieces

Dredge with 2-3 tablespoons flour

Sauté until golden in 1/4 cup olive oil with

  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1 minced garlic


  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3/4 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon sweet marjoram
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or 1/4 cup Muscatel

Simmer the chicken covered with vegetables and spices for 1 hour or until tender.  Serve with boiled pasta or sautéed new potatoes.

We’d love to hear if you have our own version of Chicken Cacciatore or enjoy this dish as a family tradition.


7 Responses to “Chicken Cacciatore: Don’t Let This Dish Pass You By”

  1. frugalfeeding January 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    This sounds awesome and right up my street. I shall have to try it!

  2. Susan January 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Deanne, this sounds really good. I have an old weight watcher Chicken Cacciatore recipe which is done in the crockpot… your’s sounds so much more sophisticated!! I’ll bet your’s is better!!

    • realocalcooking January 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

      Adding red wine makes anything sophisicated…;) Crock pot recipes are always great!

  3. Corrine January 15, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    Hi Deanne, thanks for the chicken cacciatore recipe. I prepared it tonight. I tossed in some spears of broccoli on the top the last 10 minutes to simmer. Extra veggies. Thanks for sharing. Mom

    • realocalcooking January 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

      That’s great. We hope you enjoyed it…extra veggies are always a good thing.

  4. Sarah April 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    I agree, adding red wine makes you feel like you’re a pro!

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