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Chicken Cacciatore

September 1, 2015 (Last Updated: February 21, 2021)

Chicken Cacciatore is 100% pure Italian rustic comfort food, right down to the braised chicken thighs, drumsticks, and sautéed red peppers with onions. It was cooked to a pure Italian comfort food goodness in San Marzano tomatoes and quality dry red wine.

There are typically many variations of Chicken Cacciatore, based upon ingredients available in specific regions of Italy. For example, in southern Italy, cacciatore often includes red wine. In comparison, northern Italian chefs might use white wine instead. Some versions of the entrée may use mushrooms, diced carrots, capers, or even green olives depending on the family recipe. You will also find that not all recipes for Chicken Cacciatore will contain tomatoes upon visiting Italy.

 

 

Chicken CacciatoreNow, what is the meaning behind this deliciously comforting Italian recipe?

Cacciatore: (pronounced [kattʃaˈtoːre]) meanshunter” in Italian. In cuisine, alla cacciatora refers to a meal cooked “hunter-style” with onions, herbs, usually tomatoes, often bell peppers, and sometimes wine.

Our family on my mother’s side, having migrated from the Southern region of Italy and Sicily, tend to use a dry, dark red wine when cooking Chicken Cacciatore. The flavor is unbelievably wonderful with this melt-in-your-mouth family recipe. You could adapt this recipe, of course, simply by adding a quality dry white wine if desired.

Being Chicken Cacciatore is a recipe all of its own. Our family enjoys this recipe along with creamy polenta, crusty Italian bread, or even garlic mashed potatoes. It is seldom served in our traditional Italian home with pasta. However, this is your dinner, enjoy it how you wish is my opinion.

 

 

 

What exactly is braising meat?

Braising meat; is to fry choice meat such as chicken, rabbit, veal, and lightly in olive oil and then stew it slowly in a Dutch oven or a sizeable heavy-lidded metal pan.

 

 

 

Have you ever braised meat? If not, here are a few tips.
  1. Sear the meat: Season the meat on all sides with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Pour authentic olive oil into a Dutch oven; set over medium-high heat, then add the meat. Don’t overcrowd. Cook for 5 minutes on each side; enough get deep color all over. Remove the meat from the Dutch oven; set aside till ready.
  2. Saute the vegetables: Cook chopped the onions, garlic, peppers in the pan, drippings left from searing the meat, stirring frequently. Like the above step, use medium-high heat for cooking the vegetables, careful not to scorch them.
  3. Deglaze the Dutch oven: Add the braising liquid, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the pot’s bottom with a wooden turner. Those little bits will add an explosion of flavor to your recipe.
  4. Braising the meat: Return the meat to the Dutch oven, with any pan juices, wine, etc. The meat should not be completely submerged at the time of cooking. Bring the liquids to a simmer, then cover and slide into a 325-degree oven or maintain 325-degrees on the stovetop.

 

 

 

Chicken Cacciatore

  • Four chicken thighs, skin on
  • Four chicken legs, skin on
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour for dredging
  • Three tablespoons of authentic olive oil
  • One large red bell pepper chopped
  • One large yellow onion chopped
  • Six garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 of a cup of quality dry red wine
  • 1 -28-ounce can of diced San Marzano tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 of a cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • Two tablespoons of drained capers
  • 1/2 teaspoons dried Rosemary
  • One tablespoon of dried basil
  • red pepper flakes to own taste
  • 1/4 of a cup fresh flat-leaf parsley chopped

 

 

 

Directions

  1. Liberally season both sides of the chicken thighs and drumsticks with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
  2. Dredge the chicken in all-purpose flour and lightly shake excess all-purpose flour off.
  3. In a large Dutch oven, heat the authentic olive oil over a medium-high flame. Add the chicken to the Dutch oven and cook till just until a light golden brown, about 5-6 minutes on each side.
  4. Add the chopped red bell pepper, chopped yellow onion, and minced garlic to the same Dutch oven and cook over medium heat until the onion has softened about 4-5 minutes. You may season with a touch of more kosher salt and freshly ground pepper if desired.
  5. Next, add the dry red wine and lightly simmer until the dry red wine has reduced by about half, about 4  minutes.
  6. Add the San Marzano tomatoes along with the juice, low-sodium broth, capers, dried Rosemary, dried basil, and red pepper flakes to your taste.
  7. Return the chicken thighs and drumsticks to the Dutch oven and flip them a few times to coat the chicken in the sauce.
  8. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Continue simmering over medium-low heat until the chicken is just cooked through, about  35- 40 minutes.
  9. Carefully remove the chicken from the Dutch oven and place it in a deep serving dish. Spoon the sauce over chicken pieces and garnish with chopped flat-leaf parsley before serving.
  10. It may be served with a creamy side of polenta, pasta, crusty Italian bread, or mashed potatoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Cacciatore is 100% pure Italian rustic comfort food, right down to the braised chicken thighs, drumsticks, and sautéed red peppers with onions. Cooked to a pure Italian comfort food goodness in San Marzano tomatoes and quality dry red wine.

Chicken Cacciatore

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Chicken Cacciatore is 100% pure Italian rustic comfort food, right down to the braised chicken thighs, drumsticks, and sautéed red peppers with onions.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
0 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 People
Calories 488 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Chicken thighs skin on
  • 4 Chicken legs skin on
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • Black pepper to own taste
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour sifted
  • 1 Red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 Yellow onion chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup Red table wine
  • 1/2 cup Low sodium chicken broth
  • 28- ounces Organic San Marzano diced tomatoes + juice
  • 2 tablespoons Capers drained
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Basil may use fresh
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Rosemary may use fresh
  • 1 pinch Red Pepper flakes +more if desired
  • 1/4 cup Fresh flat-leaf parsley chopped

Instructions
 

  • Liberally season both sides of the chicken thighs and drumsticks with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

  • Dredge the chicken in all-purpose flour and lightly shake excess all-purpose flour off.

  • In a large Dutch oven, heat the authentic olive oil over a medium-high flame. Add the chicken to the Dutch oven and cook till just until a light golden brown, about 5-6 minutes on each side.

  • Add the chopped red bell pepper, chopped yellow onion, and minced garlic to the same Dutch oven and cook over medium heat until the onion has softened about 4-5 minutes. You may season with a touch more kosher salt and freshly ground pepper if desired.

  • Add the San Marzano tomatoes along with the juice, low-sodium broth, capers, dried Rosemary, dried basil, and red pepper flakes to own taste.

  • Return the chicken thighs and drumsticks to the Dutch oven and flip them a few times to coat the chicken in the sauce.

  • Bring the sauce to a simmer. Continue simmering over medium-low heat until the chicken is just cooked through, about  35- 40 minutes.

  • Carefully remove the chicken from the Dutch oven and place in a deep serving dish, ladle the sauce over chicken pieces and garnish with chopped flat-leaf parsley before serving.

Notes

Although themccallumsshamrockpatch.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and how ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Under no circumstances will themccallumsshamrockpatch.com be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from your reliance on nutritional information.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 488kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 31gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 404mgPotassium: 730mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1139IUVitamin C: 44mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Braised Chicken, Chicken Cacciatore
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Chicken Cacciatore is 100% pure Italian rustic comfort food, right down to the braised chicken thighs, drumsticks, and sautéed red peppers with onions. Cooked to a pure Italian comfort food goodness in San Marzano tomatoes and quality dry red wine.

 

 

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Divya Prakash
    September 20, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    This looks so flavorful and delicious.

  • Reply
    The Hungry Mum
    September 6, 2015 at 7:24 am

    The Hungry Dad would love this – so packed with flavour.

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