Hunter-Style Chicken {Chicken Cacciatore }

Hunter-Style Chicken {Chicken Cacciatore } looks very impressive on the dinner table, but really it’s so simple and easy to make. All you’ll need to make this delicious tasting Hunter-Style Chicken is chicken thighs, flour, olive oil, onions, chopped red bell peppers, plum tomatoes, green olives, fresh minced garlic, red wine, chicken stock, thyme, fresh basil, a touch of oregano, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

Hunter-Style Chicken {Chicken Cacciatore } is an old traditional Italian dish that combines the harvests of local gardens and the surrounding forests of Italy . However, there are many authentic versions of this popular rustic chicken dish depending on the area of Italy you are visiting. If you are making Chicken cacciatore in Southern Italy,  red wine is most likely used in the sauce, and if you visiting  Northern Italy, then you may find they tend to use a white wine. You may also notice rabbit being used instead of chicken in this dish.

Hunter-Style Chicken {Chicken Cacciatore } looks impressive but really it's so simple and easy to make. All you'll need to make this delicious tasting Hunter-Style Chicken is chicken thighs, onions, chopped bell peppers, tomatoes,fresh minced garlic, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, red wine, olive oil, flour, thyme, fresh basil, and a touch of oregano.Did you know not all Chicken Cacciatore recipes have tomatoes in it, and that it was a traditional Italian dish that hunters could easily make in the field if they needed to cook a meal? That is why you will find some recipes on Pinterest or the web vastly differ from one another. I like using tomatoes in mine so my recipe will call for the use of tomatoes today y’all.Hunter-Style Chicken {Chicken Cacciatore } looks impressive but really it's so simple and easy to make. All you'll need to make this delicious tasting Hunter-Style Chicken is chicken thighs, onions, chopped bell peppers, tomatoes,fresh minced garlic, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, red wine, olive oil, flour, thyme, fresh basil, and a touch of oregano.Really, Hunter-Style Chicken {Chicken Cacciatore } is more of what I would call a chicken stew with chicken, sautéed veggies, garlic, and herbs as a base. I like using red or green peppers to give my Hunter-Style Chicken {Chicken Cacciatore } an extra layer of flavor.Hunter-Style Chicken {Chicken Cacciatore } looks impressive but really it's so simple and easy to make. All you'll need to make this delicious tasting Hunter-Style Chicken is chicken thighs, onions, chopped bell peppers, tomatoes, green olives, fresh minced garlic, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, red wine, olive oil, flour, thyme, fresh basil, and a touch of oregano.Some of the ingredients that may have been modernized from the early Renaissance period; when the only Italian people who could afford poultry or the sport of hunting were the well-to-do upper-class, which brings me to one question? Why was a chicken/poultry so expensive to eat? Couldn’t the average person afford to make bullets? I find the story hard to believe, surely they could have used a simple bow and arrow couldn’t they? Points I will be pondering for the rest of this blog post I imagine.Hunter-Style Chicken {Chicken Cacciatore } looks impressive but really it's so simple and easy to make. All you'll need to make this delicious tasting Hunter-Style Chicken is chicken thighs, onions, chopped bell peppers, tomatoes, green olives, fresh minced garlic, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, red wine, olive oil, flour, thyme, fresh basil, and a touch of oregano.Back to my original point of the ingredients being modernized over time, some of the items, I believe to be modernized are the addition of flour, tomatoes, and maybe even the peppers. I would think since food was more simple and down to earth in the Renaissance period these items may actually be a later addition to the recipe when it was handed down each generation. I mean, I don’t really see a Hunter dragging a big burlap bag of peppers, tomatoes, and flour off on his hunting excursion, do you? One will never know, though…

Hunter-Style Chicken {Chicken Cacciatore }

  •  4 pounds of chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
  • 1 of a cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4  of a cup of quality red wine
  • 1/4 of a cup of chicken stock
  • 1- 28 -ounce can of diced plum tomatoes + the juice
  • 10 green olives
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh chopped oregano
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh chopped basil
  • kosher salt to own taste
  • freshly ground pepper to own taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse the chicken thighs  and pat them dry.
  2. Season the chicken thighs on all sides with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Place 1 of a cup of all-purpose flour on a plate, dredge the chicken thighs in the all-purpose flour evenly coating the chicken thighs.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large metal large skillet on medium heat, then place the chicken thighs skin side down in the metal skillet.
  5. Cook the chicken thighs until lightly browned, about 4-5 minutes, then turn them over and lightly brown the other sides of the chicken thighs.
  6. Remove the chicken thighs  from the metal skillet with tongs and place on a clean plate, set aside.
  7. Drain off most of the chicken oil or fat from the metal skillet,  leaving about 2 tablespoons of the rendered fat; just enough to coat the bottom of the metal skillet.
  8. Add the chopped onions, chopped red bell peppers. Cook the veggies until the onions are translucent and the red bell peppers have softened about 8- 10 minutes. Add the  minced garlic to the metal skillet and cook 1-2 minutes.
  9. Add the  red wine to deglaze the metal skillet  which will remove all the little bits in the bottom of the pan to give another layer of flavor. Simmer until the wine has reduced itself by about half.
  10. Next ,add the chicken broth, canned diced plum tomatoes + juice, green olives, chopped thyme, oregano, basil, kosher salt , and freshly ground black peppers to own taste.
  11. Reduce heat to low and slowly simmer uncovered for about 6-7 minutes.
  12. Place the braised chicken thighs on top of the tomatoes and onion mixture, making sure the skin side is up.
  13. Cook on low heat for about 20 minutes uncovered, then 15 minutes covered.
  14. Serve while hot with favorite pasta, couscous, or even rice if desired.
  15. Enjoy!

Hunter-Style Chicken {Chicken Cacciatore } looks very impressive on the dinner table, but really it's so simple and easy to make. All you'll need to make this delicious tasting Hunter-Style Chicken is chicken thighs, flour, olive oil, onions, chopped red bell peppers, plum tomatoes, green olives, fresh minced garlic, red wine, chicken stock, thyme, fresh basil, a touch of oregano, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

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6 comments

  1. I make my cacciatore with tomatoes and didn’t realize that there were recipes without them. My question would be, “is it an authentic Italian recipe without the tomatoes?” I wonder. Yours looks lovely, Heidy!

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