Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe by 2sistersrecipes.com

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe is a Tuscan rustic-style stew that cooks the chicken in a skillet with a rich, flavorful sauce. A comforting dish, chicken cacciatore is often served over polenta or risotto. It is so good – you’ll fall in love with this classic Tuscan-Style Chicken Cacciatore recipe.

What is Chicken Cacciatore?

Chicken Cacciatore, originated in Tuscany, Italy. Cacciatore in Italian means “hunter.”

This dish is known to be a “hunter’s-style” stew, where the hunters took their “game” like rabbit or duck, and cooked them outdoors in a skillet using fresh herbs, and vegetables.

Italian restaurants usually serve it over creamy polenta, risotto, or creamy mashed potatoes. But this recipe is so easy, you can make chicken cacciatore and enjoy it at home.

The recipe will take about 1 hour to make it. Perfect for a rainy day, or on a chilly night.

A forkful of polenta, vegetables and chicken cacciatore. by 2sistersrecipes.com

Building Flavors with Ingredients Needed for Chicken Cacciatore Recipe…

Staple ingredients are what make this chicken dish so darn easy! For our Chicken Cacciatore Recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

CHICKEN: Choose either all-natural or organic chicken thighs or breasts. We prefer skinless, but it is your choice.

HERBS: For the best flavor use fresh rosemary and fresh Italian parsley. But no worries, if you don’t have any “fresh” on hand, you can use the dried herbs in a jar.

VEGETABLES: The recipe calls for 1/2 of an onion, 2 garlic cloves, 1 carrot, 2 stalks of celery, and 5 ounces (rinsed and drained) of sliced white mushrooms (which is optional). These veggies will add flavor to this dish.

RED WINE: Choose a favorite drinking red wine for this recipe. You may have some red wine leftovers, or plan to open a bottle of red for dinner anyway.

PLUMP TOMATOES: Choose a 28-ounce can of Italian “peeled” tomatoes, preferably San Marzano tomatoes. You will only need about 4 to 5 plump tomatoes. Reserve the remaining in a container for another recipe.

OLIVE OIL: As always, choose a good quality extra virgin olive oil to get the best flavor ever.

*OPTIONAL: I also added 1/2 of a red pepper, and 1/2 of a yellow pepper, which is optional. I had them in the fridge and decided to add them for additional flavor. But it is totally optional.

How to Make Chicken Cacciatore?

Italians love to build flavor by adding ingredients slowly and sometimes one at a time. Be sure to use a large, heavy, and deep skillet for this recipe (a 12-inch skillet with a lid is preferred).

STEP 1: SAUTE the CHICKEN: First, the chicken is seasoned with some salt and pepper. Next, heat olive oil in your heavy deep skillet. Add the chicken breasts and cook for a few minutes per side to brown them, and seal in its juices.

STEP 2: ADD the VEGETABLES: Next, add the chopped onion, garlic, carrot, and celery to the skillet, along with some rosemary, and simmered for about 2 minutes, to soften the veggies. Stir occasionally.

2 photos, one white board with chopped veggies, and red wine poured into the skillet with chicken. by 2sistersrecipes.com

STEP 3: DEGLAZE the PAN: Pour in the red wine, and stir to deglaze the pan while it simmers and flavors the chicken. Allow the red wine to reduce a little.

STEP 4: MAKE THE SAUCE: Toss in the plump tomatoes, about 4 or 5 of them is needed. Pull them from a 28-ounce can of San Marzano tomatoes. Sprinkle a little salt and a dash of cayenne pepper. Use a wooden spoon to break up the plump tomatoes, and simmer on low heat for about 2 minutes.

Plump Tomatoes from a can of peeled tomatoes, and added to the skillet with chicken and veggies. by 2sistersrecipes.com

STEP 5: ADD REMAINING VEGGIES: Add the mushrooms, sliced peppers, and fresh Italian parsley. Stir to combine the mixture. Then COVER with a lid and simmer on low heat, for 20 to 25 minutes.

*QUICK NOTE: The mushrooms will release enough liquid to enhance the sauce.

2 photos of cooking veggies and chicken in a stainless-steel skillet,

Finally, taste, and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Turn off the heat and cover and keep warm until you are ready to serve.

STEP 6: TO SERVE: It’s best to serve each chicken breast with a generous spoonful of vegetable stew sauce over the chicken. You can serve it alone with some crusty bread to scoop up some of that fragrant flavorful sauce.

Serves 4

Cook’s Notes and Tips for this recipe…

  • You can use a variety of chicken parts, either “bone-in” or “boneless.” But we like to keep it simple! Choose 1 part of the chicken, this way there’s no guessing if they are fully cooked, and within the same time.
  • Also, you can cook the chicken parts with skins. It is totally a personal preference. We prefer “skinless” chicken breasts or thighs.
  • Vegetables and fresh herbs give the sauce its unique flavors and textures.
  • A few “plump tomatoes” (about 4 or 5) from a can of peeled tomatoes are preferred. However, during the beautiful summer months, you can undoubtedly enjoy using “fresh ripe tomatoes” from your garden.
  • Don’t care for peppers? No problem. Omit them!
  • This recipe for Cacciatore is adaptable to all chicken parts, rabbit, and duck. Plus, you can cook in the skillet on stovetop or outside grill.
Chicken Cacciatore Recipe by 2sistersrecipes.com

Chicken Cacciatore is a hearty, satisfying meal.

Serve this dish with a glass of a good red wine, like a Chianti, and over a spoonful of our creamy polenta – “the Tuscan Way!” (it’s incredible!)

Best of all, this chicken cacciatore recipe is delicious comfort food (and especially with polenta) that will feed a family of 4 to 5 people, and for about $23.00 dollars.

ENJOY!!

Additional Chicken Recipes…

Yield: 4 servings

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe by 2sistersrecipes.com

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe is a Tuscan rustic-style stew that cooks the chicken in a skillet with a rich, flavorful sauce. A comforting dish, chicken cacciatore is often served over polenta or risotto. Perfect for a family Sunday dinner.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2.5 to 3 pounds)
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil - divided
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary - finely chopped
  • 1 small onion - diced
  • 2 garlic cloves - diced
  • 1 carrot - diced
  • 2 celery stalks - chopped
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 1/2 red bell pepper - sliced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper - sliced
  • 4 or 5 plump tomatoes ( a 28 ounce can of Peeled Tomatoes, preferably San Marzano Tomatoes )
  • 5 ounces sliced mushrooms - rinsed and drained
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • freshly chopped Italian parsley

Instructions

    1. First, the chicken is seasoned with some salt and pepper. Then heat olive oil in your heavy deep skillet. Add the chicken breasts and cook for a few minutes per side to brown them, and seal in its juices.

    2. Next, add the chopped onion, garlic, carrot, and celery to the skillet, along with some rosemary, and simmered for about 2 minutes, to soften the veggies. Stirring occasionally.

    3. Pour in the red wine, and stir to deglaze the pan while it simmers and flavors the vegetables and chicken. Allow the red wine to reduce a little.

    4. Toss in the plump tomatoes, about 4 or 5. Sprinkle a little salt and a dash of cayenne pepper. Use a wooden spoon to break up the plump tomatoes, and simmer on low heat for about 2 minutes.

    5. Add the mushrooms, sliced peppers, and fresh parsley. Stir to combine the mixture. Then COVER with a lid and simmer on low heat, for 20 to 25 minutes.

    6. Remove cover and taste the sauce. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Turn off the heat and keep warm until you are ready to serve. Serve alone or with your favorite side of polenta, risotto, or mashed potatoes.

    Serves 4

Notes

*The nutritional value does not include the polenta served with our Chicken Cacciatore Recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 435Total Fat: 11gCarbohydrates: 8.6gFiber: 1.7gSugar: 4.1gProtein: 67.8g

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