Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore over pasta

The Spruce / Leah Maroney

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 90 mins
Total: 100 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 1 pot
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
626 Calories
35g Fat
25g Carbs
51g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 626
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 44%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Sodium 946mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 51g
Vitamin C 33mg 163%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 915mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Classic chicken cacciatore is a warm, hearty chicken and tomato stew that's cooked all in one pan. It's an Italian dish meaning chicken "hunter-style" because it was a dish commonly eaten by hunters (traditionally the dish was made with rabbit). These days, cacciatore is usually served with chicken, over pasta, or with some delicious crusty bread. Add a generous grating of fresh Parmesan before digging in. 

Saucy and full of flavor, this dish is very simple to make and is also very adaptable. Don't have crushed tomatoes? Use tomato sauce. Don't have mushrooms and green peppers? Use celery, carrots, or red peppers instead. You can also make it spicy with the addition of a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes to the peppers and onions. Use what you have on hand and keep the basic outline of the dish. You can also make it with precooked, shredded, or rotisserie chicken for an easier version. Simply skip the step of searing chicken, and add a cup of the shredded chicken when the sauce has cooked. 

Ingredients

  • 1 whole fryer chicken, cut into pieces

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup white wine

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

  • 1 (28-ounce can) crushed tomatoes with basil

  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • Parmesan cheese rind

  • pasta for serving, optional

  • grated Parmesan cheese, garnish

  • chopped parsley, garnish

  • drizzle of balsamic vinegar, garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chicken cacciatore ingredients

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  2. Coat the chicken pieces with the flour and half of the salt and pepper.

    Chicken pieces coated in flour

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  3. Heat the olive oil on medium-high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Add the chicken pieces and cook for 3 minutes per side, without moving them, or until golden brown. (You want to create a nice sear.) They do not need to be cooked through, as they will continue to cook in the sauce.

    Chicken browned in a pan

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  4. Remove the chicken pieces from the pan and set them aside, leaving the oil behind in the pan. Add more oil if needed.

  5. Add the onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, and garlic to the pan. Sauté on medium-high heat until softened and golden.

    Onion, mushrooms, and bell peppers sautéed in a pan

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  6. Add the white wine and chicken broth to deglaze the pan. Scrape up the bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon and stir as the liquid bubbles.

    Vegetables sautéed in white wine and chicken broth

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  7. Add in the crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, balsamic vinegar, sugar, and the Parmesan rind to the pan. Add the rest of the salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

    Crushed tomatoes in a pot with cacciatore ingredients

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  8. Add the chicken pieces back into the pan. Cover with a lid and cook on low for at least 45 minutes or up to 2 hours. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.

    Chicken pieces in a cacciatore sauce

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  9. Serve over pasta and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and freshly chopped parsley. Add another drizzle of balsamic vinegar, too. 

    Chicken cacciatore in a bowl over pasta

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Tips

Make this recipe ahead of time and freeze in portions to eat later. Simply reheat on the stovetop with a half cup of chicken broth (water also works).