Chicken cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore is a hearty and delicious Italian stew, it’s completely irresistible!

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Chicken Cacciatore
Recipe AuthorAlice Cameron
Date16 December 2019
People6
MachineManual Mode
Preparation time 12 Minutes
Cooking time 1 Hour 9 Minutes
Total time 1 Hour 21 Minutes

Chicken cacciatore is a rich and rustic Tuscan stew. Like most Italian food this dish relies on good quality, fresh ingredients which are packed full of goodness. In a nutshell, the stew is comprised of chicken, onions and peppers cooked in a rich tomato sauce and flavoured with fresh Italian seasonings.

It is thought to have originally been made for hunters to keep them sustained while on the job. In fact, the name in Italian in‘Pollo alla cacciatore’ which translates to ‘hunters chicken’.

Traditionally chicken legs and thighs are used in this recipe, they are packed full of flavour and great slow-cooked. If you are looking for a lighter faster recipe opt for chicken breast instead! Simply select which one you would like to use and get cooking!

You can serve chicken cacciatore on its own or with a nice piece of fresh bread, pasta, gnocchi, rice, roasted potatoes or some steamed vegetables.

Ingredient list

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Onion 150g
Garlic 2clove
Sage 1unitssprig
Rosemary 1unitssprig
Thyme 1unitssprig
Chicken 550glegs and thighs
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Salt 0to taste
Black pepper 0to taste
Red wine 150ml
Tomato purée 1TBSP (UK)
Chilli pepper 1unitssmall

Step nr: 1 - Prepare the vegetables

Ingredient list for step nr: 1

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Onion 150gram
Garlic 2clove
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Preparation time 10 Minutes
Total time 10 Minutes

To start off with prepare the vegetables, roughly chop the onion and finely slice the chilli, remove the seeds if you don't like it too spicy. Crush the garlic with the flat side of your knife and remove the skin.

Step nr: 2 - Heat oil

Ingredient list for step nr: 2

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1tablespoon (UK)
Garlic 2clove
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Sage 1units
Rosemary 1units
Cooking time 2 Minutes
Total time 2 Minutes

Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan then add the garlic, rosemary and sage.

Step nr: 3 - Coat chicken

Ingredient list for step nr: 3

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Chicken 550gram
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Black pepper 0to taste
Preparation time 2 Minutes
Cooking time 2 Minutes
Total time 4 Minutes
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Mix flour and black pepper in a bowl and coat the chicken thighs and legs.

Step nr: 4 - Fry chicken

Ingredient list for step nr: 4

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Chicken 550gram
Cooking time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

Add the chicken thighs and legs to the pan with the garlic and fry over a medium heat, turning after a few minutes.

Step nr: 5 - Continue to cook

Ingredient list for step nr: 5

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Red wine 150milliliter
Cooking time 2 Minutes
Total time 2 Minutes

Add the red wine and cook for another few minutes. When done, take off the heat and set aside.

Step nr: 6 - Fry onions

Ingredient list for step nr: 6

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Onion 150gram
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Thyme 1units
Cooking time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

Heat the rest of the oil in a large deep frying pan and add the onions and thyme. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent.

Step nr: 7 - Add sliced chilli

Ingredient list for step nr: 7

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Cooking time 3 Minutes
Total time 3 Minutes

Add the sliced chilli and fry gently.

Step nr: 8 - Add tomatoes

Ingredient list for step nr: 8

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Salt 0to taste
Black pepper 0to taste
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Tomato purée 1tablespoon (UK)
Cooking time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

Add the tomatoes and puree to the pan, breaking them apart with your spoon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step nr: 9 - Return the chicken to the pan

Ingredient list for step nr: 9

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Chicken 550gram
Cooking time 40 Minutes
Total time 40 Minutes

Add chicken thighs and legs with the wine back to the pan and cook until sauce has thickened.

Step nr: 10 - Add seasonings

Ingredient list for step nr: 10

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Salt 0to taste
Black pepper 0to taste
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Cooking time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

Add the olives and mix well. Adjust the seasonings just before serving with salt and pepper.

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