Mom’s Chicken Cacciatore

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Chicken cacciatore is an easy skillet dinner that can be served with pasta or rice. Your family will love this classic chicken recipe! Bonus: It only takes 30 minutes!

As long as we hunt, there is cacciatore. In Italian, cacciatore means hunter and refers to a specific type of cuisine. When something is called “alla cacciatora” it refers to a hunter-style meal cooked with onions, herbs, tomatoes or bell peppers and wine. With its heart-warming zest and bold flavors, this dish has stood the test of time.

The dish has changed over the centuries, but still resembles the original dish from the Renaissance. It’s an easy meal for the hunter who’s out chasing game. They use what they can get, usually rabbit instead of chicken, and whatever herbs and vegetables they can find from the garden. We think this dish is great, but don’t just take our word for it. Let’s start cooking!

  • Wine Substitutes:

    The use of wine goes back to the traditional way this dish is prepared and it provides the best flavour. Different regions of Italy are known for making cacciatore with white and red wine. We are partial to red wine in this recipe. However, you can always substitute chicken stock for wine.

  • What should I use this for?

    You really want something that soaks up those juices. Traditionally, country bread or polenta is served with cacciatore. Today, we see it served most often with pasta, egg noodles, or rice.

  • Can I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts?

    Technically, yes. You can use any piece of chicken for this. However, the cut of meat you use will determine the flavor of the sauce and how juicy the chicken will be. We recommend dark meat over white meat for the best flavor and maximum juiciness.

Close up of chicken cacciatore in a frying pan

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Bird's eye view of Chicken Cacciatore in a cast iron skillet.

Chicken cacciatore is a delicious dinner with pasta or rice. Your family will love this classic chicken recipe!

Preparation time 10 minute

cooking time 12 minute

total time 40 minute

raw material

  • 2 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • the taste of salt
  • right amount of pepper
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper slice
  • 1 yellow bell pepper slice
  • 8 ounce mushroom slice
  • 6 ounce ketchup
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes Elective
  • 1/2 cup cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 15 ounce crushed tomatoes
  • 8 ounce ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon fresh or dried parsley for decoration
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a large skillet, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, then coat with flour. Add chicken to pan and cook 3 minutes per side, until browned. Remove from skillet and set aside.

  • Add the onions, peppers, and mushrooms to the pot and cook until softened, about 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomato paste, garlic, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes and cook 1 to 2 minutes more.

  • Pour in wine, heavy cream, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste, and stir to combine.

  • Return chicken to pot and simmer over low heat until chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, about 15 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

  • Serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese, optional.

Calories: 407kcal | carbohydrate: 16G | protein: 27G | fat: 26G | Saturated fat: 9G | cholesterol: 100mg | sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 815mg | fiber: 4G | sugar: 7G | Vitamin A: 1350unit | Vitamin C: 75.3mg | calcium: 93mg | iron: 3.2mg

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