Classic Recipes – Chicken Cacciatore;

Chicken Cacciatore (Hunters style chicken) is classic Italian dish that is known all over Italy; although in Tuscany it would be most commonly cooked with rabbit; this is one of my all time favourites, especially when served on a  bed of soft polenta.

1.2 kg Chicken pieces (1 whole small chicken cut into pieces or legs, thighs or both with or without bones)

tip; if you have limited time say less than 1 hour; use boneless chicken.

1 medium Onion

1 medium carrot

1 medium celery stalk

1 large glove of garlic

*50 grams pancetta

1/4 cup White wine

A large handful of Black Olives

400 grams of Tomato passatta (400g per 1.2 kg meat)

1 small sprig of fresh Rosemary ( or dry)


1/4 cup Olive oil

1 cup of Chicken stock


use mixed olives rather than just the black ones for a more colourful presentation;

Optional Ingredients;

50 grams pancetta

you could also add a cup of cooked peas

last time I made Chicken Cacciatore I had an abundance of Red capsicum in the fridge so naturally I added a couple of chopped capsicums; I called it “Italian Style Chicken Casserole”;


chop the onion carrot celery garlic pancetta

set aside in a bowl

prepare chicken cut into pieces or leave whole

Coat the bottom of a casserole pot with the olive oil;

Heat the oil to a medium heat;

Add the chicken and a pinch of salt/pepper;

Cook the chicken until light golden;

remove chicken from pot and put aside in a bowl;

add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic & pancetta to the pot;

add any optional ingredients;

add a pinch of salt/pepper;

fry until the the ingredients have softened;

add chicken back to the pot;

add the white wine;

bring the wine to boil and cook for a few minutes, allowing the chicken to absorb some wine;

add the tomato passatta;

add a handful of olives;

add enough hot chicken stock to just cover the chicken;

bring to boil;

lower to a medium simmer;

Cook for at least 1 hour to 1 ½ hours until the chicken is tender;

** please note for boneless chicken 45min – 1 hr min will be sufficient;


serve with polenta or cous cous or potato mash;  (your choice)

and of course a glass of your favourite Red wine;

Buon Appetito;



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