Chicken Cacciatore

Nuvita Biscuits
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 2 chicken breasts with skin and backbone, halved crosswise
  • 2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour, for dredging
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 ( 28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons drained capers
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves


Sprinkle the chicken pieces with 1 teaspoon of each salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour to coat lightly.

In a large heavy saute pan, heat the oil over a medium-high flame. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and saute just until brown, about 5 minutes per side. If all the chicken does not fit in the pan, saute it in 2 batches. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside. Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic to the same pan and saute over medium heat until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juice, broth, capers and oregano. Return the chicken pieces to the pan and turn them to coat in the sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Continue simmering over medium-low heat until the chicken is just cooked through, about 30 minutes for the breast pieces, and 20 minutes for the thighs.

Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a platter. If necessary, boil the sauce until it thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Spoon off any excess fat from atop the sauce. Spoon the sauce over the chicken, then sprinkle with the basil and serve.

Recipe Comments

  1. posted by whites are not the only racists on Mar 16, 2013

    We Are making Chicken Cacciatore and It requires half a cup of wine,my question is when we have done cooking this dish will we be able to let our 12 and 13 year old girls eat this or will this do any harm to them

  2. posted by Chester on Mar 16, 2013

    Last night I made a big pot chicken cacciatore and instead of cut up whole chicken I used boneless breasts and the chicken came out tough and stringy. Any way to salvage it? I was going to take it to work for lunch this week. ;-(

  3. posted by Rishi on Mar 17, 2013

    I had it while visiting my family at an Italian restaurant called Roma’s in southern Oklahoma, we don’t have any in my state. It was the best dish I’ve ever had. It had chicken, eggplant served over a tomato cream sauce(I think) with spaghetti noodles. SO..SO GOOD. I desperately need the recipe.

  4. posted by Sriram R on Mar 17, 2013

    So, what is a good technique I could use to easily remove the chicken from the bone. Recipes are welcomed! And thank you in advance.

  5. posted by Matt on Mar 17, 2013

    I think I have the basics of what goes into chicken cacciatore, but I had one technical question regarding the stage at which the chicken is returned to the pot, the liquid is added, and the chicken will be simmered. Should the chicken, while it is simmering, be completely covered in the sauce in which it lies, or should some of the chicken be visible through the top of the sauce, or what?

    Any thoughts on whether you simmer the chicken while the pot is covered or not covered?

  6. posted by cardskid22 on Mar 18, 2013

    When I was 10, our family (not Italian) had a wonderful cook — his chicken cacciatore, in my opinion, has never been equaled. Yet I’d be surprised if his native section turns out to be your concensus.

  7. posted by heavenly sword on Mar 18, 2013

    My thoughts were chicken enchiladas, a yummy old fashioned mac & cheese, or chicken cordon bleu. Any ideas for these or other options? Last year we had ribs, jambalaya, beef burgundy, lasagna, and stuffed tenderloin as entries. Thanks for your help!! (Hungry yet!) It has to be made in a dutch oven.

  8. posted by sakyue1993 on Mar 18, 2013

    I need a simple, yummy crockpot chicken cacciatore recipe. Great thanks!

  9. posted by sethburger on Mar 18, 2013

    Instead of the whole chicken and does anyone have a recipe for it? Would it taste good like that?

  10. posted by sam N on Mar 18, 2013

    I’m planning a dinner, and I’ve decided to make chicken cacciatore and potato gnocchi. I’m trying to determine what kind of sauce to make for the gnocchi, but I have several limitations:
    1) My boyfriend doesn’t like creamy sauces, ie alfredo sauce. I know, he’s awful.
    2) The chicken cacciatore is already stewed in tomatoes, so another tomato sauce would probably be tomato overkill.
    3) I’m on a pretty tight budget.

    Thanks for your input!!

  11. posted by Elijah luv on Mar 18, 2013

    Recipe only says “chicken cooked and cut into cubes”. It’s for chicken cacciatore.

  12. posted by airdogspace2 on Mar 18, 2013

    Basically every Sunday, me and my mates from University have a “Chicken Sunday” – it’s been going on for a few weeks now, it’s become a tradition with us. We also theme it for a bit of fun.

    1.Chicken Tikka (Indian)
    2.Chicken Chow Mein (Chinese)
    3.Roast Chicken (English)
    4.Chicken Fajitas (Mexican)
    5.Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad (Italian)
    6.BBQ Chicken (Australian)

    Is there any other ‘Ethnic’ CHICKEN dishes we can have? – Has to be chicken.

  13. posted by Brian on Mar 19, 2013

    ….still making chicken cacciatore. Will the crockpot cook the chicken or do I need to do it first?

  14. posted by Lucas H on Mar 19, 2013

    I am wanting to make a butternut squash soup and do not have chicken broth. Also if anyone can give tips on making my own broth? And once I make it can I just freeze it?

  15. posted by hank baseballs on Mar 19, 2013

    I’m thinking either Tuna Noodle Casserole or Chicken Cacciatore. Any other suggestions, or should I pick one of these?
    My wife is a chef and I think it would be good to surprise her with the perfect recipe name
    OH we dont know the gender yet
    can we PLEASE be adult about this?
    I’m looking at you, k w

  16. posted by evil chevy on Mar 19, 2013

    I have a jar of Chicken Cacciatore sauce from Trader Joe’s and I’m wondering if the chicken would taste best if I marinated it in it before I cooked it, or if I should simply saute the chicken first and then add it to the sauce already cooked? I’m worried it won’t pick up the flavors of the sauce as much if I do that.

  17. posted by Brody S on Mar 19, 2013

    My mom wants to make something with chicken breasts tonight but doesn’t know what to make. She wants an easy-ish recipe that’s really tasty. Help?
    An actual recipe, not just some “add some seasoning” thing

  18. posted by Smashing Pumpkins on Mar 19, 2013

    I bought chicken legs this week because they were on sale. Can you give me some good, not too complicated, recipes for them? I can do a little complicated just not crazy complicated. Be easy on me!

  19. posted by white man on Mar 19, 2013

    I’m making chicken cacciatore and I accidently put waaaaaaaaaaaaay too much tomato sauce. Now it’s runny instead of thick and juicy. How can I save it?

  20. posted by Brian on Mar 19, 2013

    I’m looking to make chicken cacciatore for my wife when she comes back from a few days away. However, I would rather make the meal today for eating tomorrow but being inexperienced in such matters! I am concerned about salmonella. Advice appreciated.

  21. posted by Only Business on Mar 19, 2013

    I’m hosting a small dinner party for some close friends tomorrow night and plan to serve chicken cacciatore on a bed of angelhair as a main course. What else could I serve to round up the meal? (appetizer and dessert suggestions?)

  22. posted by Ray D on Mar 19, 2013

    I have veggies I want to throw in and maybe some rice. Last time I did this it burnt! I did follow the recipe too. How do you cook chicken in the slow cooker?

  23. posted by nothin_nyce1 on Mar 19, 2013

    I am going out to dinner with family this week to an Italian restaurant that does not have nutrition facts on its website, however I’m trying very hard to stick to a low calorie diet. I know not eating all of my meal (and ordering a salad instead of eating the bread) will help. However, what would be the lowest calorie dish to order (preferably with chicken)? The marsala, piccata or cacciatore? Details must appreciated! Thanks!

  24. posted by clntvrrt on Mar 20, 2013

    I’m not a chef but I cook once in a while. I was wondering if you all could help me with any healthy recipe regarding these ingredients that I have in my kitchen:

    Frozen chicken(thighs, drumsticks)
    Salt & Pepper
    Red Onions
    Soy Sauce
    Lemon Salt Spice

    I would appreciate it if you could help me come up with a few healthy recipes/cooking methods with these ingredients. Thanks.

  25. posted by Mark M on Mar 20, 2013

    We are all eating in more these days. Chicken is cheap. Your favorite recipe?

  26. posted by Moore, Ron on Mar 20, 2013

    does anybody have a very simple & easy recipe for chicken cacciatore? please answer quick. thanks.

  27. posted by Melanie on Mar 20, 2013

    I love making Hamburger/Chicken helper for dinner, but I want to add my own ingredients to make it more original. So far, I’ve added black beans to the Mexican dishes, and cashews to the Asian meals. Any other suggestions?

  28. posted by Orbit on Mar 20, 2013

    recipe called for whole tomatoes and tomato sauce just a little to watery ?

  29. posted by ademuth93 on Mar 20, 2013

    boneless & skinless.

    Already thought of Chicken soup, chicken pot pie, chicken cacciatore.

    Any more ideas???

  30. posted by Mark on Mar 20, 2013

    I am making a crockpot chicken cacciatore recipe tomarrow for dinner but it calls for 2 c. of burgandy wine. Does wine bottles say “burgandy wine” on them or should i look for a specific brand or is it called something else. I just dont know squat about wine.

  31. posted by The Inc on Mar 21, 2013

    I’m making chicken cacciatore tomorrow night and was wondering, it calls for 3/4 C. white wine… Can I use something else instead? and for next time if I DO go out and buy white wine what kind do I buy and can I buy it in the grocery store or do I have to buy it at a liquor store (sounds like a dumb question now that I ask haha oh well…!)

  32. posted by white man on Mar 21, 2013

    Ragu use to make a product called CHICKEN TONIGHT and my family really loved the Chicken Cacciatore. I wanted to see if there is maybe another brand that has a similar product!

  33. posted by forahobby on Mar 21, 2013

    Any restaurants that server a good Chicken Cacciatore in Chicago?

  34. posted by Alun J on Mar 21, 2013

    i’m making chicken cacciatore for dinner but i hate mushrooms. i’ve made it before without them and it tasted fine but i’ve heard that alot of the flavor comes from the mushrooms. any suggestions?

  35. posted by Gabriel Kenney on Mar 21, 2013

    I’m getting ready to start school in one week. My husband and I have two children (4 & 1) I do all the cooking. To assure my kids won’t be eating chicken fingers and french fries every night I’m at school, I am wanting to set up a four day meal plan, simple enough for him to handle. He doesn’t know how to cook really. So any help, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  36. posted by Gabriel Kenney on Mar 21, 2013

    i would like to cook something great for my boyfriend tonight. i just dont know any other way to cook italian chicken besides put it in the pan with butter and then chopping it up in little pieces?? any suggestions?

  37. posted by Jairo on Mar 22, 2013

    I had tilapia in there, but my son didn’t like it so I carefully removed the fish and am adding cooked chicken to turn the dish into chicken cacciatore. HELP!!

  38. posted by DuckieM10 on Mar 22, 2013

    I am looking for a decent fried chicken recipe/preparation.
    I have about just over an hour to prepare it, I only have chicken drumsticks and thighs and basic kitchen ingredients, I dont intend to deep fry, just shallow frying.
    Will appreciate preparations, recipes, cooking instructions and timing.

  39. posted by Duke on Mar 22, 2013

    I kind of like chicken cacciatore, and wanted to try some variations of the basic recipe. I was wondering if I could make it spicier, and maybe add some extras like spicy italian sausage or even mexican chorizo. I was wondering if there were any recipes out there for something like that.

  40. posted by John G on Mar 23, 2013

    how about chicken cacciatore?

  41. posted by Miguel M on Mar 23, 2013

    Typically, I use the crock pot to make chili, soups, chicken cacciatore, sausage and peppers, and some others. None of these are very “christmasy.” What would be a good slow cooker meal for the holidays?

  42. posted by Courtney on Mar 23, 2013

    I’m having my mom & brother over for dinner on Sunday. The last 3 times I’ve servedd chicken florentine, chicken cacciatore and home-made pizza.

    I’m just looking for new and exciting ideas! Please note that they don’t eat beef and we don’t eat anything with nuts or pork.

    Thanks everyone!

  43. posted by EzioAuditore1459 on Mar 23, 2013

    i would like to make something that has chicken baked with tomatoes, spices and some kind of cheese melted on top…. maybe provolone…
    is there a recipe for something like this?

  44. posted by Benihana on Mar 23, 2013

    And what kind of wine would you suggest for this dish?

  45. posted by skillz on Mar 23, 2013

    I wana make a roast dinner for my familly have have these plain fresh chicken breasts. but i dont want to just roast them plain is there anyway i can make them a bit more interesting like herbs or sauce? ideas?

  46. posted by nasty1 on Mar 24, 2013

    I prefer anyswers from people who have actually made the recipe.

    I am planning on using grilled chicken breasts. I have made it once before but lost the recipe.
    I would like to make it with Pasta

  47. posted by PolishPokeyPimp on Mar 24, 2013

    I want to make this recipe
    I don’t have any red wine is it possible to use a substitute such as stock? I presume chicken stock. Also could i use chili powder instead of chili flakes

  48. posted by Marlon P on Mar 24, 2013

    I have company coming on sunday and I’m serving chicken cacciatore. I have a dessert planned but I’m stumped as to what to serve with the chicken. Any ideas?

  49. posted by sethburger on Mar 24, 2013

    i went to a pizza shop and ordered the chicken cacciatore. its description was: Chicken Cacciatore— grilled chicken breast, red&green peppers, onions, black olives sauteed with red wine & marinara sauce

    i didnt eat all the sauce cuz their was alot, but i did eat all the green peppers, onions, chicken, and noodles… any ideas?

  50. posted by Brody S on Mar 25, 2013

    I have a recipe here
    It asks for one cup of red wine. The only wine I have is sweet wine. Is it ok to use this or should i just use stock instead. Chicken stock or beef stock?

  51. posted by Squall Leonhart on Mar 25, 2013

    I’m visiting him in a couple of weeks and he wanted me to find some recipes involving either seafood or chicken. He kinda wants it to be an ordeal, because we cook for fun so it can’t be too easy, but it cant be hard. We’ll be cooking in his dorm though, so space and supplies are limited.

    Any suggestions on either a chicken or seafood dishes that just a tad challenging?

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