Classic Chicken Cacciatore

Classic Chicken Cacciatore


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Chicken cacciatore or "hunter's chicken" is a classic Italian chicken braise. It is even better if made a day ahead and reheated so the flavours can meld.

Serves: 4 

  • 2 kg chicken pieces
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onions, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 200g tinned crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • 200g mushrooms, sliced

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

  1. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a heavy frypan and brown the chicken on all sides. Remove the chicken and set aside. Add the onion, bay leaf, rosemary and sage then saute until onions are soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds more. Return the chicken to the frypan and add wine. Cook over medium heat until the wine has evaporated, stirring. Add the tomatoes and chicken stock, reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes.
  3. Add the olives and mushrooms and cook 10 more minutes. Taste for seasoning.

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