Chicken Cacciatore is a delicious dinner recipe
Rich tomato flavours, with tender chicken thigh and leg pieces, fresh carrot, mushroom and olives make this Chicken Cacciatore one for the senses!
When we were growing up and always asking mum 'what's for dinner?', there was a great amount of excitement to be had when hearing the words 'Chicken Cacciatore!'.
The tender chicken meat, combined with the rich tomato flavours and vegetables to enjoy, was always a huge hit in our family home.
I recall the house always smelling amazing throughout the cooking process for this dish. So when thinking about what recipe I wanted to share with you next, it had to be this one!
How to Make Chicken Cacciatore?
I love using chicken in my recipes and the bonus of this one is that we use 2 different parts of the chicken. By combining both chicken thigh pieces AND chicken leg pieces your family will get to have a bit of variety about which piece they choose.
The meat gets browned off in the pot on the stove top to begin with using just a splash of oil, salt and pepper.
You will need a good hardy pot to make this dish and it will become the centerpiece of your table when you place it down and all of the eyes of the hungry see the visual delight of the dish!
This is a family friendly dish. You can pick and choose pieces for little ones and big ones alike. If you have fussy eaters, you can let them decide which part of the dish they want to eat!
What ingredients go into Chicken Cacciatore?
There a few key steps in ensuring this dish has maximum flavour. You need minced garlic, bay leaves, white wine, salt and pepper. It is as easy as adding the oil, garlic, bay leaves, salt, pepper and then wine and letting the heat elevate these ingredients to bring together the key flavour base for the dish.
You can even have a glass of wine in your hand as you are cooking if you like!
The pot will sizzle as the heat begins to turn the simple flavours into a juicy syrup like mix that holds the power to make this dish a flavour feast!
You may even have most of the ingredients needed to make this recipe in your pantry already. Chicken Cacciatore is not a difficult dish. It is knowing what to do with each ingredient and how to let them shine that allows you to master the amazing flavours!
What vegetables to use in Chicken Cacciatore?
For many of my recipes, I try to include vegetables. For well-being and feeling good, I think it is really important to eat a well balanced diet. I know when I eat well I feel better and move better and that is why I have also packed lots of veggies into this dish!
We have carrots, celery and mushrooms! They give the dish texture and are nutritious and delicious! We also have olives, red kidney beans and lentils.
If you need a dish to feed a small army, then look no further as this Chicken Cacciatore will tick that box!
Thinking about dessert
I can imagine as you are reading this recipe, you are already planning your dinner party featuring this as the star of the table! No worries, as I have also got your back with desserts that are sure to wow your guests.
A few Sweet Caramel Sunday dessert recipes I think you will love are:
- Chocolate Covered Pears (recipe is here)
- Passionfruit Tart (recipe is here)
- Banoffee Tart (recipe is here)
- Blueberry Lemon Curd Tart (recipe is here)
- Peach Tartlets (recipe is here)
Sweet tooth, savoury tooth, meat tooth, vegetarian tooth, vegan tooth, I have got you!!
Chicken Cacciatore your questions answered:
About the recipe:
- The dish is best served piping hot
- The recipe freezes really well
- You can serve the dish with quinoa or rice
- This is a perfect dinner party dish
To answer your questions:
- The dish can be made ahead of time
- You can reheat this dish easily
- You can buy a combination pack of chicken thigh and leg pieces
- For a vegan/vegetarian option either use fake meat or no meat at all
- This is a MODERATELY EASY recipe to make
This Chicken Cacciatore has flavour, it has texture and it comes from my heart to yours!
How to serve Chicken Cacciatore?
Side dishes go well with this recipe as they create a balance in taste and texture:
- Crispy Smashed Potatoes
- Skin on roast potatoes
- Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
- Creamy Garlic Potatoes
- Potato Salad
- Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Garlic, lemon and roasted brussels sprouts like in our Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken
- Edamame Quinoa Salad
Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
- 1 kg chicken thigh and leg pieces skin on or off
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 3 bay leaves dried
- ½ cup white wine sav blanc or semillon sav blanc
- 1 420g condensed tomato soup
- ½ tin water see notes use empty tomato soup tin to measure
- 1 400g diced tomatoes
- 1 140 grams tomato paste
- 1 tsp italian herbs
- 4 carrots
- 10 button mushrooms
- 1 bunch celery
- 1 425g red kidney beans
- 1 420g lentils
- ½ bunch coriander to garnish
Chicken Cacciatore Method
- Prepare your vegetables by thinly slicing carrots, mushrooms and celery. Wash and drain your lentils and red kidney beans. Prepare chicken, by removing from pack and setting each piece on a chopping board
- Heat a large pot on the stove, drizzle olive oil, add chicken pieces and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until liquid from pieces runs clear
- Remove chicken pieces, but keep remaining juices in pot. To them add, further olive oil, garlic, bay leaves, salt, pepper, white wine. Fry off for 2-3 minutes until fragrant
- Add tomato paste, diced tomatoes and tomato soup to pot. Use empty can of condensed soup and ½ fill with water, pour that into the pot as well. Add your chicken pieces back to the pot. Sprinkle in italian herbs. Add sliced carrot and celery pieces. Cook, stiring occasionally for 10 minutes
- Add olives and sliced mushrooms. Cook for another 10 minutes
- Add red kidney beans and lentils, stir to combine and cook for final 10 minutes
- Garnish with coriander to serve. Option to serve with quinoa or rice
- You may like to serve the dish with quinoa, rice or bread. Or you might find that the dish itself is enough without these extras, I like quinoa with my chicken cacciatore, but for a higher protein and lower carb option, skip these in favour of just the dish with the green garnish
- I love meal prepping this dish for dinners for the weeks ahead. When defrosting, drain an excess water from the dish over the sink
- You can use parsley to garnish the dish, but I like the taste of coriander
- This recipe makes a large amount of food. If only cooking for 2 people, reduce the chicken amount, but keep the remaining ingredients the same, other than using ½ celery bunch instead of whole bunch.
- In the method, you will use the oil, salt and pepper twice. Once to season the chicken and then again to make the syrup/juice that will form the base of your sauce. Use 1 tbs oil, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper each time.
- I use a mandolin to slice my vegetables, it is super quick and easy!
As some of you know, I am on holidays at the moment and guess what? I miss cooking!! When I return home I will need to spend some serious time in the kitchen. I also enjoy eating out, however, the time spent in the kitchen with a glass of wine, the oven or stove on and some music in the background works wonders for the soul!
Enjoy the aroma wafting throughout your home as this dish unfolds
If you are new to my blog (hello!), please spend sometime finding recipes that appeal to you. There are so many here that cover breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, you can plan a meal all from the one place!