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Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

by Adrianne

Chicken Cacciatore is one of our family favourites chicken recipes!  Rich tomato, tender chicken thigh and leg pieces, carrot, mushroom and olives for a dinner recipe that will be gobbled up!

Chicken Cacciatore zoomed process shot

Like our Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken, you can serve this recipe with a side of skin on roast potatoes, creamy garlic potatoes or horseradish mashed potatoes for a complete meal!

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!

Chicken Cacciatore process shot with thigh and leg pieces on a timber board Chicken Cacciatore process shot cooked chicken pieces in large pot Chicken Cacciatore process shot with garlic in large pot

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!


Chicken Cacciatore process shot with carrot and celery on top Chicken Cacciatore in a large pot showing olives on top Chicken Cacciatore in a large pot with red handles

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!

Chicken Cacciatore in a white bowl with a black fork

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:

 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:

  1. The dish can be made ahead of time
  2. You can reheat this dish easily 
  3. You can buy a combination pack of chicken thigh and leg pieces 
  4. For a vegan/vegetarian option either use fake meat or no meat at all
  5. 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:

Chicken Cacciatore with quinoa in a small white side bowl

Chicken Cacciatore close up of fork with chicken and olive

Chicken Cacciatore zoomed process shot

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Chicken Cacciatore is for dinner on Sweet Caramel Sunday! Rich tomato flavours, with tender chicken thigh and leg pieces, fresh carrot, mushroom and olives make this Chicken Cacciatore one for the senses! 
4.72 from 14 votes
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Course: Dinner, dinner party, family meal
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: chicken cacciatore, chicken dinner, chicken recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Adrianne


Chicken Cacciatore

  • 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
  • 1/2 cup white wine sav blanc or semillon sav blanc
  • 1 420g condensed tomato soup
  • 1/2 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
  • 1/2 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 1/2 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 1/2 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! 


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 893mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 6980IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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Chicken recipes

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

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Adrianne xx

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Adriana April 20, 2019 - 9:38 pm

5 stars
Lovely idea for a weekend dinner. Chicken Cacciatore has been years since I had it and I enjoyed it so much. I am glad you are using the chicken quarters as those are so much more flavorful.

Adrianne April 20, 2019 - 10:27 pm

Thanks for your feedback Adriana! And as always, great name xx

Beth April 20, 2019 - 10:57 pm

5 stars
I love one pot recipes like this one – tasty and easy! And what a pretty pot too – beautiful color!

Adrianne April 21, 2019 - 5:53 am

Thanks Beth! I love the pot too!!

Noel Lizotte April 20, 2019 - 11:45 pm

5 stars
A perfect dish for Sunday afternoon! Drums and thighs are often on sale and this is a great recipe to use them in…easy to double up and feed the extended family!

Adrianne April 21, 2019 - 5:54 am

Yes you are absolutely right Noel!! This is a dish to suit everyone!! Cheers

Cathy April 21, 2019 - 12:27 am

5 stars
Chicken cacciatore is a classic in my home and we absolutely love it! But I never thought about adding red beans! What a great addition! I will definitely add some next time! Thanks for the inspiration!

Adrianne April 21, 2019 - 5:54 am

No worries at all Cathy, glad you liked it. Yes, try the beans!!

Natalie April 21, 2019 - 9:45 am

5 stars
I never had chicken cacciatore before, but it sure looks and sounds so delicious! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

Adrianne April 22, 2019 - 3:48 pm

Thanks Nat, you should definitely give it a go, I think you will enjoy it! Cheers

Luci's Morsels April 21, 2019 - 4:01 pm

5 stars
Oh my goodness! This look SOOO good! I need to make this chicken cacciatore for my husband soon. He’ll love it as much as I will!!

Adrianne April 22, 2019 - 3:49 pm

Cheers Luci! Yes, it is a crowd pleasing dish, I encourage you to make it! Thanks

Andrea Metlika April 21, 2019 - 4:14 pm

5 stars
This looks super delicious! My family will go crazy for this Chicken Cacciatore.

Adrianne April 22, 2019 - 3:49 pm

Great to hear, thanks Andrea!

Karly April 21, 2019 - 9:47 pm

Delicious! Gotta try!

Adrianne April 22, 2019 - 3:51 pm

For sure Karly!

Lauren Vavala | Delicious Little Bites April 22, 2019 - 12:10 am

Oh my this looks amazing! My fiance loves this kind of food – definitely saving this one to make for him one night soon!

Adrianne April 22, 2019 - 3:52 pm

Sounds great Lauren, I think he will enjoy it. It is packed with flavour!! Thanks

sue | the view from great island April 22, 2019 - 2:55 am

I love the idea of serving this classic dish with quinoa to bring it into the 21st century!

Adrianne April 22, 2019 - 3:55 pm

Cheers Sue! You are right, I agree.

mimi rippee April 24, 2019 - 5:44 pm

Beautiful. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a recipe including legumes. That’s just brilliant!

Adrianne April 26, 2019 - 7:57 pm

Aweomse, great to hear Mimi, thanks. I added them as I think it makes you want to eat a bowl full but without the addition of rice or heavy carbs. Cheers!

Sara Welch April 26, 2019 - 1:39 am

5 stars
What a delicious and inspiring meal for dinner this week! I’ve never made this for my family so I will have to give this a try, indeed!

Adrianne April 26, 2019 - 7:58 pm

Thanks Sara, hope you and the family all love it.

Suzy April 26, 2019 - 2:44 am

5 stars
Love the flavors in this dish!

Adrianne April 26, 2019 - 7:58 pm

Cheers Suzy, good to hear!

Tilly April 26, 2019 - 2:48 am

5 stars
This recipe is now on weekly rotation in my house!

Adrianne April 26, 2019 - 7:59 pm

Awesome, that is great Tilly!

Rosa April 26, 2019 - 2:48 am

5 stars
Such a classic dish, I love the flavour combination here.

Adrianne April 26, 2019 - 7:59 pm

Cheers Rosa, it is a great combination, I agree!

Veena Azmanov April 26, 2019 - 3:10 am

5 stars
Flavorful and delicious. Amazing ingredients used to making this dish. Love this Dinner option. Sounds so perfect.

Adrianne April 26, 2019 - 7:59 pm

Thanks Veena, great feedback!

Lucya May 3, 2019 - 3:44 pm

5 stars

wow its mouthwatering by reading blog and seeing the images i wanna try this recipe

Adrianne May 13, 2019 - 1:36 pm

Thanks Lucya, that is great to hear!


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