Chicken Cacciatore

October 19, 2009

This is another dish that probably has as many variations as it does cooks who prepare it. I’m not a big fan of heavy red sauces so I made a pretty light version of the classic chicken and vegetable stew.  It went VERY well over a mound of garlic mashed potatoes.


  • Chicken Parts.  I used breasts and thighs.
  • Yellow or White Onion
  • Garlic, 5 or 6 Cloves
  • Carrots, 4 or 5
  • Red and Green Peppers, 2 or 3
  • Tomatoes, 3 or 4
  • Tomato Paste, a tablespoon or two
  • Oregano, fresh or dry
  • Rosemary, fresh or dry
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Red Wine, about a cup
  • Chicken Broth, a cup or two
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt/Pepper


Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Heat a bit of olive oil over medium to medium-high heat and brown the chicken.


Peel and slice the carrots.  Chop the onion into rings and mince the garlic.


Slice the peppers into thin strips.


Quarter the tomatoes.


Snip the herbs.  Use a tablespoon or two of each if using fresh, about half that if using dry.

Remove the chicken from the pan and add the onion, garlic and carrot.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions starts to brown.


Stir in the tomato paste and cook another minute or two.


Add the wine and deglaze the pan.


Stir in the peppers, herbs and crushed red pepper.


Return the chicken to the pan and add the broth.  Simmer over low heat until the chicken is done and the broth thickens a bit, about 30 minutes.


Remove the chicken. If the sauce needs to thicken a bit more, turn up the heat and cook for a few more minutes, stirring frequently.  Pour it over the chicken.


We had it with garlic mashed potatoes.   Enjoy!

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1 chocolate shavings January 5, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I like your take on chicken cacciatore – it’s such a perfectly comforting winter dish!


2 Inez January 6, 2010 at 9:16 am

I’ll have to make that this weekend. The pics are absolutely gorgeous!!


3 Omgsohungry January 6, 2010 at 1:05 pm

If I wasn’t so poor this week I would totally make this tonight. I will save this for the weekend though.

Thanks for the recipe!


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