Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian. In cuisine, alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared “hunter-style” with onions, herbs, usually tomatoes, often bell peppers, and sometimes wine. Cacciatore is popularly made with braised chicken.

  • Prep-15 m
  • Cook-1 h 5 m
  • Ready In-1 h 20 m

Ingredients of Italian Chicken Cacciatore

  • 1 chicken
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 400 g peeled tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • ½ cup of extra virgin oil
  • black pepper as needed
  • salt as needed
  1. Clean the chicken and cut it into pieces.
  2. Do not peel off the skin, as this will give it more flavor. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the chicken pieces on both sides for about 10 minutes, until they are golden brown.
  3. At this point, add the finely chopped onions, garlic, carrots and chopped celery, with a pinch of salt, pepper and rosemary, and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  4. When the mixture turns a nice color, pour red wine over the chicken and let it evaporate. Then add the tomatoes, cover with a lid and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes (or until the chicken is cooked through and soft) during which, if the chicken becomes dry, add a little water or broth.
  5. Once cooked, add the chopped parsley and serve the chicken with polenta or mashed potatoes.


  • When you fry the chicken, to make it lighter, you can remove from the pan the grease spilled from the skin. After adding the tomatoes in the pan, you can also add a sprig of thyme and a little nutmeg to give it an extra touch of flavor.