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This authentic Chicken Cacciatore Recipe is a delicious braised chicken dish loaded with mushrooms and vegetables in a tomato and herb broth. The flavors in this simple-to-prepare dish are so good.
Chicken cacciatore Is an incredibly simple recipe consisting of chicken and mirepoix cooked and braised in a simple tomato broth with herbs. Cacciatore translates from Italian to English as “hunter.”
Cacciatore is a cooking style so hunter-style would include certain ingredients such as mushrooms, onions, herbs, tomatoes, and sometimes wine. This very traditional recipe sticks to the dish’s original intent, which is a few ingredients and simple procedures. You will not find bell peppers or olives in my recipe, which would veer from the classic version.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Chicken – I prefer to use a whole chicken fabricated into wings, thighs, drums, and breasts. Classically this dish would have featured a rabbit.
- Mushrooms – Any wild mushroom will work. However, I used porcini, portabella, and button mushrooms.
- Onion – You can use white, sweet, or yellow onion. In addition, some garlic is needed.
- Celery – A few ribs of celery will help add some more flavor to this dish.
- Carrots – I love using carrots as they greatly enhance the braising sauce’s flavor.
- Wine – You can use Sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, or shiraz.
- Tomatoes – You can use fresh, whole peeled, or canned tomatoes. I especially like to use San Marzano tomatoes.
- Herbs – I like the combination of parsley and rosemary in this recipe as those would be classical to use.
How to Make Chicken Cacciatore
Pour 2 cups of boiling water over ½ ounce of dried porcini mushrooms and sit for 20 minutes.
Finely strain the mushrooms and reserve ½ of the liquid.
Rinse the mushrooms and squeeze out all the liquid.
Roughly small chop the mushrooms.
Season the chicken parts well on all sides with salt and pepper.
Heat the olive oil into a large rondeaux pot over medium heat and brown the chicken parts well on each side, about 4 minutes per side.
Remove the chicken and set aside.
Next, add the onions, celery, carrots, garlic, and mushrooms to the pan and sauté for 6 to 7 minutes.
Deglaze with the wine and cook over medium heat until it is almost gone, about 5 minutes.
Pour the reserved porcini mushroom liquid, tomatoes, herbs, salt, and pepper, and stir.
Add the browned chicken back in, add a lid to the pot, and simmer over low heat for 25 to 30 minutes.
Garnish with chopped parsley.
How to Serve it
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: You can make this up to 30 minutes ahead of time. Just keep it covered over low heat.
How to Store: Place this covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. This will freeze covered for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator for 1 day before reheating.
How to Reheat: Add the desired amount of chicken cacciatore to a rondeau pot and cook over low heat while occasionally stirring. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper and serve.
Chef Notes + Tips
- Feel free to use chicken breasts, thighs, or drums.
- When searing the chicken, be sure not to crowd the pan too much so you can get a good sear. If you need to sear it in batches, then please do it.
More Italian Recipes
Classic Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
- ¼ cup of reconstituted dried porcini mushrooms
- 1 whole chicken broken down into parts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ peeled and small diced yellow onion
- 3 small diced ribs of celery
- 2 peeled and small diced carrots
- 4 finely minced cloves of garlic
- 1 cup sliced baby portabella
- 1 cup sliced button mushrooms
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 2 28- ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes, crushed with your hands
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
- sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
- Pour 2 cups of boiling water over top a ½ ounce of dried porcini mushrooms in a medium-sized bowl and let them sit for 20 minutes.
- Finely strain the mushrooms and reserve ½ of the liquid.
- Rinse the mushrooms well under cold water and then squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Roughly small chop the mushrooms.
- Season the chicken parts well on all sides with salt and pepper.
- Heat the olive oil into a large rondeaux pot over medium heat until it begins to smoke likely.
- Add chicken parts and brown them well on each side, which takes about 4 minutes per side.
- Remove the chicken and set aside.
- Next, add the onions, celery, carrots, garlic, and mushrooms to the pan and sauté for 6 to 7 minutes or until browned over medium-high heat.
- Deglaze with the wine and cook over medium heat until the liquid is almost gone, which takes about 5 minutes.
- Pour in the reserved porcini mushroom liquid, tomatoes, herbs, salt, and pepper and stir.
- Add the browned chicken back in and add a lid to the pot and simmer over low heat for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Garnish with chopped parsley.