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Chicken Cacciatore Recipe-1329

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This Italian dish translates as "hunter-style chicken," and is traditionally served with polenta to soak up the delicious juices. Good with soft polenta or pasta and a mixed green salad.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 Mins
Cooking time: 35 40 Mins


  • 4 chicken legs, about 3lb 3oz (1.5kg) total weight
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • ¾ cup dry white wine
  • One 14.5oz (411g) can chopped tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup chicken stock
  • 7 oz (200g) white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp chopped rosemary
  • 2 tsp chopped sage
  • 8 pitted Kalamata olives, halved

Special Equipment:

  • Flameproof casserole


1. Trim any excess fat from the chicken and season them with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large flameproof casserole over medium-high heat. In batches, add the chicken and cook, turning once, for about 4 minutes, until browned. Transfer to a plate. Pour the fat out of the pan.

2. Add the remaining 1 tbsp oil and heat over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, about 3 minutes, until softened. Stir in the wine and boil for 1 minute, scraping up the browned bits in the pan. Stir in the tomatoes, stock, mushrooms, celery, tomato paste, rosemary, and sage and bring to a simmer.

3. Return the chicken to the pan and cover. Simmer for 40 minutes, or until the chicken shows no sign of pink when pierced at the bone. During the last 10 minutes, add the olives. Serve hot.


Nutritional Benefits: low fat.

© 2008 Dorling Kindersley

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving.


Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

355kcal (18%)
73mg (7%)
15mg (24%)
52mcg RAE (2%)
85mg (28%)
677mg (28%)
5g (24%)
21g (32%)
3mg (16%)

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  • parksloper

    02.21.10 Flag comment

    This was great! We made it tonight.
    It was relatively easy. The sauce was mellow and tasty.

  • mgpaquin

    12.24.09 Flag comment

    It would be nice if people like vadrake would make CONSTRUCTIVE comments, that might add to someone's appreciation of a dish. Comments like his/hers lend nothing to the site. I've flagged it.

  • vadrake

    10.08.09 Flag comment

    if you call this chicken cacciatore you might want to call your website fake receipies that' get by. Molto Mario would kiss the bottom of his foot if he saw this!

  • rompari

    09.24.09 Flag comment

    A flameproof casserole is unnecessary. I'm quite sure Italian hunter's don't use them. A heavy bottomed pan or cast iron dutch oven works just fine.


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