Chicken Cacciatore (Hunter Style Chicken)

Chicken Cacciatore (Hunter Style Chicken)

As the weather has been cooling I have found myself gravitating towards comfort dishes more and more. This weekend there was a nice sale on whole chickens and I picked some up. The first recipe that I thought of was chicken cacciatore or hunter's style chicken that I had been wanting to try. After looking at a few recipes it seemed to me that chicken cacciatore was pretty much chicken that is braised in a marinara sauce. I really liked the sound of the chicken cooking in the marinara sauce as all of the drippings would meld into the sauce and enhance its flavour. Since the chicken was being braised in the sauce it should come out nice an tender and it should be flavoured by the sauce as well. After thinking for a while I decided to serve the chicken cacciatore on a bed of cheesy risotto.

Marinara sauce is always fun to make and I like to play around with it, trying different things each time. I like to add a splash of balsamic vinegar to my sauces and this time I tried adding some capers as well. Since I had decided to serve the chicken cacciatore on some risotto I grated all of the parmigiano reggiano up front and threw the rind into the sauce for some extra flavour as well.

The hardest part about this dish was dividing the chicken into pieces as I had never done it before. It took me quite a bit of time to get it done but with some practice I should get quicker. (You could just use chicken thighs and avoid having to cut up a whole chicken if you want.) After dividing the chicken the rest of the dish is pretty straight forward and easy. The chicken cacciatore turned out great! The chicken was fall of the bones tender and full of flavour and the sauce was so tasty! In fact I think it is one of the best sauces that I have made. The creamy and cheesy risotto rounded everything off perfectly. After the first meal I pulled all of the chicken off the bones and mixed it into the sauce. The leftovers were even tastier the next day and I have been enjoying them all week. I threw the bones into a freezer bag and tossed them into the freezer to make chicken stock with in the future.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon oil
1 small chicken (divided into 8 pieces)
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 onion (sliced)
1 carrot (chopped)
1 stalk celery (chopped)
4 ounces mushrooms (sliced)
1 red bell pepper (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 splash balsamic vinegar
* parmigiano reggiano rind (optional)
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon capers
1 handful parsley (chopped)

Directions:
1. Heat the oil in a large pan.
2. Add the chicken and fry skin side down until golden brown and set aside.
3. Add the oil to the pan and heat.
4. Add the red pepper flakes, onion, carrot, celery, mushrooms and pepper and saute until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes.
5. Add the garlic and saute for a minute.
6. Add the wine, deglaze the pan and simmer to reduce to half.
7. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, balsamic vinegar, parmigiano reggiano, oregano and capers and simmer for 20 minutes.
8. Add the chicken and simmer until cooked, about 20 minutes.

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57 comments:

Mrs. L said...

I love chicken cacciatore, in any version. It's the winter stew type dish that I crave, even more than chili. I'll have to give this a try.

Allie said...

Beautiful! Cacciatore is a wonderful meal!

soulchocolate said...

Delicious! This makes me want to defrost a piece of frozen chicken thigh that I have up in my freezer for the past 3 months, I have been wanting to do something nice with it and this must be it!

Elra said...

Such a classic chicken dish. This is delicious, Kevin!

Chocolate Shavings said...

The sauce and chicken looks great!

Patsyk said...

Your cacciatore turned out really nicely!

Darius T. Williams said...

I love this - good and hearty!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Amy said...

That looks yummy, just like everything else you make. I love your pictures!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

Wow I can almost imagine how this will taste like!

Manggy said...

That name always makes me smile-- hunter -> catcher -> cacciatore :) Looks really delicious-- very well done for making risotto too! I find it difficult to divide the chicken near the backbone and center, but thankfully someone gifted us with Henckels poultry shears and it's really easy with that!

Diana Evans said...

oh yumm Kevin!!! I really love your cooking....this reminds me of a dish my Mom makes for my Dad all the time...it is one of his comfort foods....

Great post!!!

Hugs
Diana

Sara said...

This looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Helene said...

My brother made a chicken cacciatore, years ago, and I really liked it. This is a really good winter meal. Yours look so delicious Kevin.

Jude said...

That's what I call man food. Perfect for wintery nights.

Marie said...

That looks absolutely delicious Kevin!

recipes2share said...

This is such a perfect dish for these cooler autumnal days - fab!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So beautifully presented and extremely yummy looking!

Cheers,

Rosa

HoneyB said...

A great dish! Looks wonderful!

mikky said...

awww kevin, how come you don't gain weight? lovely meal... :)

OhioMom said...

Another chicken cacciatore lover, looks yummy :)

Nina Timm said...

My kinda food - filling, warm and delicious! Well done Kevin and thx for sharing.

Jan said...

I'm a big fan of Chicken Cacciatore since I had a go at making it a while ago. Yours looks delish!

Tasty Trends said...

this chicken caccitore looks great! what a great winter warming dish!

carmen said...

Wow - this looks delicious and perfect for chilly fall weather. I 'll definitely try it out!

pixen said...

Would you believe this dish is my family's favourite? With me it's always extra stronger in spice - the chilli part. When I'm bored with rice, I serve it with thick cut bread, naan or chapati with sometimes potatoes as side dish... yummmm! Thank you for sharing! Keep the recipes and (great photos) coming in.

j & j dish it out said...

I must say...your dishes look fabulous but I'm more in awe of your pictures! The lighting is perfect and the food is so detailed...love your blog!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

That plate just screams: confort!!!

Lauren said...

What a nice picture. Looks delicious.

Beth said...

THIS IS SERIOUS COMFORT FOOD

Happy cook said...

You do know my bookmarked section is overflowinf from your delicious recipes. Most of the time i come here i tend to bookmark them.
This looks really yummy.
When i am going to make this i am sure my family would really enjoy it.

Marjie said...

Nice take on a great dish!

Cheryl said...

I have never had this in my life, but I have heard of it! Yours looks delish and I am gonna try it!

Elizabeth said...

I love chicken cacciatore - I never thought to serve it with cheesy risotto. I'll have to try that.

lisaiscooking said...

I've been wanting to make a chicken cacciatore, and this has me craving it now!

Maria said...

What a plate! Nice looking meal!

CookinsForMe said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I admit I'm not much of a cacciatore fan but this recipe sounds delicious and I might just have to try it!

Dawn said...

Yes, that does look like a really good hearty sauce.

Alexa said...

I know what you mean... I got my slowcooker out for such wonderful comfort foods as this chicken cacciatore. Great recipe!

Anna at Mediocre Chocolate said...

If you cook the chicken in enough liquid, once it's done braising you can actually use that broth to make your risotto--I have done this a few times, and the result is a full-flavored, boldly-colored risotto. Mm. You're making me hungry!

giz said...

This is one of the go to dishes that I really love and what I absolutely adore is all that saucy goodness on the plate. Yum.

Grace said...

hunter-style, eh? what's that about? this is too good a dish to be used to feed those animal killers. :)

ttfn300 said...

delish!

Kevin said...

Anna at Mediocre Chocolate: Using extra liquid in the sauce and then using it to cook the risotto sounds goo, I will have to try that next time.

Karen said...

One of my all time favorite meals! I haven't fixed it in a while.. so I'll have to put it on my to do list! I'm off to read your risotto recipe...

Pam said...

I've tried chicken cacciatore before and didn't really like it all that much. I'm going to have to give yours a try!

Deborah said...

My grocery store sells whole chickens cut into pieces, so I always take the lazy way out! This looks so comforting.

Pam said...

This looks lovely. It looks like the perfect meal. Excellent photo.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Great dish Kevin, and it's always been a favorite of mine!

Jaime said...

wow, your cacciatore looks so colorful and delicious!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

i am very very partial to anything red...cant get my eyes off this one ^_^

homecooked said...

Wow...this looks great!

Roonie said...

This looks so awesome I'm going to make it tonight. Found you on foodgawker and can't wait to check out the rest of your site.

zinke said...

We made this for some guests a month ago, and we all really really enjoyed it! Thank you!

Tsuki said...

It was delicious!
Your site is the best and it's my favorite recipes blog.
Thank you!

Cheers from Romania!

moneca said...

looking forward to making your chicken cacciatore...yum.

Abby said...

I made this dish for a dinner party I hosted over the weekend and it was such a beautiful dish! The chicken pieces fell off the bones so I think I didn't score that well in terms of presentation but my guests were too busy slurping the stew down to notice anyway! I also had a couple of portions of leftovers and it tastes much better the next day!

Anonymous said...

This is one of the most visually stunning food photos I have ever seen. I cannot wait to make this. Thanks.

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