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Mom's Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
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Mom's Chicken Cacciatore
A comforting Italian classic with tomatoes, fresh mushrooms, and garlic. See more

Mom's Chicken Cacciatore

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"Many food names reflect various occupations or trades. 'Cacciatore' literally means 'hunter' in Italian, and this 'hunter style' dish makes good use of mushrooms (easily available to hunters trekking through forests!), onions tomatoes and herbs. If desired, serve over hot spaghetti noodles."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings


  1. Combine the flour, salt and pepper in a plastic bag. Shake the chicken pieces in flour until coated. Heat the oil in a large skillet (one that has a cover/lid). Fry the chicken pieces until they are browned on both sides. Remove from skillet.
  2. Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper to the skillet and saute until the onion is slightly browned. Return the chicken to the skillet and add the tomatoes, oregano and wine. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes over medium low heat.
  3. Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 more minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 17, 2007

This recipe is very similar to the one my Italian Grandmother taught me to make. Here's what she would do: (1) used a large Dutch Oven (the "spaghetti pot") rather than a skillet; (2) always used Olive Oil as her "vegetable oil"; (3) dipped the chicken pieces in egg prior to dredging them in flour; (4) used parsley and/or basil rather than oregano; (5) never used mushrooms; (6)pierced the onion and put it in whole (and then discarded it before serving the stew); (7) sliced the green peppers in strips rather than chopping them; (8) used red wine rather than white; (9) added carrots and potatoes (which she had cleaned, peeled, quartered and par-cooked) to the pot half-way through the cooking time (which was more like 45 minutes than 30). We used to eat this right from the pot when we were kids it was so delicious. I tend to remove the pieces from the pot first to a serving dish or salad bowl, let them sit for a while (perhaps 10 minutes), and then remove them, the vegetables and as much of the "sauce" as I want to yet another serving dish (less greasy that way). My family loves this dish, and prepared this way, there's no need to serve it "over" or "alongside of" anything.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 17, 2010

This was good but I prefer more spice. I'd add some red pepper next time.

Jan 26, 2004

Fabulous! I did change a few things. 3 cloves garlic. A can of Italian stewed tomatoes in addition to the diced tomatoes. 1 cup red wine instead of 1/2 cup white. The extra ingredients worked well to cover the chicken while cooking. The chicken turned out SO tender! It was falling off the bone. I really didn't think a half hour would actually cook it. It really needed salt to bring out the flavor, though. I recommend 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Next time I would only use 1 cup flour for a lighter coating.

Aug 31, 2005

Don't understand why anyone would call this recipe boring. Yes, I too added more seasonings and totally skipped the flour coating as it's not necessary and actually gets in the way during the browning process. The key to a really good cacciatore is to brown the chicken very, very well. The oil is also not needed as the chicken will produce its own. Once browned, you're left with those wonderful tasty bits on the bottom of your pan that helps to make an incredible and almost brown colored hearty sauce. I also suggest letting the chicken and sauce simmer for a couple of hours to really bring out the flavors. If you have a cast iron skillet or dutch oven, all the better. Good basic recipe Jana and thanks so much!!!!

May 22, 2007

Terriffic recipe!!! Easy too. Omitted the flour based on other reviews and used Italian seasoning instead of just oregano cause I didn't have any on hand. Used two cans of diced tomatoes for more sauce and added green onions along with regular one. I like my sauces THICK, so I added 3 small cans of tomato paste. If you don't, use at least one or the sauce will be tasty but runny. The longer you cook on a low simmer, the more the meat will fall off the bone. Remember to occasionally stir for all cook times, long or short. Oh yeah, if you're able, brown chicken in just about ANYTHING but vegetable oil (olive, canola, Country Crock spread.....all are a little healthier). Thanx for the recipe, yo!! I swear I love this site!!

Jan 26, 2004

This is a great recipe. As usual, I read the reviews (thanks) and took a few suggestions. I used 8 boneless breasts (always my preference), verly lightly floured them (less than 1/2 cup of flour), and I used a touch of olive oil for browning. I doubled the peppers and onions, but cut them into 1-inch pieces. I used a cup of red wine, twice the garlic, and a small can of tomato sauce at the end when I thought it was a little too liquidy. I love this. It's lowfat, very tasty and even easier to make. Thanks!

Jan 03, 2012

This recipe was fantastic. Made it as written and I very much enjoyed it. Thank you so much for sharing! On a side note, I SO don't understand some of these reviews. The ones saying, I changed this and that and added these things and used a completely different cooking method so with my alterations its 5 stars. WHAT???!!! If you're doing it differently that is totally fine, but how dare you change the recipe so much and then rate it whether it be a good or bad rating. I'm utterly baffled! When I change a recipe I will not rate it because it is no longer the posted recipe! *Sorry for venting*

Oct 20, 2003

This was really fantastic! The only change I made was that I used skinless chicken breasts and a cabernet instead of white wine. This will most likely end up on my weekly rotation!!! Thanks for a great recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 670 kcal
  • 34%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.9 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 170 mg
  • 57%
  • Fat
  • 38.1 g
  • 59%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 46.9 g
  • 94%
  • Sodium
  • 423 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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