Pollo Alla Cacciatora (Italian Hunter-Style Chicken)

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

Found online; posting for ZWT 7-Italy.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse the chicken pieces and pat them dry.
  2. Mix the flour, salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Toss the chicken pieces in the seasoned flour, shaking off any excess, and set aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high flame. Add a few chicken pieces at a time and brown them on both sides. Remove the chicken to a plate.
  4. Add the onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic and mushrooms and sauté for another 3-4 minutes, or until the mushrooms are wilted and cooked through.
  6. Stir in the wine and tomatoes and simmer for a few minutes until cooked down somewhat. Then stir in the water or stock, herbs and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  8. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve with polenta or roasted potatoes.
  9. *Variations.
  10. Coniglio alla Cacciatora: use rabbit instead of chicken.
  11. Other possible additions: chopped bell peppers, chopped carrots, chopped celery, chopped oregano, bay leaves, juniper berries, dried porcini mushrooms, black olives, capers, 3 or 4 chopped anchovies.
  12. Use boneless, skinless chicken breast for a lower fat version.
Most Helpful

Very tasty and very simple to make. I used 4 bone-in thighs for the 2 of us, but made the whole amount of sauce, since I wanted some for the pasta I was serving with it. Wouldn't change anything, ingredient-wise. I would like to try the rabbit version also, but I am the only one who will eat it. :(

Outta Here October 02, 2012

I made this with just the drumsticks and loved it. I especially enjoyed the flavor of the herbs and the relatively low cooking time.

threeovens January 01, 2012

This is a very nice cacciatore. The chicken stays very moist throughout cooking and was well recieved. Thank you-made for ZWT7.

kellychris June 09, 2011