Chicken Cacciatore | Pollo Alla Cacciatore

pollo alla cacciatore by Chef Ankit gaurav

Chicken Cacciatore /Pollo Alla Cacciatore is a classic Italian dish also known as hunter’s chicken. Cacciatore means hunter in Italian, and alla cacciatora translates to a ‘hunter-style’ meal. Carrots, onions, garlic, yellow and red peppers, assorted mushrooms, olives, spices, herbs, tomatoes, and wine when slow-cooked and reduced makes the most delicious sauce to soak into your chicken.

The many variations of this dish are available based upon ingredients available in specific regions. For example, in southern Italy, cacciatore often include red wine, while northern Italian chefs use white wine. You can enjoy it with rustic bread, rice, or pasta on the side.

It is a comfort rustic food, family-style, hearty and so satisfying! Pour a glass of wine and enjoy the cooking. I can assure you this dish is amazing and one of the family’s absolute favorites dinner recipes.

Prep time : 15 mins

Cooking time : 35 mins

Level : medium hard

Serving : 4 



  1. Chicken, cut into 8 to 10 pieces
  2. Salt – to taste
  3. Black pepper – to taste
  4. Chicken stock – 1 cup
  5. Onions(dice) – 1 cup 
  6. Carrot (dice) – 1/3 cup
  7. Garlic cloves (chopped) – 1 teaspoon
  8. Red bell pepper (dice) – 1/2 cup
  9. Yellow pepper (dice) – 1/2 cup
  10. Olive oil – 2 tablespoon
  11. Mixed mushrooms (sliced) – 1/2 cup
  12. Red wine – 1 cup
  13. Tomato concasse – 1-1/2 cup
  14. Parsley (chopped) – 1/2 teaspoon
  15. Thyme (chopped) – 1/2 teaspoon
  16. Bay leaves – 2 nos
  17. Cherry tomatoes – 1/2 cup
  18. Leek (chopped) – 1 teaspoon
  19. Celery (chopped) – 1 teaspoon
  20. Mix Olives – 1/4 cup


  1. Wash and pat dry the chicken. Season with salt and pepper, add fresh chopped thyme. Mixed well.
  2. Heat a pan, add olive oil and place chicken skin side down. Grill it till golden brown colour from both sides. Deglaze the chicken with red wine. Remove chicken and keep aside.
  3. Heat another pan, add oil and bayleaf. Add onion, leek and celery. Saute it. 
  4. Add garlic and saute. Add carrot, mushroom and mixed bell peppers and cherry tomatoes.Cook it for a few mins. 
  5. Add tomato concasse and stir continuously.
  6. Add chicken stir once and then add chicken stock. Stir occasionally. 
  7. Add mixed olives and stir.
  8. Simmer the heat until the chicken starts to fall off the bone. Stir and adjust the seasoning. 
  9. Transfer the chicken cacciatore in a serving bowl. Garnished with fresh chopped parsley.
  10. Serve hot with tossed bread, rice or pasta.

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