Chicken Cacciatore

This post was last updated on August 16, 2014 to include new images and a recipe video.

Chicken Cacciatore

This meal is so simple to make and creates such a complex balance of flavors.

Chicken Cacciatore recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Dustin even loved it and he hates capers. I mean hates. Like they wronged him in a previous life or something.

I often see Chicken Cacciatore served over some type of noodle, like egg noodles. But my current diet doesn’t allow noodles. Sniff.

Chicken Cacciatore recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

So, I chose to serve them over some zucchini noodles.

That’s right — zucchini noodles (post coming soon!).

Chicken Cacciatore recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Chicken Cacciatore is also known as “Hunter-Style Chicken,” as Cacciatore means Hunter in Italian. I believe this is because the meal was made from whatever the hunter brought back from the hunt (though I’m not entirely sure on this). So, if you have extra ingredients you’d like to throw in, go for it. You can also add chicken breasts, bell peppers, zucchini, etc.

I made a simple combination of tomatoes, capers, mushrooms and onions and it turned out beautifully.

Chicken Cacciatore recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Oh — and please don’t forget the fresh basil on top! Trust me, the sweetness of the basil will balance out the tartness of the capers and the acidity of the tomatoes. If you don’t usually garnish, I highly recommend you try it on this one.

Chicken Cacciatore

Wanna see me make this super yummy meal?  Watch this video!

Chicken Cacciatore

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If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think by leaving a comment and rating it. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #asweetpeachef on Instagram! I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Enjoy!

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This Chicken Cacciatore recipe is so delicious, it makes Dustin eat capers...and enjoy it! That's saying something.
Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 4-6
  • 4-6 chicken thighs, skin-on
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, to coat chicken
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper, to coat chicken
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 8-10 mushrooms, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup white wine (I use a semi-dry Chardonnay)
  • 28 oz. (1 can) diced tomatoes with juices
  • 2 tbsp. capers, drained
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves, julienned
  1. Lightly coat chicken with kosher salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook until golden, about 6-8 minutes. Flip over and cook other side until golden. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  3. Carefully pour out and discard ⅔ of the remaining oil and chicken drippings from the pan. Add onion, garlic and mushrooms to the same pan and cook over medium heat until the onion is tender, about 6-8 minutes. Add tomatoes and their juices, capers, wine and oregano and stir to combine. Season to taste with additional salt or pepper if needed. Return the chicken to the pan. Bring to a simmer and simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Once chicken is cooked, remove and heat sauce on high to thicken for 5-10 minutes, if necessary. If very liquidy, boil until it reduces to desired amount.
  5. Garnish with julienned basil and serve.


  1. says

    My husband and I thought this was great. I did reduce the amount of crushed red pepper flakes, but otherwise made the recipe exactly as written. Unlike others, I did not need to add cornstarch to thicken the sauce. After 25 minutes of simmering, it had reduced to a lovely, syrupy consistency. This is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Patti says

    Can I do without capers or is it imperative to the flavor? Also, How many zucchinis did you use for this dish? Thanks in advance, you dishes are great!

  3. Valerie says

    Wow, what a great idea…turning zucchini into noodles! I love zucchini, but haven’t quite figured out what else to do with it other than sauteing with some butter. This dish looks super yummy! I’ll definitely be trying it!


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