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Lisa’s Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore is rustic Italian cooking at its most satisfying. Any extra sauce can be frozen and used another day. It’s one of those secondi that Lisa loves because it brings back memories of being with her children in the Tuscan countryside, watching Italian hunters on their way to the caccia (the hunt).

Watch Lisa make the full recipe on the Lisa’s Italian Kitchen YouTube channel here.

Lisa’s Chicken Cacciatore Ingredients:

Chicken Cacciatore

2-3 small chickens, each cut into 8 serving pieces

Sea Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

5 onions, cut in half, then sliced into paper-thin half-moons

4 cloves garlic, chopped

2 large bell peppers, seeded and cut into strips

1 cup red wine

1 jar Lisa’s Authentic Classic Tomato Sauce

2 cups sliced button mushrooms

Lisa’s Chicken Cacciatore Directions:

Season the chicken with sea salt and pepper and dredge lightly in the flour.

Heat the olive oil in a deep 12-inch Dutch oven over high heat. Working in batches, brown the chicken on all sides, about 10 minutes per batch. Transfer the chicken to paper towels to drain.

Chicken Cacciatore

Add the onions, garlic, and bell peppers to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat until the onions are translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and deglaze the pan, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Reduce the wine for 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes. Return the chicken to the pan. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes.

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Add the mushrooms and simmer, uncovered, until they are tender and the chicken is cooked all the way through, about another 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Chicken Cacciatore


  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

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