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Chicken Cacciatore

This Chicken Cacciatore is a rustic, hearty chicken dish, a classic Italian comfort food made easy. It's bursting with bright colors and fresh flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken, chicken cacciatore, italian food, italian recipes
Servings: 6
Calories: 354kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 lb chicken wings and drumsticks
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 lb white mushrooms cleaned and chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp oregano dried
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes (1 can)
  • 3/4 cup Kalamata olives pitted
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped


  • Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
  • Add the olive oil and butter to a large oven-safe skillet with a lid, and heat until butter has melted. 
  • Add the chicken to the skillet and season generously with salt and pepper. Fry the chicken on both sides until golden, about 4 min per side. The chicken doesn't have to be cooked through, as it will continue cooking while in the oven. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the garlic and onions to the skillet and saute for 2 minutes until the onion is translucent and the garlic becomes aromatic. Add the chopped mushrooms and cook for 5 min until the mushrooms cook down then add the peppers. I like to cook my mushrooms first, but you could add the mushrooms and peppers all at once. Stir and cook for a couple more minutes until the peppers soften a bit.
  • Add the turmeric, oregano, bay leaves, red wine, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes. Stir well and bring to a boil. 
  • Add the chicken back to the pot, cover with a lid and place in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Top with whole Kalamata olives and garnish with fresh parsley before serving.
  • Serve over noodles, rice or polenta.



I used drumsticks and wings in this recipe, but you can use whichever part of the chicken you prefer.
You can use any type of wine that you like - white or red.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 711mg | Potassium: 860mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1180IU | Vitamin C: 89.6mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2.6mg