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Chicken Cacciatore

Don’t you just love dishes that pretty much cook for themselves and all you have to do is toss (or nicely arrange) the ingredients together and your job is complete? I do. Especially when I am crazy busy and every minute counts and is precious. This recipe is just right when you are pressed for time.  I stumbled upon it in one of the cookbooks I recently checked out from the library.

Cacciatore is an Italian dish and it means “hunter-style,” and as most hunter style dishes it doesn’t require much preparation or any lengthy steps to put it together. In cacciatore, chicken is arranged on a baking casserole, surrounded by chunks of juicy tomato. Onion, rosemary, bay leaves, butter and a good doze of olive oil on top and the dish goes into the oven. Out of the oven and the chicken is golden, the juices have blended together and you are ready to eat hunter style. Which I love. I also like soaking up the juices from the pan with chunks of fresh crusty bread. I wonder if hunters do that, too. Molto delizioso!

Chicken Cacciatore
Adapted from “Bake Until Bubbly” by Clifford A. Wright

Serves 4

Ingredients:

One 3-pound chicken, cut into 10 pieces or chicken parts, such as drumsticks or thighs, or a combination (do not use chicken breast only as it will not release much juices)
1 large onion, cut into eighths
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 pound (500 g) ripe plum tomatoes (5 to 7 depending on size), peeled and cut into half, or 3 to 4 wedges if big
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400F (205C). Lightly oil a 13 x 9 x 2-inch (33 x 22 X 5cm) baking casserole (I used Pyrex dish).

In the casserole, arrange the chicken pieces and onion. Push the bay leaves and rosemary between the chicken and onion. Dot the casserole with butter. Arrange the cut tomatoes, cut side down attractively around the chicken. Pour 1/4 cup of olive oil over everything. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bake until the chicken is golden brown, the edges of the onion are blackening, and the sauce is bubbling, about 1 1/2 hours.

Discard the bay leaves and rosemary sprigs if you can find them easily, and serve hot.

6 Comments
  1. Ti ne perestayosh’ menya udivlyat’…. I kogda ti vsyo uspevaesh’?
    Ochen’ vkusno! :-))

  2. FArida, menim mamam da asan bisen yemekleri sevir, ele ona gore de bu yemek bizim de evde moddadi:-))))))))))))))

  3. Hi Farida,

    I made this dish today, turned out delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  4. Italy, It is chicken cooked in tomato sauce, red wine and seasoning. It is quite good.

  5. Feride, it is the first time I come across your site: I am a home cook and food researcher as you are. I am Italian. I love north African, Middle eastern, Turkish… cuisines the most. I was wondering how to find groceries in Italy. How to find good Azeri pomegranates and pomegranate juice from Italy? Could you help me?
    Btw: the real name of the recipe is “alla cacciatora”.

  6. we love italian dishis

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