Secret Family Recipe: Chicken Cacciatore!

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Many Italian recipes differ drastically based on what region of Italy you are in. I’ve seen many different recipes for chicken cacciatore but we think this one is the best! The recipe comes straight from the Santangelo region of Italy. Just kidding. There is obviously no such region. What I mean is our recipe it not true to any certain region, it’s just what we like here in our house.

The Cast of Characters:

Season the chicken on both sides with a generous amount of salt and pepper.

Add olive oil to a heavy bottom pan and heat on medium-high. Add the chicken, skin side down.

Cook until brown, about 5 minutes. Then turn to the other side and cook 5 more minutes.

While the chicken is browning, cut up your veggies.

You want that beautiful brown color on the chicken.

Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

Add the onion, peppers, and garlic to the pan. Sauté for 5 minutes, scraping the brown bits a little from the bottom of the pan, until vegetables are tender. They still will not be fully cooked but that’s ok, they will continue to cook in the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the wine to the pan and allow to cook about 3 minutes until reduced by half. Wow, the smell is intoxicating! Wine just smells so good when it’s cooking.

Now add the chicken stock, crushed tomato, and diced tomato. Stir and add the chicken back into the pan. Try to carefully push the chicken down so it is under the sauce.

When the sauce is just starting to bubble, turn the heat down to low and cover the pan. You want to leave the cover slightly askew so the steam can escape.

Cook for 1 hour at a slight simmer.

Remove the chicken from the pan and let cool a few minutes.

Remove the skin and cut the chicken into large chunks. It’s ok if the chicken is still slightly pink at this point.

Add the chicken back to the pan with the sauce and cook for another 30 minutes.

There you have it, the secret Santangelo Chicken Cacciatore recipe! Don’t tell anyone I told you. It will be our little secret.

Dig in with a chunk of crusty bread.

Oh, heaven!

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Chicken Cacciatore
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour and 45 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour and 45 minutes
  1. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottom pan on medium-high heat.
  2. Generously season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Place chicken in the pan, skin side down.
  4. Cook 5 minutes until chicken is golden brown. Turn over and cook another 5 minutes on other side.
  5. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  6. Add peppers, onions, and garlic to pan. Saute 5 minutes until they start to become tender.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Add the wine and cook 3 minutes until reduced by 1/2.
  9. Add diced tomatoes, chicken stock, and crushed tomatoes. Stir.
  10. Add chicken back into the pan with the sauce. Turn heat down to low. Cover, leaving cover slightly askew, and cook for 1 hour.
  11. Remove chicken from the pan again. Remove the skin and bone and cut into chunks.
  12. Add the chicken chunks back into pan. Stir, cover, and cook for 30 minutes.
  13. Enjoy!
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