Chicken Cacciatore

Cacciatore means ‘hunter’ in Italian and what do hunters use for their cooking when they are out hunting? Mainly what they gather or bring along with them on their hunts.

I have left out mushrooms in this recipe as I know it is not always ‘liked’ in my family, however, please feel free to add mushrooms if you like mushrooms like I do.

Ingredients : for 4 persons

8 skinless chicken thighs

6 tomatoes, boiled & skins removed (or 1 x 410g canned tomatoes)

2 tomatoes, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 sprig rosemary

2 teaspoons sugar (to balance off the acidity of the tomatoes)

salt & pepper


  • Fry the celery, onions & garlic with oil in a pot large enough to contain the chicken thighs.
  • When the onions have turned translucent, add in the chicken thighs to cook. Add more oil if you need to.
  • Cook until both sides of the chicken thighs are cooked.
  • Add the tomatoes & herbs. Add enough water to just cover the chicken thighs.
  • Lower the flame to simmer when the stew starts to boil. Let the stew simmer for about 45-60 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Add the sugar, salt & pepper. Taste. Add more salt if required.
  • Served with pasta.


How to boil & skin tomatoes:


  • Wash tomatoes, make an ‘X’ at the bottom of the tomatoes.
  • Boil tomatoes until the skin starts to peel.
  • Soak tomatoes in ice water for a few minutes.
  • Peel and discard the skins.












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