Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian. “Hunter-style” refers to dishes made with the hunters catch of the day, such as rabbit or chicken, with tomatoes, onions, herbs, bell peppers and sometimes wine. The northern Italian chefs often used white wine in this dish, whereas in southern Italy, red wine is often used.
Chicken Cacciatore with Red Wine and Herbs
This classic Italian dish is perfect on a cold winter night with a good red wine and some crusty bread.
Salt and pepper the chicken on both sides. Sauté in olive oil over medium heat until light brown on each side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Add the bell pepper, onion, and garlic, crushed red pepper, and oregano and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the tomatoes with their juice, chicken stock, red wine, capers and oregano. Return the chicken to the pan and coat in the sauce. Add the rosemary. Bring the sauce to a simmer over low heat and cook for about 10 minutes. Transfer to a platter, sprinkle with basil and serve.
Serve this with pasta and some good crusty bread to sop up the sauce with. © Galley Chef All Rights Reserved
This sauce originated in Naples, Italy. It is said that the Prostitutes (puttana’s) needed to make something quick and nourishing between “appointments”. This sauce was created for just this reason. It has the flavors of Southern Italy – very intense, chunky and rich in flavor.