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Chicken cacciatore served family style

Classic Chicken Cacciatore

  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x


Chicken Cacciatore is made with fork-tender chicken thighs baked in a light, aromatic sauce made from crushed tomatoes, Italian soffritto (carrots, onions, and celery), olives, and mushrooms.


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  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp. black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. basil flakes
  • 28 oz crushed tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 4 whole rosemary sprigs


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Ensure chicken thighs are clean and dry, then season evenly with paprika, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, garlic powder, and dried parsley. Lightly pat cooking oil onto the chicken so the seasonings can stick to the chicken better.
  3. Add oil to a large pan or Dutch oven (paid link). Sear chicken thighs at high heat for 5 to 6 minutes per side. Remove from heat. The skin should be crispy and golden brown.
  4. Lower heat to medium heat. Add chopped onions, celery, and carrots to the same pan, cook for 5 minutes, then add minced garlic and mushrooms and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Add red wine, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, cumin, basil flakes, honey, and crushed tomatoes to the pan and stir before topping off with pitted kalamata olives and fresh rosemary sprigs.
  6. Cover the pot and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
  7. Cook the pappardelle pasta as instructed. Pasta should be al dente.
  8. Serve immediately.


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Calories: 811
  • Sugar: 13.2g
  • Sodium: 1388mg
  • Fat: 55g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.2g
  • Fiber: 3.4g
  • Protein: 56.8g
  • Cholesterol: 253mg

Keywords: Classic Chicken Cacciatore, Chicken Cacciatore