Classic Italian dish of rustic chicken with slow braised vegetables. It’s a one-pot meal that is perfect for family dinner time!
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We are slowly approaching cooler days and everything fall related. I personally love fall and everything that comes with it. Like this one-pot chicken cacciatore! It’s such an amazing meal to make for the whole family, especially on a Sunday night. It consists of slow braised chicken with vegetables in a simple tomato sauce. Chicken is incredibly tender and just falls off the bone by the end of cooking. For best flavor, definitely use bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks.
What is in cacciatore sauce?
Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian. It refers to a meal prepared “hunter-style” with onions, herbs, usually tomatoes, often bell peppers, and sometimes wine. There are many variations of chicken cacciatore but my version is pretty simple: onion, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, and tomatoes.
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Classic Italian dish of rustic chicken with slowly braised vegetables. It’s a one-pot meal that is perfect for family dinner time!
- 2 1/2 lbs. chicken drumsticks*
- 4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, diced (1 cup)
- 2 celery ribs, diced (1 cup)
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 3 springs fresh thyme
- 2 bay leafs
- 1 (28 oz.) can whole tomatoes
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
- Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
- Pat the chicken lightly with couple sheets of paper towels to remove some of the moisture. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Heat 3 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add chicken and cook in batches for 4-5 minutes per side or until lightly browned. Remove the chicken to a platter and repeat the same with the next batch.
- Add the remaining 1 Tablespoon of oil and saute the onions for few minutes until soft. Add the carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, and bay leafs. Cook the vegetables for 8-10 minutes or until soft.
- Stir in the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Layer the chicken over the vegetable mixture. Add water, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring + flipping the chicken halfway through.
- Off heat stir in parsley and let the chicken rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.
- bone-in chicken thighs can be substituted
Keywords: drumsticks, authentic, family friendly