Chicken cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore

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  • 4 to 6
  • Easy
  • 20 minutes
  • 1 hour

This easy Italian chicken recipe makes a great midweek meal. Prep everything in 20 minutes, then let your oven do the hard work. “I prefer to use chicken thighs for this, but you could add some legs," says creator Abigail. "This is delicious served with creamy polenta, rice or mashed potato. It freezes well, so make a double portion.”


  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1.1 kg free-range chicken thighs
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 t dried chilli flakes
  • 2 t dried oregano
  • 2 red peppers, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 black mushrooms 4, roughly chopped
  • 70 g Woolworths pitted black olives
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 x 400 g cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 Roma tomatoes 4, halved

Cooking Instructions

1. Heat the olive oil in a large ovenproof pan, then pan-fry the chicken, skin-side down, until caramelised. Add the butter, melt and baste the chicken. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

2. In the same pan, sweat the onion, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, chilli and oregano for 10 minutes. Add the peppers, carrots, mushrooms and olives and fry for 5 minutes.

3. Add the tomato paste, red wine, tomatoes and chicken stock and cook for 10 minutes. Season.

4. Return the chicken to the sauce, add the Roma tomatoes, cover and allow to roast in the oven at 180°C for 30 minutes.

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Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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