Cacciatore (/ˌkɑːəˈtɔːri/, /ˌkæ-/;[1] Italian pronunciation: [kattʃaˈtoːre]) means "hunter" in Italian. In cuisine, alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared "hunter-style" with onions, herbs, usually tomatoes, often bell peppers, and sometimes wine.

Chicken cacciatore
Place of originItaly
Region or statevarious
Serving temperatureHot or lukewarm
Main ingredientschicken thighs, flour, olive oil, onions, chopped red bell peppers, plum tomatoes, green olives, capers, fresh minced garlic, chili pepper, red/white wine, chicken stock, thyme, fresh basil, oregano

Cacciatore is popularly made with braised chicken[2] (pollo alla cacciatora) or rabbit[3] (coniglio alla cacciatora). The salamino cacciatore is a small salami that is seasoned with only garlic and pepper.[4]


A basic cacciatore recipe usually begins with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil heated in a large frying pan. Chicken parts, seasoned with salt and pepper, are seared in the oil for three to four minutes on each side. The chicken is removed from the pan, and most of the fat poured off. The remaining fat is used to fry the onions, peppers or other vegetables for several minutes. A small can of peeled tomatoes (drained of liquid and chopped coarsely) is typically added to the pan along with rosemary and a half cup of dry red wine. Bay leaf may be used, along with chopped carrot to give extra sweetness. The seared chicken parts are returned to the pan which is then covered. The dish is done after about an hour at a very low simmer. Cacciatore is often served with a rustic bread. Outside of Italy (mainly in the US), it may be served with pasta on the side or atop white rice.[5]

Chicken cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore typically, but not always, includes base ingredients of onion, garlic, and tomato.[6]

Salami cacciatore

Lamb salami cacciatore

Salami Cacciatore typically originates from the southern Italian Provinces of Calabria, specifically Squillace. Ingredients vary from region to region.


The many different variations of this entree are based upon ingredients available in specific regions. For example, in southern Italy, cacciatore often includes red wine, while northern Italian chefs might use white wine. Some versions of the dish may use mushrooms.[6]

See also


  1. Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014. S.v. "Cacciatore." Retrieved November 13, 2018, from
  2. Halvorsen, Francine (2007). Crowd-Pleasing Potluck. Rodale. p. 90. ISBN 978-1594864742.
  3. Buonopane, Marguerite DiMino (2012). The North End Italian Cookbook, 6th. Globe Pequot. p. 367. ISBN 978-0762781904.
  4. DK Publishing (contributor) (2012). Sausage. Penguin. p. 60. ISBN 978-1465400925. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  5. "Chicken Cacciatore Over Rice". Taste of Home. Retrieved 2022-05-31.
  6. Schroeder, Lisa (2009). Mother's Best: Comfort Food That Takes You Home Again. Taunton Press. pp. 119–121. ISBN 978-1600850172.

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