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Rustic Chicken Cacciatore

June 10, 2015

Juicy and tender gluten-free chicken cacciatore sautéed slowly over a low heat in an Italian rustic tomato and basil sauce. A ONE-POT little wonder. 

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Melt in your mouth chicken with the tangy and vibrant Italian tomato and basil sauce is about to make your heart sing.  You are going to just love this rustic chicken cacciatore because just one bite is going to make you feel like you are in Tuscany overlooking the vineyards eating a marvellous meal that a sweet little Italian grandma made just for you.

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This rustic chicken cacciatore is so tender and with loads of savory rich tomato basil sauce and is happily gluten-free. It is a snap to put together with just a handful of pantry ingredients.

I miss watching Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network show. All we have here in Hong Kong is the Asian Food Network which is good as many shows help me review my Mandarin language skills.  Giada's infectious smile and her delicious cacciatore could light up any room. Giada's chicken cacciatore recipe is so perfect and close to my mom's recipe, there was no need to change a thing. Except, I had to make it gluten-free for me but that was such an easy swap and the flavors and textures are just gorgeous.

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I love these one-pan little wonders that you can get on your table in less than 30 minutes and that includes making a side of sautéed green beans and a salad. For all of you without gluten issues or diabetes, a big hearty piece of artisan bread to soak up all of those rich and delicious tomato and basil sauce is a little bite of heaven.

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Chicken cacciatore is such a rustic looking dish and made from such simple ingredients and that is exactly why I love this dish so much. This dish has been around for centuries. The word "Cacciatore" means hunter in Italian and it was a dish that traditionally something that hunters could easily make out in the forest.

The traditional way of making rustic chicken cacciatore is with just chicken braised with wine and a few herbs from the forest. Tomatoes were not used back then as you could imagine that would have been a tad bit messy to bring out in the middle of the hunting season,  I don't think tupperware was invented yet. Also, there is no way in heck that the hunters are going to be hauling heavy flour around to dredge their chicken or rabbit to cook. However, men will be men and of course there was always a little room in their rug sack for a bit of wine, so there you have it.

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I know what you are thinking, "BAM, another dish with chicken tenderloins?" Well there are 3 fantastic reasons for this... 1) Chicken tenderloins require about half of the cooking time compared to chicken on the bone, so I can get dinner on the table in a flash. 2) Going to the wet market here in Hong Kong is not for the faint of heart.  Picking out a live chicken at the market and then watching the local butcher do what it needs to do right it in front of you is not my idea of fun. For right now at least, I like my chicken that comes in little pre-packaged saran package that are labeled and has gone through the proper safety checks 3) I can buy organic chicken tenderloins from Australia or US right here at the local ParknShop and well...they are on display right next to the "local chicken feet".

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I know your going to want to add this delicious Italian rustic chicken cacciatore recipe to your monthly rotations as it only uses only a handful of pantry items and you are in business.

Wishing you a super week!

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Rustic Chicken Cacciatore

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June 10, 2015

Juicy and tender gluten free chicken sauteed slowly over a low heat in a rustic tomato and basil sauce. Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis 

  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


chicken tenderloins - 8-12 depending on how hungry your crew is

salt and pepper - to taste

Gluten Free Flour Mix - 1/2 cup (or can use regular flour if no gluten issues)

olive oil - 2 tablespoons

red bell pepper - 1 large chopped

onion - 1 large chopped

garlic - 3 cloves sliced thinly

white wine - 3/4 cup dry white wine or whatever your drinking

canned tomatoes - 1 (28 ounce can tomatoes pureed) - my family does not like chunks of tomatoes

chicken broth - 3/4 cup reduced sodium/gluten-free (I used homemade stock)

capers - 3 tablespoons

oregano - 1 and 1/2 teaspoons oregano

basil - 1/4 cup chopped fresh


1Wash and pat dry your chicken tenderloins. Salt and pepper both sides of chicken tenderloins. Dredge your chicken tenderloins in the flour on both sides and shake off the excess flour. (By all means you can use chicken on the bone such as chicken thighs and breasts and that would be wonderful but will take an extra 10 minutes to cook) 

2Place olive oil on the medium high griddle and add your chicken breast to the pan and sear on both sides until lightly golden brown. Remove the chicken from the pan and add chopped red bell peppers, onions, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Saute until aromatic and translucent.   Add the white wine to the pan to deglaze and use your spatula to lift any of the delicious chicken tasty morsels. Reduce the wine until about half. Add the pureed tomatoes, chicken broth, capers, oregano and salt and pepper to taste. (now here is the point that my mom would have usually added just a pinch of sugar to help balance out the acidity of the tomatoes, I did not do that as the tomatoes were sweet and delicious) 

3Add the chicken back into the tomato sauce and let it simmer for about 20 minutes until fork tender. (If you decided to use chicken on the bone it may need 10-15 minutes more to cook) 

4Serve your delicious rustic chicken cacciatore recipe garnished with fresh chopped basil, a delicious side of sauteed green beans and side salad for a low carb, diabetic friendly meal. (You can also freeze this meal and enjoy another busy work week day) 

  • BAM – I don’t need a taste of this rustic chicken cacciatore to “feel like (I am) in Tuscany overlooking the vineyards eating a marvelous meal that a sweet little Italian grandma made just for” me – I can just look at your pictures and drool through my screen at that juicy chicken to feel this way! This sounds incredibly enticing! So much flavor!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks so much Shashi! I hope one day you really can go to Tuscany and enjoy a little rustic chicken cacciatore with a glass of vino and I am sure it will bring a smile to your face. Happy 2 year blogiversay sweet little lady!

  • Aah yes, one pan wonders are my best. Fabulous flavours here Bam.
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Mandy, I love one-pan little wonders too. Life is just busy so having some less than 30 minute go to meals is so important. Take care 🙂

  • I made your bacon wrapped sausage stuffed pork tenderloin yesterday and it was superb! But sadly didn’t take photo of it because we dig in too fast… and now you are giving me another to-cook recipe! This looks so good, I’ll try making it with fresh tomatoes instead!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Jasline I am so glad you gave my bacon wrapped sausage stuffed pork tenderloin and enjoyed it. You just made my day! Using fresh tomatoes would be wonderful. I would score my tomatoes and then blanch them first to remove the skin before adding to the dish so that the sauce maintains it smooth and velvety texture. Take Care

  • I would for sure buy the packaged variety too. I don’t think I could watch my dinner butchered in front of me. Too close for comfort. Your dish looks delicious and perfect for summer harvest. And I love one pot meals!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Kristy! The packaged “variety” is a warm welcome compared to the alternative.When the tomatoes are bright and perfect for picking this would be delicious but if you cannot get fresh heirloom tomatoes, a good canned tomato picked at the peak of their freshness from Italy is a great alternative and a pantry item that we generally have around. Have a super weekend!

  • This just looks perfect, that’s it! : ) I also enjoy Giada’s shows and her recipes…they are not too light but satisfying without going overboard unnecessarily. You did her proud with this. It just looks insanely delicious.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Monica! Wishing you a super weekend

  • The sauce looks amazing! I know this will be a hit in my house and I can see us all dipping pieces of bread in it too 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Sandra! This dish just begs to be dipped with some rustic hearty bread.

  • kitchenriffs

    I can’t remember the last time I had this dish! Chicken Cacciatore used to be a staple in my youth, but its popularity seemed to have faded sometime during the 80s. Time to bring it back! Such a great dish, and yours looks wonderful. Thanks.

    • Bams Kitchen

      This is a great retro dish. I really do not know why it went out of style as it is a great one-dish little wonder. Have a wonderful weekend John!

  • Chicken Cacciatore is one of my favortie Italian dish. Yours looks very inviting and flavorful.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Ray!

  • Will you please adopt me? Maybe as your second mom, because I’m older than you to be your child. Pretty please? This looks divine and your photos make me wanna lick my screen. Have a fabulous day, my friend!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Sure Jas we can do a swap. I will take you in and you can have a couple of hungry teenagers at your place… LOL Have a super weekend!

  • Robyn

    Oh my, these pics have me drooling, Bobbi! And if you’re adopting, I’m in line as well! I have all the ingredients for this dish so I’ll have to make it tomorrow. Everything you make is so flavorful and special! I pinned that big pic in the pan before I even got through the post, lol. Fabulous! Sharing all over 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Robyn! Sure come on over I am sure you will not be able to compete with my hungry teenagers appetites. My only suggestion is to grab your portion before it leaves the kitchen as once it is set on the kitchen table you are going to have to fight for your portion… LOL Boys!!! Thanks for sharing

  • Look at all that tomatoey goodness, I wanna dunk any bread I can on those. Mmmmmmmm

  • Eha

    I just love the word ‘rustic’ as besides sounding homely and comforting, it somehow allows you ‘to get away’ with cooking spontaneously from your heart! Yes I too remember this being a staple meal in the 70s and 80s and have made ‘variations’ since but must copy yours next time around . . . do love the flavours 🙂 !

    • Bams Kitchen

      There is nothing like a good old retro meal to make you feel like your have just been hugged by your grandmother. I remember when my mom used to make this but for some reason it seemed to take for ages. This lovely aroma would fill the whole house and it made everyone hungry while we were waiting to eat. Ahhh, food memories! Hope you are doing well Eha!

  • Yes, I am definitely adding this to my list – looks wonderful!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      This is a great week day meal and also it freezes well too, so you could make once and eat twice. Love that working mom’s strategy! 🙂

  • Hunter chicken is one of my favourite dinners for home. Luckily we have a chicken farm up the road from us and I can buy what I need, without having to watch the slaughter process.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Good for you Tandy, fresh and delicious and so easy you could make it whilst out on a hunt!

  • I had a friend that always used to make chicken cacciatore when she invented us for dinner. Your version looks so much better . I have some organic chicken tenderloins in the freezer and I love to try your recipe.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Gerlinde, have a super weekend!

  • This sounds so good–and I can use my fresh basil that I’m growing now! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Nancy. Don’t you just love growing your own fresh herbs. It makes so easy to add them in your recipes whenever you want to.

  • It’s nearly midnight over here and you’re making me so so hungry!!! Looks awesome x

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Daisy! Wishing you well and good luck with your new position! 🙂

  • Damn delicious!!!
    i almost licking my monitor screen while scrolling down your chicken cacciatore photographs Bam.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Dedy, I feel the same way when I am reading your recipes. Happy Studying Dedy!

  • This brings back fond memories. My mother used to make this a lot but I haven’t thought of it in years. My mother also grew up on a farm so I saw plenty of chickens snagged for the table at my grandparents’ farm. Yikes! It really isn’t something that I want to think about either. Saran wrapped chicken is fine by me.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there Diane! Rustic chicken cacciatore is certainly a retro dish. I think we all remember this one growing up as a child. I don’t know why it went out of style as it really is a great one-pot 30 minute easy dish. Yep, saran wrapped poultry with an USDA stamp of approval is all good with me.

  • I know I’ve eaten this dish but have never made it. What a great way to enjoy chicken and tomatoes. I’d love to make this with some fresh tomatoes from the garden. Soon…very soon. 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello MJ. Rustic chicken cacciatore would be stunning with fresh tomatoes from the garden. If you are looking for a quick and easy dish this one is sure to please.

  • My mother used to make chicken cacciatore all the time. This looks fabulous and I’m with you about not going to the wet market! Ouch!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I do go to the wet market for fresh veggies, fruits and seafood but when it comes to the hanging meat and still walking and clucking chickens I get a little weak in the knees. Thank goodness in Aberdeen market that is up one floor from the fruits and veggies so I can avoid it all together for the moment at least.

  • hotlyspiced

    Wonderful flavours here and a really good meal that can also be frozen so is handy. I love how this is rustic! I do find rustic dishes very comforting xx

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Charlie, this meal freezes great. Thanks for the reminder as I should add that on to my recipe! I hope that you are enjoying your trip. Take care

  • When I saw that dish I wanted to stick a piece of bread in that sauce. I didn’t grow up with this dish but my best friend did. I tried to wrangle an invitation to dinner every time her mother cooked it. It never looked this good!

    I couldn’t bear the wet market. I’m happy to be labeled a wimp.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you dearest Maureen! My boys bless their hearts were dunking bread in the sauce while it was cooking. I was just glad there was enough sauce to get a few photos. If I could somehow send a big plate of it over to you in Australia still hot I would. You take good care of yourself dear and hoping that you recover soon!

  • We have some strange ESP going on here. I made the exact same thing the other day. I’ve only eaten it once before, and to finish the sauce off a big of dollop of mascarpone was added. I found it just made it a little more unctuous.

    It’s such a brilliant recipe though.

    • Bams Kitchen

      You know what they say, great minds think alike but I will for sure have to try a dollop of mascarpone for my boys next time I make this dish. I hope you are doing well, safe travels to you!

  • That sauce looks absolutely delicious! Looking at your photos, I can almost taste it!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Mary you are so sweet. Thanks for you kind comment.

  • Your cacciatore looks really delicious! The photo with the sauce on the bread makes me want to eat this right now for breakfast. I make one a lot when we would have a lot of peppers and tomatoes from the garden and it’s always a hit.

  • Love chicken cacciatore – definitely one of my favourite Italian dishes! This looks divine, great for a one-pot dinner!

  • Rustic and classic, indeed but healthy and tasty for sure. Love it, Bam!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Julie and Alesah! Sometimes you just need some comfort food and this checks all the boxes.

  • Looks delicious 🙂 And I hear you on not being able to stomach the live poultry! My grocery store just started carrying a new brand of organic chickens, so I bought one whole, and then freaked out when I opened it up and they had left the chicken feet in tact. I had to have my husband cut them off before I would season it!

    Sharing this beautiful creation 🙂

  • This chicken looks absolutely irresistible! I would devour it in moments and scoop the sauce with a slice of bread! Pinned!

  • I remember the 1st time I ever had chicken cacciatore! Ever since I have been dreaming about it!

  • Jim

    Another wonderful recipe!!! Simple to assemble and just loaded with great flavors. It also solved the problem of, what to do with the basil plant that my wife was growing in our kitchen window. Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Jim and a very Happy Fathers’s Day to you!!! Thanks so much for sending on your photo of the dish. I will be sharing that on Facebook shortly. I know exactly what you mean about your basil plant. A few weeks ago I accidentally over-harvested my basil plant making some pesto and I thought that was the end of her (my basil plant). She (my basil plant) was looking sickly and then she started sprouting all over the place and she turned into a huge plant with loads of gorgeous basil leaves. Now, I have plenty of fresh leaves to make a rustic chicken cacciatore. Take Care

  • Chicken cacciatore …. Ahhhh the memories. As an apprentice chef I worked at a Convention Centre where we served up to 2500 people for luncheons, this dish was by far the most popular. I reckon I have made at least a tonne of it in my time. So while I love your rustic version and think it is a delicious feed, I just dont make it these days. BUT…. if you want to prepare it for me, more than happy to munch away on it. Mmmmm!

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  • Dee

    Hi. Possibly a dumb question but for the wine, does 3/4 refer to pint measurement, 3/4 cups or of the bottle?

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Dee, thanks for letting me know that I forgot to add the measurement on the wine and I have updated the recipe accordingly. 3/4 cups is the measurement for the wine in the Rustic Chicken Cacciatore dish and the rest of the bottle is for the cook. Wishing you a super weekend!

      • Dee

        Oh phewee! I measured 3/4 of a pint and after much deliberation went with cup measurements.
        I made if for lunch today and everyone really enjoyed it, even my 5 and 3 year old. My only mistake was I didn’t use quite enough black pepper. Thanks for a great recipe, have a great week-end.

        • Bams Kitchen

          Dear Dee, I am delighted to hear that your family enjoyed the recipe. Wishing you a safe holiday!

          • Dee

            I thought I had replied but not so, sorry. Thanks for the confirmation. It was lovely and everyone loved it.

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