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Chicken cacciatora
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 (/ˌkɑːəˈtɔːri/, /ˌkæ-/,[1] Italian: [kattʃaˈtoːre]; lit.'hunter') refers to a meal prepared with onions, herbs, usually tomatoes, often bell peppers, and sometimes wine. It is typical of the Italian cuisine.

Cacciatore is popularly made with braised chicken[2] (pollo alla cacciatora) or rabbit[3] (coniglio alla cacciatora), abbacchio (abbacchio alla cacciatora), an Italian preparation of lamb,[4][5] capon[6] (cappone alla cacciatora) or potatoes[7] (patate alla cacciatora).

The salamini italiani alla cacciatora [it] are small salami seasoned with only garlic and pepper.[8]


Chicken cacciatora[edit]

Chicken cacciatora typically, but not always, includes base ingredients of onion, garlic, and tomato.[9]

Rabbit cacciatora[edit]

Rabbit cacciatora

Rabbit cacciatora involves the use, in the recipe, of olives, onions, garlic, sage, rosemary, vegetable broth, white wine, olive oil and black pepper.[10]

Salami cacciatora[edit]

Lamb salami cacciatora

Salami cacciatora is a small size salami typical of all Italy. Ingredients vary from region to region.

Abbacchio cacciatora[edit]

The pieces of abbacchio should be browned in lard and then cooked for about 45 minutes with garlic, sage and rosemary, and doused with salted anchovy paste crushed and cooked in the meat sauce.[11] This recipe, typical of Roman cuisine, is prepared throughout Italy.[12] It is consumed throughout central Italy as an Easter and Christmas dish.[4][5][13] Besides Easter, this recipe is prepared all year round, especially for Sunday lunch.[12]

Capon cacciatora[edit]

The recipe for capon cacciatora involves the use of onion, carrot, celery, rosemary and parsley, red wine and crushed peeled tomatoes as ingredients.[6]

Potatoes cacciatora[edit]

Potatoes cacciatora are prepared using grilled onion, cherry tomatoes, tomato pulp, olive oil, sunflower oil, basil, salt, garlic, rosemary, sage, black pepper, chili pepper, bay leaf and white pepper.[7]


The many different variations of this dish 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.[9]

See also[edit]


  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.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Abbacchio Romano IGP". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  5. ^ a b "abbàcchio". Vocabolario – Treccani. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Cappone alla Cacciatora" (in Italian). 23 September 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2024.
  7. ^ a b "Patate alla Cacciatora" (in Italian). Retrieved 9 January 2024.
  8. ^ Sausage. Penguin. 2012. p. 60. ISBN 978-1465400925.
  9. ^ a b Schroeder, Lisa (2009). Mother's Best: Comfort Food That Takes You Home Again. Taunton Press. pp. 119–121. ISBN 978-1600850172.
  10. ^ "Coniglio alla cacciatora" (in Italian). Retrieved 9 January 2024.
  11. ^ Vv.Aa. (10 December 2010). 1000 ricette della cucina italiana: Il più grande libro illustrato dedicato alla tavola del nostro paese. Rizzoli. ISBN 978-8858609668.
  12. ^ a b "Agnello alla cacciatora" (in Italian). Retrieved 9 January 2024.
  13. ^ "Abbacchio". La Cucina Italiana. 19 July 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2022.