Cacciatore means "hunter" in Italian. In cuisine, alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared "hunter-style" with mushrooms, tomatoes and wine, and is usually made with braised chicken or rabbit.
The addition of a tub of our original cold smoked tomatoes just before serving elevates this classic to another dimension!
2 rashers streaky bacon, roughly chopped
6 small chicken Marylands (we used Mount Barker free range – RSPCA approved)
1-2 Tb olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 large stick celery, sliced
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
250g button mushrooms, washed and stalks trimmed
¼ cup tomato paste
1 Tb fresh oregano, finely chopped
(or 1 tsp dried oregano)
1 cup red wine
3 cups chicken stock
150g tub Bee Lane cold smoked tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped*
(*save the flavoured oil for another use)
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
- Heat a large, heavy-based pan over medium heat and cook the chopped bacon until lightly browned and the fat has rendered out. Remove cooked bacon from pan and set aside.
- Brown the chicken Marylands on both sides in the rendered bacon fat. When golden brown on each side, remove from pan and set aside with bacon.
- Add 1-2 Tb olive oil to the pan and add chopped onion, celery, carrot, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently until softened and starting to caramelise.
- Add the trimmed button mushrooms and tomato paste, and cook stirring frequently for a couple of minutes.
- Add the chopped oregano, red wine and chicken stock to the pan along with the bacon and chicken pieces. Gently stir all together, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
- Season to taste.
- When ready to serve, stir the chopped cold smoked tomatoes through the finished dish and serve with noodles, rice or mashed potatoes. Garnish with oregano leaves if desired.
- For the purposes of our photographs, we often leave the tomato pieces whole so you can see how beautiful they are. For a dish such as this, we recommend chopping them into smaller pieces which will release more smokiness and distribute the delicious smoked tomato flavour through the cooked dish evenly.
- Replace the Marylands with chicken portions (skin on)
- You can make the Chicken Cacciatore ahead of time up to the final stage, and store in the refrigerator or freeze. When ready to serve, gently reheat and stir through the chopped cold smoked tomatoes.