Chicken Cacciatore & Family Sunday Dinner


“Family life is a bit like a runny peach pie — not perfect but who’s complaining?”

~ Robert Brault ~

Chicken Cacciatore

Good morning, dear friends!

Lately I have been feeling bit melancholy …. especially when it comes to Sundays ….

I grew up in Eastern Europe with very close knit family …. every Sunday we gathered at grandma’s house for big Sunday lunch & family afternoon.

My husband is Canadian Italian so he grew up with even bigger family that used to gather at his Nona’s house not only on Sunday.

As I am getting older & my boys are growing up I am feeling certain sadness that they will probably never know or experience Sunday tradition of large family gathering at grandma’s house.

My parents are away most of the year & we lost my mother-in-law to cancer before my children were born.

My husband’s large Italian family grew apart after Nona died & my family is in Europe.

Yes, it makes me sad ….. family is everything to me …. , but living in the past is not a good thing so I decided to bring some Sunday family togetherness to our home.

Over last  few years my best friend’s family became our family so I started Sunday Night Family Dinner & we try to get together whenever we can.

It’s not as I remember, but it sure feels nice to share a meal & time with people we love.

My husband can’t be here most of the Sundays (another reason for my melancholy) , but when he is I try to make favorite dishes from his childhood.

One of his favorite is CHICKEN CACCIATORE & since I don’t have Nona’s recipe I came up with my own version of CHICKEN CACCIATORE that he loves.

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore



  • 4 Chicken Breast (skin on & bone in)
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • Flour
  • Oil
  • Onion
  • 2 cups Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 4 Cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Red Wine
  • 3 cups Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Stock
  • 2 cups Red & Orange Bell Peppers (sliced)
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 tsp Basil

STEP 1: In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano and paprika.

STEP 2: Rub the chicken breast with the seasoning mix and drenched in flour completely.

STEP 3: Heat the oil on medium-high in a deep Texas skillet or Dutch oven. When the oil is hot add the chicken breast and brown in on both sides for 3 minutes per side. Put the chicken aside.

STEP 4: Add chopped onion to the skillet and sweat it for 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper and saute for another 3 minutes.

STEP 5: Stir in wine, crushed tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring it to boil. Add bell peppers, basil and bay leaf.

STEP 6: Turn the heat down to medium. Put back the chicken. Cover and let it simmer for about an hour.


Chicken Cacciatore


So next Sunday ….. gather your family no matter how small & invite them for Sunday Family Dinner ….


…. just make big pot of CHICKEN CACCIATORE …. open good bottle of Chianti …. bring out loaf of fresh bread and …… MANGIA! MANGIA!


Chi mangia solo crepa solo.
He who eats alone dies alone.


Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore



Don’t forget …. Keep Smiling …. Keep Cooking!








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43 Responses to “Chicken Cacciatore & Family Sunday Dinner”

  1. Your recipe for cacciatore is fairly similar to mine. Actually, I should say to my mother’s since I took mine from her :)

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  2. That chicken cacciatore looks absolutely delicious! Since we have a special day coming up in February, I might just try and make this.
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  3. Sofia says:

    I’ve never had Chicken Cacciatore but I’ve aways wanted to!! And yours looks very good :)
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  4. Leona Martin says:

    I think it is great that you have tried to keep this going on. Have you thought maybe moving it to another day…I know Sunday is special, but there are more days in a week. I would love to do this too, but we have a very small family on my side and my husband’s side we don’t have a great relationship…so many things. BUT maybe starting it w/ your family will be find.
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  5. I LOVE chicken cacciatore but have never been able to make it just right. I’m going to try this recipe and see how it does. Thanks!
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  6. I love the idea of having dinner together! I hope that you can work it out to have your husband join you in more of them!
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  7. Mandi says:

    Yum! My mom used to make chicken cacciatore all the time for dinner and it was amazing! I’ve tried to duplicate it and it’s not even close.
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  8. Jenn says:

    I have never had or made chicken cacciatore. This sounds like an amazing meal! Thank you for the recipe!
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  9. Kungphoo says:

    We have the sunday tradition of eating with my wifes family.. My mother in law would have us over and since she passed we have kept it going as best as we can.

    • FoodieBibi says:

      After my MIL passed the entire family just kinda went their separate ways, so sad :) Hope your family will keep it going :)

  10. April says:

    Those looks absolutely scrumptious. I would definitely pin this on my Recipes To Try Board. Thanks for the recipe!
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  11. Liisi Carr says:

    This looks so yummy! I love anything with chicken! Thanks for posting the recipe.
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  12. This looks delicious! Im going to try it tomorrow night.
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  13. Kisa says:

    I’ve never actually tried this before. I’ve heard of it once or twice, but never tried it. I could do without the peppers, and tomato chunks maybe? I do love chicken, and mushrooms though! :D
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  14. Steve says:

    Looks like another thing to add to the list of things to try.

    Those pictures are making me hungry.
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  15. Tami says:

    This sounds and looks incredible. Thanks for the recipe.
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  16. Yummy pics and food! I pinned this and will try it out when I have the ingredients. Thank you for sharing!
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  17. Lexie Lane says:

    Mmmm… I love chicken cacciatore. Thanks for the steps and the recipe!

  18. Kathy says:

    Yum. Pinning this. Its totally something I can eat on my paleo diet too. Yay
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  19. GossipMoms says:

    I never heard of chiken cacciatore but it dam shore looks good, looks like i would have to print this one out and try it
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  20. I have the same problem! When we were kids we’d walk down to the bakery to get fresh bulkies. While my mother was making the gravy, we’d dip the bulkies in and eat them. After the meatballs and pasta were ready, she’d pour the gravy over everything and we would dip our bulkies into the leftovers in the pan. We always had a huge Sunday dinner with lots of company! Miss those days!
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  21. Can you believe that my mother is 1/2 Italian and I’ve never had it? I’ve always wondered what it was, and probably need to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Nona reminds me of the children’s books…you know the ones?
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  22. Looks scrumptious!! Can’t wait to try this recipe..
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!!!!

  23. Tiki says:

    Looks good. Hope you don’t mind that I pinned it to give it a try.

  24. This looks really yummy! And I love the outcome :-) I need to try this soon. Thanks for the very clear instruction :-)

  25. Nita says:

    Looks delicious! I can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.
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  26. Kim says:

    I like chicken cacciatori, but I like the story behind your post even better. I think it is wonderful that you are reviving the Sunday family dinner with who you can, even if most of the family is far away. The important things in life- the memories you are making, that is the biggest thing.
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  27. Liz Mays says:

    I just can’t believe I’ve never tried this before. It sounds impossibly delicious!
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  28. G.s. Marjara says:

    Unlike you many of us at least our age have already started missing sunday tradition of large family gathering at home. With one child family you hardly get chance to make a gatherings and whatever good you cook there are not many to praise and enjoy unlike old days. But I agree with you, what ever keep cooking.

  29. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’m definitely trying this one out. :)
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  30. Lisa Trudell says:

    It’s so great to hear that you have this Sunday Family Dinner tradition. You have made another family a part of yours and kept a tradition going. This was the best part of this post. The dish looks really good too!
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  31. Cara says:

    This looks amazing! I love Chicken Cacciatore! I definitely will have to make some of this soon! Thanks for sharing!
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  32. I have been wanting to try a Chicken Cacciatore recipe FOREVER! Thanks for posting! I will definitely have to try it soon :)
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  33. Looks real good. Think I will make it this weekend.

  34. Elisebet F says:

    I love the idea of everyone (family and friends) eating together for a weekly family dinner! This looks amazing. My son can’t have tomatoes yet, though, so I’m not sure how soon I can make this, but I really want to.
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