Chicken Cacciatore
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Roast Chicken Cacciatore with Red Wine Butter

A very tasty way to prepare chicken.  You will need to refrigerate the chicken overnight, but it is relatively easy to finish up in the oven for a dish that guests will surely ask for seconds. 
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time15 hrs
Course: Fowl
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Food and Wine (2014)


  • 1 3 1/2-pound chicken
  • Kosher salt
  • 5 thyme sprigs
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter softened
  • 4 basil sprigs plus leaves for garnish
  • 4 oregano sprigs
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 small fennel bulb cut into 3/4-inch wedges through the core
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup pearl onions
  • 8 jarred sweet Peppadew peppers halved
  • 6 baby bell peppers halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup Castelvetrano olives pitted and chopped


  • Season the chicken with 2 teaspoons of salt and stuff the thyme sprigs in the cavity. Transfer the chicken to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and poke holes in the top; refrigerate overnight.
  • In a saucepan, boil the wine over moderately high heat until reduced to 2 tablespoons, 7 minutes. Off the heat, whisk in the tomato paste, butter and 1 teaspoon of salt. Let cool slightly.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°. Loosen the breast and thigh skin of the chicken and spread three-fourths of the red wine butter under the skin. Stuff the basil sprigs, oregano sprigs and garlic into the cavity and tie the legs with string. Rub the remaining butter over the chicken and let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large, deep ovenproof skillet, toss the fennel, tomatoes, onions, both peppers and olive oil; season with salt. Set the chicken in the center of the vegetables. Pour in the stock. Roast for 1 hour and 10 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the inner thigh registers 155°. Transfer to a carving board and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Simmer the broth over moderately high heat until slightly reduced, 3 minutes. Stir in the olives and transfer to a platter. Carve the chicken and arrange on the platter. Garnish with basil leaves and serve.