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Refreshed Chicken Cacciatore

This updated version of “hunter’s chicken” is made with a lighter hand and bolder flavors. Serve over hot cooked farro or Israeli couscous.

Servings 4
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, crushed
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 6 to 8 (20 ounces) Just Bare Hand-Trimmed Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 4 thick slices uncured bacon or pancetta, sliced crosswise into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup small cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 (14-1/2-ounce) cans diced Italian-seasoned tomatoes, drained
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
  • 1 cup large green pimiento-stuffed olives
  • Grated Romano or Asiago cheese and lemon wedges, if desired

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 540 Calories from Fat 53
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 34g
Calcium 13%Iron 17%
Vitamin C 49%Vitamin A 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:


  1. Mix flour, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Flatten chicken pieces; dredge in seasoned flour.

  2. Cook bacon in a large deep skillet until crisp; remove bacon, reserving fat in pan. Set bacon pieces aside.

  3. Add 1 tablespoon oil to bacon fat in pan. Sauté chicken until well browned; remove to a plate.

  4. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Sauté onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, and garlic about 5 minutes or until softened. Add tomatoes, broth, and wine. Return chicken to pan; simmer 15 minutes longer of until no longer pink in center. Cook to internal temp of 165°F. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes and olives.

  5. Serve chicken and sauce sprinkled with reserved bacon, cheese, and a squeeze of lemon.