Chicken Drumstick Cacciatore

Looking across a large white baking dish with blue trim filled with cooked chicken drumsticks simmered in diced tomatoes with black olives.

A classic Italian dish, chicken drumstick cacciatore is a warm and savory dish filled with bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and onions. Though we used red bell pepper, you can use any color you prefer. We’ve added olives to the dish for additional flavor, but also try capers or sliced mushrooms.

This dish is made a little differently depending on what region of Italy you are in. We prefer to use white wine, instead of red, since it gives the meal a milder flavor that enhances the chicken. Make sure you use a nice wine, something that you would like to drink, as the flavor will intensify with cooking.

Browning the chicken drumsticks before cooking them in the sauce helps to speed up the cooking process. Even though we’ve used drumsticks in this recipe, feel free to use other cuts of chicken, like thighs. If you choose not to brown the chicken before cooking, add a few more minutes to the total baking time to ensure they are cooked through.

Chicken Drumstick Cacciatore Recipe

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Looking across a large white baking dish with blue trim filled with cooked chicken drumsticks simmered in diced tomatoes with black olives.
A classic Italian dish, chicken drumstick cacciatore is a warm and savory dish filled with bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and onions.
Preparation 20 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseDinner
InfluenceItaly
DifficultyChallenging
MethodBraise

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion sliced
  • 1 can (6 oz) black olives drained
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

Equipment

  • 9- by 13-inch (21- by 35cm) baking dish

Directions

  • Preheat the oven or grill to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 10 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • Remove the chicken from the skillet to a 9 x 13-inch (21- x 35cm) baking dish.
  • Scatter the bell peppers, onions, olives, and garlic around the chicken.
  • In a large bowl, combine the wine, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, and Italian seasoning. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the chicken.
  • Bake until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), about 35 minutes.  

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 978mgCalcium: 140mgVitamin C: 61mgVitamin A: 1539IUSugar: 10gFiber: 6gPotassium: 1034mgCholesterol: 139mgCalories: 490kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 6gFat: 28gProtein: 31gCarbohydrates: 21gIron: 4mg

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