Chicken Cacciatore

“This dish is chicken cacciatore in Italian, or they call it ‘hunter chicken’ in French. It wasn’t a dish that I grew up eating. It was a dish that my sous chef, when I was working at Blue Water, would made for staff meals. He still took time to make it, and it meant a lot more (to me) because he was my superior and I looked up to him.”

– Clement Chan

Servings: 4

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  • 1 tablespoons toasted coriander and cumin
  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 500 ml water
  • ½ cup ice

Cacciatore Sauce

  • 4 Yarrow Meadow bone in, skin on chicken thighs
  • Olive oil (for cooking)
  • Half white onion medium dice
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, ½ red pepper, ½ green pepper,  medium diced
  • 1 small bunch of baby carrot (approximately 12 pcs )
  • 3 king oyster mushrooms quartered
  • ¼ cup pitted and sliced Kalamata olives
  • ½ bunch cilantro, ½ green onions coarsely chopped
  • 1 handful fresh, hand torn basil
  • ½ tablespoons chilli flakes
  • 100 ml sake
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 vine ripe tomatoes medium dice
  • 1 tablespoons toasted coriander/cumin
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup dashi (or use hodashi)
  • 1 handful bonito flakes
  • 1 lemon microplate zested
  • 3 tablespoons coursely chopped yuzu peel
  • ½ lb unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup sun gold or cherry tomatoes halved
  • ¼ cup tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
  • Toasted bread crumbs (optional)


  1. In a small pan toast coriander and cumin until fragrant.
  2. Add water, salt, sugar and bay leaf, and bring up to a simmer.
  3. Strain brine into a bowl or container, then add ice. Stir.
  4. Place chicken thighs in brine and leave in the fridge for 2 hours. (discard brine after chicken is removed)


Cacciatore Sauce

  1. Wash chicken thighs and pat dry.
  2. Toast coriander and cumin in pan, remove and set aside.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a medium hot pan and sear chicken thighs until golden brown, then remove and set aside.
  4. Sweat onions and garlic in the same pan until translucent.
  5. Deglaze pan with sake, add coriander, cumin and canned and vine ripe tomatoes, and tomato paste. Stir.
  6. Add tamari, chicken stock and dashi to pan and bring up to a simmer.
  7. Place seared chicken thighs in the pan and cover with tomato sauce. Cover with a lid and slowly bring up to a simmer.
  8. In a separate small pan, season pan roast the carrot then place aside. Do the same with all the coloured peppers, then mushrooms (place all aside).

For Stove Top

  1. Cover with lid, simmer on low heat (stir occasionally while adding to pan 2-3 cubes of butter every time) for 30-40 minutes, or until the meat is falling off the bone.
  2. Add carrots, peppers, mushrooms, and chili flakes in the pan. Allow to simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Stir in yuzu, lemon peel, basil, cilantro, green onion, and sun gold tomatoes. Garnish with bonito and breadcrumbs (optional).
  4. Ready to serve.

For the Oven

  1. Transfer covered pan to oven, preheated to 375°F, and cook for 50 minutes (stir every 10-15 min. adding butter to pan, 2-3 cubes of butter every time).
  2. Remove lid and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, adding carrots, peppers, mushrooms, chili flakes to pan.
  3. Make sure the chicken is tender and falling off the bone, then stir in yuzu, lemon peel, basil, cilantro, green onion, and sun gold tomatoes.
  4. Garnish with bonito and breadcrumbs (optional).
  5. Ready to serve.

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