Curious about Pollo alla Cacciatora? It’s a tasty main course rich in flavor, typical of Italy and originating from the peasant tradition: in Italy we usually eat this during Sunday lunch with family and friends, usually served with baked potatoes and polenta.
Chicken cacciatore is called “hunter style” because it is traditionally made with ingredients that a hunter might have on hand after a day of hunting in the Italian countryside. And as you probably guessed “cacciatore” means exactly hunter in Italian.
As a side note this recipe actually follows the tuscan version of the dish, in which olives are not included and wine must be chosen wisely (perhaps a Montepulciano or a Chianti).
Like all traditional country dishes, the recipe varies not only from region to region, from family to family, but also according to the season in which it is prepared. Thus, if cooked in the summer you can add peppers thus preparing a perfect Hunter style chicken with Peppers or, during the autumn, black olives thus obtaining a tasty Hunter style chicken with Olives.