roman chicken cacciatore

Roman Chicken Cacciatore

  • Author: Nicole Gaffney (
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: chicken
  • Method: braised
  • Cuisine: Italian


Roman Chicken Cacciatore is an easy, inexpensive and incredibly delicious weeknight dinner. Bone-in chicken thighs slowly braised in a flavorful sauce made from white wine, vinegar, garlic and rosemary. This is nothing like the American-style, tomato-based chicken cacciatore you’re probably familiar with. It’s soo much better! 



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 3 lbs)
  • salt and pepper
  • 68 oil-packed anchovies
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed*
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary*
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven or wide, heavy-bottomed pot or pan with high sides over medium-high heat.
  2. Season chicken thighs all over with salt and pepper, then place 4 of them in the pan skin-side-down and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side, about 5 minutes more, then transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken thighs.
  3. Lower the heat, then add the anchovies to the pan and stir until they start to break down and dissolve in the fat. Add the garlic and rosemary and sauté for about a minute.
  4. Deglaze the pan with vinegar, white wine and water, then nestle the chicken pieces back into the pan. Bring the sauce up to a boil, then reduce the heat to keep it at a low simmer. Spoon some of the sauce over each chicken thigh, then cover and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked and tender. 
  5. Remove the lid and allow the sauce to reduce and thicken for about 10 minutes more. 
  6. Remove the rosemary sprigs and garlic cloves if desired, then serve. 


*For a more pronounced garlic and rosemary flavor, you can finely chop them both rather than leaving them whole, which results in a more subtle flavor. 

Keywords: vinegar, garlic, rosemary, chicken thighs, Italian