Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian, and it is hunters who first ate this dish. In fact, it is thought that the first Chicken Cacciatore was not made with chicken at all, but with rabbit sometime during the Renaissance period, so between the 14th and 16th centuries.
Chicken Cacciatore’s simple but delicious recipe was likely developed to satisfy the appetites of hunters who may have been on the track of a larger animal or herd of animals for several days, and who needed a tasty, filling stew that could easily be cooked outdoors to keep them going. The spices used, such as parsley, rosemary or oregano, would have also been available to humble hunters.
An interesting fact is that apparently Chicken Cacciatore did not originally contain tomatoes or tomato sauce, as tomatoes were brought to Italy from the New World.
In Italy we have a different version in every region.
For our B-YOU healthy & balanced version, we used lean chicken breast, potatoes, red peppers, fresh rosemary and black olives. We made it low in fat, high in lean protein and low in carbs.
Available in our menu!