Chicken Cacciatore with Pumpkin Seed Oil

October 19, 2021

Chicken Cacciatore with Pumpkin Seed Oil

Something amazing happens when you pair pumpkin seed oil with tomatoes... In this case the sweetness of the tomatoes released when cooked slowly combines beautifully with the rich buttery, savoury flavours of pumpkin seed oil. The result is a glossy and visually appealing dish that will have you going back for seconds.

This cacciatore is:

  • Protein rich
  • Full of vegetables

You'll need:

  • 6 large chicken thighs (ideally with skin on & bone in but skinless and boneless will still work)
  • 3 TBSP Sunflower oil
  • 2 TBSP pumpkin seed oil
  • 1 medium brown onion diced
  • 4-5 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium red capsicum & 1 medium yellow capsicum cut into chunks
  • 1 large carrot peeled and diced
  • 250g mushrooms sliced
  • small handful of thyme plus a little extra to garnish
  • small handful of fresh parsley chopped
  • small handful of fresh basil chopped
  • 1 TBSP dried oregano
  • 2 TBSP tomato paste
  • 200ml dry red wine
  • 1x tin of whole tomatoes
  • 1x tin of crushed tomatoes
  • 0.5 - 1 tsp chilli flakes (depending on your spice preference)
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of green or black pitted olives


  1. Season both sides of the chicken with a liberal amount of salt and pepper
  2. Heat half the sunflower oil over medium heat in a large high sided pan/skillet
  3. Cook chicken on both sides until golden. Set aside on plate
  4. Add other half of sunflower oil to the pan lowering heat to low-medium. Sauté onion for 4-5 mins until translucent then add garlic and cook for a further minute
  5. Add mushrooms, carrots, capsicum and herbs to the pan and cook until beginning to soften.
  6. Add the wine and cook down for 2-3 mins whilst scraping any bits caught to the bottom of the pan
  7. Add the 2 tins of tomatoes, chilli flakes, tomato paste, pumpkin seed oil & chicken back to the pan. Bring to a mild bubbling simmer
  8. Cover and continue cooking on low for 45mins-1hr or until the chicken is very tender and falls apart easily (if cooking boneless this will be closer to 45mins)
  9. Add olives and keep simmering for another 10mins.
  10. Serve garnished with thyme 

This is perfect served with creamy polenta, mashed potatoes and a glass of red!

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