Drumstick Cacciatore

Speed up the hours of simmering time of a cacciatore recipe using author Mark Bittman's technique of quick-searing then braising chicken drumsticks in a flavorful tomato sauce.

drumstick cacciatore
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 pounds)

  • Salt and black pepper

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon dried sage, oregano, or thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste

  • 1 pound small whole button mushrooms

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic


  1. In a large skillet heat oil over medium. Add chicken. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Adjust heat so chicken sizzles but doesn't burn. Cook 5 to 8 minutes, undisturbed, until browned and releases easily from pan.

  2. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a medium bowl combine tomato paste and vinegar. Add 1 1/2 cups water, the sage, and crushed red pepper. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Whisk until sauce is smooth.

  3. Turn chicken. Cook 5 minutes more or until browned and releases easily from pan. Scatter mushrooms and garlic into skillet. Pour sauce over mixture. Shake pan once or twice to combine. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes, uncovered, or until chicken just separates from the bone (175°F), carefully shaking pan a couple of times. Season to taste. Serves 4.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

238 Calories
14g Fat
10g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 238
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 568mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 6.3mg 32%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 679mg 14%
Folate, total 19.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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