Umbrian Chicken alla Cacciatore

I will never forget the first time I met Letizia, (author of the new cookbook “A Kitchen with a View“.)

We came to her cooking school, in the beautiful hills above Assisi, (a town in Umbria which is a region of Italy.) She met us in the driveway, perfect strangers- and welcomed us with open arms- sharing  her kitchen, her home, her food, her traditions and most of all her friendship.

We spent a glorious day in her kitchen and in the sunshine on the terrace and left feeling like we had made a friend for life. I was very smitten with her and the whole experience, telling myself in my heart of hearts that I would return and learn more from Letizia’s kitchen.

As the years went by, we kept in touch from afar and while we were living in Italy we were able to get together several times. Both at her B&B in the hills above Assisi- our family staying with her and cooking with her again, and earlier this year when she was so generous to come to Milan and do several cooking classes for my friends and I.

She is the most generous, passionate, wonderful teacher I have encountered. When she told me last year that she was writing a cookbook, my immediate thought was lucky us! I knew it would be a treasure- and one I would want to share with everyone I knew.

It definitely is a treasure- whether you have been lucky enough to cook in her kitchen or not- you will love this book. I adore the treasured recipes, tips, + tricks that Letizia shares, opening her heart and kitchen and wanting nothing more than to share her beloved Italy with you.

I love how she has the book laid out season by season, and the photos throughout the book will give you a glimpse of the gorgeous rural Umbrian life that is literally right outside of Letizia’s door.

After reading “A Kitchen with a View”, you will have the inside scoop on how to make pasta & crostata like a pro, how to use the best seasonal ingredients to prepare deliciously simple meals, and I promise you’ll want to escape to the hills of Umbria and sip wine from Letizia’s terrace.

She has graciously offered a copy of her new cookbook, “A Kitchen with a View {Seasonal recipes from Alla Madonna del Piatto Cooking School in Umbria, Italy}” for 1 reader to win!

But first, I wanted to share a recipe that has quickly become a favorite at our house. My kids love this and ask for it weekly: Letizia’s Umbrian Chicken Cacciatore!

Letizia’s Umbrian Style Chicken alla Cacciatora
Recipe Type: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Letizia Mattiacci (Adapted slightly by Heather)
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Serves: Serves 4
Letizia’s Chicken Cacciatore is an excellent example of how simple and delicious Umbrian cuisine can be. Easy enough for a weeknight dinner, special enough for a weekend dinner party. Very minimally adapted from the original recipe. Letizia uses a whole cut up bird, I like to use bone-in chicken thighs.
  • 2 lb bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T. capers
  • 4 T. good quality olives, with pits
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 handful fresh sage leaves
  • 1 c. dry white wine
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 T. balsamic vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt + Black pepper
  1. Heat 1 T. olive oil in a large non-stick pan, and sear the chicken pieces until golden brown on all sides. Transfer chicken to a plate and wipe the pan clean before proceeding.
  2. Turn the heat to low, add 1 t. of oil, return the chicken to the pan, add the onions and cook until caramelized.
  3. Add the minced garlic, capers, olives, rosemary and sage leaves. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  4. After a few minutes, when everything smells fragrant, add one cup of wine, cover and simmer slowly until the chicken is tender and cooked through. Add some water if the pan gets too dry while simmering.
  5. At this point the dish can be taken off the heat, cooled and saved for later in the day- just reheat and finish off as instructed below.
  6. When ready to serve, reheat if necessary, then add the lemon juice and zest and balsamic vinegar. Taste and add more lemon, salt and pepper as desired.
  7. Notes from Letizia: This recipe works very well with pheasant or guinea fowl. It’s lovely served with a side of steamed greens dressed with a fruity olive oil and splash of lemon juice and a side of homemade potato puree or polenta. Italians would never serve it on pasta or rice.

Every recipe I have tried from the book has been well loved by our family, I hope you love them too!

Letizia is offering you a chance to win a copy of her gorgeous cookbook.

Please enter via the Rafflecopter box below so all your entries are counted!

There are 3 ways to earn entries below via Rafflecopter: 


#1 Leave a comment on this blog post and tell us what Italian recipe you would love to learn to make.

#2 Sign up for A Merry Feast Email updates.

#3 Go to Letizia’s “A Kitchen with a View” Facebook page, and like it!

This giveaway is open to readers worldwide. A random winner will by chosen by rafflecopter on November 20th, 2015.


If you’d like to buy this book, you can purchase it here.

Good luck and Grazie Letizia!

I will notify the winner by email and update this blog post on November 20th with the winning name.


P.S. If you know someone who loves Italian food, I’d love it if you shared this post with them. Thank you!

UPDATE: November 20, 2015. This contest is now complete. Mary Ann C. is our winner- Congratulations Mary Ann and thank you to everyone who entered! – Heather

P.S. Come learn more gourmet secrets in Umbria with Letizia and I! More details here. 

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Recipe reprinted with Permission from the Author, Letizia Mattiacci A Kitchen with a View, copyright 2015

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