Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chicken Cacciatore


My mom used to make a simpler version of this dish (without the veggies) often when I was growing up.  This took a little longer but we'd have it from time to tome. Cooking the chicken in the sauce makes it so tender the meat came right off the bone with the slight touch of a fork.  You can change up this dish by adding some crushed red pepper flakes for some kick or throwing in some peas for some added sweetness. 





Chicken Cacciatore

by Michele

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 chicken cut up and cleaned and pat dry
2 red bell peppers, sliced into one inch strips
1 package of mushrooms, sliced
½ cup red wine vinegar or dry white wine
1- 28 ounce can crushed Tomatoes
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cubes Dorat frozen basil or a handful fresh leaves
Italian seasoning, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste
oil, for frying

Directions:

In a wide shallow pan such as a chicken fryer, brown chicken in oil, set aside. Add onion, garlic, peppers and mushrooms and let cook until onion is translucent. Deglaze the pan with vinegar scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon. When reduced add basil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, then and tomatoes, stir. If sauce is too thick, add water to thin in out. Add cheese. Let cook until chicken is tender, about 1 - 1 1/2 hours. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Serve with pasta, potatoes, rice or polenta.


26 comments:

Pam said...

Comforting, hearty and delicious.

girlichef said...

Wow, that looks super comforting and oh, so delicious!! Perfect for a day like today...my tootsies are cold and this would warm 'em right up I'm sure :D

Dionne said...

ooooh, the hubs will LOVE this!

Spryte said...

Mmm... that looks so good!! Do you believe I've never had it??

Danielle said...

I haven't had chicken cacciatore in a really long time. The only recipe I had was Dennis' grandmothers and it didn't appeal to me much. Yours sounds so much better!

Sarah said...

Yum Michele! That sounds delicious. Chicken cacciatore is one of my favorite cold weather dinners.

teresa said...

oooh, i love this dish, the flavors look great!

Patti T. said...

I haven't made chicken cacciatore in a long time, now you made me so hungry for it. Your recipe is a little different than mine, I think I like yours better. You are right, I love the way the chicken gets so tender, mmmmmmmm. Hubby loves this over rice.

angelnina said...

VERY similar to my grandmother's "Working Women's" Chicken Cacciatore. Yours sounds like it might take more time, but I'll bet it tastes better too! --Don't tell my grandmother I said that ;-)

Kathleen said...

This sounds great! Nothing I love better than fall off the bone slow cooked chicken. This is going in next weeks line up!

Nanny'76 said...

Hello, Michele from Italy and I wanted you to read to you my congratulations for your blog, and your delicious recipes ... soon.

Bob said...

Heh, I have a friend whose mother calls breaded chicken with cheese on it cacciatore. She simply refuses to accept that that's not what it is.

Looks awesome though! My mom used to make one like that when I was a kid, too. Good times.

Bridgett said...

A classic that is always pleasing!

Cate said...

My mom used to make Chicken Cacciatore when we were kids - such a fun word to say - Cacciatore!

YankeeSoaper said...

Simple comfort.. I love chicken cacciatore over polenta and yours looks great Michelle!

Jen_from_NJ said...

I haven't had chicken cacciatore in such a long time. It looks delicious. I love when the chicken is so tender that it falls right off of the bone - yum!

Elenka said...

Hi Michele,
Do you cover the pot? and about what temp are you cooking it? Simmer? Thanks!

Mom on the Run said...

I have not made Chicken Cacciatore in such a long time. I really love it especially in the winter.

Back to blogging and catching up on my favorite blogs :)

Michele said...

I'm so glad you all liked this dish!

Elenka - Yes, I do cover the pot and keep it over medium heat so it's simmering nicely but not a rapid boil. Hope that helps!

erik said...

My mom also used to cook this when we were little. It was like almost everyday! I got used to the taste of her Cacciatore.
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Jamie said...

I love chicken cacciatore and have a fabulous version that I just don't make often enough! You've jogged my memory and my taste buds! Delicious!

Lucy said...

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Caribbean Food Recipes said...

It looks similar to stewed chicken my Trinidadian wife makes but Im sure it tastes different.

This is a nice recipe.

Ian
EasyCaribbeanShop.com

Culinary Alchemist said...

This looks so good I almost licked my computer screen.

blog said...

I really love chicken. This is highly recommended! ~ Wall Mirrors

Lleonor said...

Great recipe for dinner. I will this now. ~~Uttermost