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Chicken Cacciatore

August 26th, 2013 07:30:00 am

Cacciatore means "hunter" in Italian. In cuisine, “alla cacciatora” refers to a meal prepared "hunter-style" with tomatoes, onions, herbs, often bell pepper, and sometimes wine. Cacciatore is popularly made with chicken or rabbit. This particular Chicken Cacciatore is a really flexible recipe… You can adjust the vegetables and the base to your liking. I served mine over Penne pasta, but you can serve it over any type of noodle, rice or just serve it with bread to mop up the sauce delicious sauce.

 

This recipe is modified, no oil, no flour or breading. Believe me, you won’t miss it… Make it your own by adjusting things… you can’t spoil it! Use what you have on hand… add squash, celery, any vegetables that you enjoy.

 

I started with about 3 lbs of chicken and I used skinless thighs, but again, you can use breasts or broiler fryers, any chicken parts you enjoy. I heated up my 13” casserole pan… and since I am using Titanium pans, I do not need to use any oil. I put the chicken directly into the hot pan and started the browning process.

 

Once browned on both sides, I added the onions, green peppers and garlic to brown them slightly as well. I tucked them in under the meat so they had direct contact with the hot pan surface.

Next I added the tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, salt, pepper, allspice, bay leaves, thyme and cayenne pepper. You can use tomato sauce if you like a less thick texture to your sauce. I used a lot of extra cayenne because we prefer our food spicy.

 

I let this all simmer together for 30 minutes, uncovered.

 

Next I heated the water for the pasta. It boils quickly using the small Universal Pot and this pot is just big enough for a 2 person serving of pasta. You can see here that I use a pasta that does not bring your glycemic index up, is sprouted and very digestible. It doesn’t taste the same as “normal” pasta, but it is healthier. We like it.

Here I have plated it over the pasta…. And I grated fresh parmesan over the top and a bit more fresh ground pepper.

Best part of all… when I went to clean up, one pan, one pot, wipe them clean with the green side of the scrubber and some soap. Done. No scrubbing. LOVE this cookware.

 

Ingredients:

  • Broiler Fryer, Thighs, Breasts
  • 1 cup minced onions
  • ¾ cup green peppers
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 ½ cups tomatoes
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce or small can tomato paste. Mine sauce is deep red and thicker because I used paste.
  • ½ cup Red Wine
  • 3 ¾ teaspoon sea salt (or less)
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • Dash cayenne pepper… I use a teaspoon
  • Pasta or Rice, or just French bread
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese to grate over the top

 

Enjoy not only cooking this Chicken Cacciatore, but also the clean up!

 

 

 

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