November 3, 2008

Chicken Cacciatore - My Way

When I was planning my trip to the grocery store on Sunday, I mentioned to My Husband that I was thinking I'd roast a chicken that afternoon. He mentioned how I haven't made chicken cacciatore in quite awhile and that sounded good, so my plans changed slightly. So, while I was out shopping I purchased the ingredients I thought would make a good combination for this hunter's stew.

Now, I've used a recipe in the past when making chicken cacciatore. This time, I really wanted to make it as a braised dish and come up with my own recipe. I pulled a couple of recipes from the internet to use as a guideline for cooking times. I think what I came up with turned out really well, especially since My Husband gave me rave reviews! Both of My Boys were happy with their drumsticks, which I pulled out to cool so they could eat them with their hands.

Since I had such success with this creation, I am submitting it to Culinarty's monthly Original Recipe Round-up. You will want to head over to Culinarty's blog to check out the round-up each month after the 15th. I love the idea of this blogging event, because it encourages everyone to take a chance to get creative and share those recipes that they have come up with on their own.
If you enjoy a nice slow-cooked meal, whether it be a braise or something in the crockpot these recipes might just make your Sunday even more relaxed.
Katie at Good Things Catered made a Chicken Braised in White Wine that sounds heavenly.
Prudy at Prudence Pennywise keeps sharing slow cooker recipes that might make me want to pull mine out of solitary confinement (due to all things coming out tasting the same and looking all beige). Her Slow Cooked Spicy Chicken for Tacos looks great, and as a bonus she makes her leftovers into quesadillas later in the week!
Lia at Swirling Notions shares some tips on braising and a fantastic recipe for Balsamic Braised Chicken.
chicken cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore
Source: Patsyk

2 1/2 to 3 pound chicken cut into pieces (or you can purchase one already cut-up)
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 red bell pepper cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 green bell pepper cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 medium onion cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
3/4 cup dry white wine
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
8 ounces button mushrooms, quartered (baby bella mushrooms could also be used)

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven. Add garlic through onion and saute until softened, about 5 minutes.

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time and allow to brown on each side - about 4 minutes per side. Remove, and repeat with remaining pieces. Once all chicken has been browned, place all pieces back in the pot.

Add the chicken broth through mushrooms, give everything a stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Allow to cook over low heat for 40 minutes (or until the chicken is fully cooked). Uncover, and remove the chicken to a serving bowl. Bring the sauce to a boil, and allow to cook for another 10 minutes.

If you like, cut the chicken off of the bone, then place in the serving bowl. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Serve with spaghetti or angel hair pasta.

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JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This is a perfect fall dinner in my book and even though it is 1:30 at night and almost time for bed, my tummy is growling!

Jenny said...

Looks great Patsy! I am sitting here at 11pm and so wishing I had a nice plate of your dinner!

Lore said...

I'm guilty of craving chicken cacciatore for breakfast now :). Isn't it great when an experiment turns out so scrumptious? Thank you so much for sharing it with the Original Recipes Round-Up!

Aggie said...

Love this, total comfort food! Looks and sounds delicious!

Megan said...

Perfect poultry! And a great event too. I could see this on my table for some sunday.

Deborah said...

I haven't had chicken cacciatore for a long time - and your version sounds delicious!

Camilla said...

YUM! I haven;t had chicken cacciatore in ages--I am definitely going to try!

Mary said...

Patsy, this looks so good! This use to be a regular in my meal rotation. I have to give your recipe a try.

Maris said...

YUM! I think I would really like chicken cacciatore your way! I must try this...always looking for new ways to make chicken.

And thanks for all the links about braising. I've actually NEVER done it but have been dying to.

Veronica said...

Chicken cacciatore is such a comfort food for me...your recipe sounds delicious.

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