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Chicken Cacciatore

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours

Makes

6 servings

This easy chicken cacciatore recipe makes a good Sunday dinner, since it's so simple to prepare. This recipe is the best because it's loaded with lots of vegetables and is a family favorite. —Barbara Roberts, Courtenay, British Columbia

Ingredients

  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry red wine or water
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Hot cooked pasta
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Dust chicken with flour. Season with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown chicken on all sides in oil and butter over medium-high heat. Remove chicken to platter.
  2. In the same skillet, cook and stir the onion, celery, pepper and mushrooms for 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, wine, herbs, garlic and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Return chicken to skillet. Cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until chicken is tender. Serve over pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Can you freeze Chicken Cacciatore?

Cool chicken mixture. Freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through slowly in a covered skillet, , stirring occasionally, until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°.

Chicken Cacciatore Tips

What is chicken cacciatore?

The Italian word “cacciatore” translates to “hunter”. Hunter-style dishes are typically prepared by braising a protein (like chicken) with tomatoes, onions, herbs, vegetables and an acidic ingredient, such as wine or vinegar until tender.

What can I serve with chicken cacciatore?

Chicken cacciatore lends itself well to being served with a variety of side dishes, including polenta, buttered noodles, rice pasta and mashed potatoes. For a healthier option, serve chicken cacciatore with quinoa pilaf or lentils with kale artichoke saute.

How do I store leftover chicken cacciatore?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To freeze for up to 3 months, let the mixture cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container. When ready to use, partially thaw overnight in the fridge; heat slowly in a covered skillet until a thermometer inserted into the chicken reads 165°, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 517 calories, 25g fat (8g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 790mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 6g fiber), 39g protein.