Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Chicken Cacciatore

The Kitchen Witch first made this dish as a teenager. I've since had many, many, many years to perfect it. I've taken it from a long slow cooked (over cooked in retrospect) dish to a quick and easy 30 minute meal. Hows that for progress?

Cacciatore means "hunters stew" in Italian, so basically it was made with whatever they had around, traditionally chicken, tomatoes, onions, peppers and mushrooms. I was out of mushrooms (and not much of a fan of them anyway) so they were omitted this time around.

Serve this with pasta, rice or quinoa along with a salad and dinner's served!! Even my picky nephew Ben feasts on this dish, as a matter of fact is one of his favorite Aunt Kitchen Witch dishes :) I hope your family enjoys it as much as ours does.

PS the photos on this one aren't as good as I'd like. But I was hungry and honestly, photo quality was not real high on my list of priorities, sorry about that :)

Chicken Cacciatore
makes 6 servings
2 chicken breasts
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 onion sliced thin
4 cloves garlic
1 red bell pepper julienne strips
1 t dried oregano
2 bay leaves
1/4 c white wine
1 t EVOO

Prep work first, of course!
~slice chicken thin against grain, 1/8 in thick
~slice onions thin
~slice red bell pepper into julienne strips, then into 2 in lengths
~mince garlic or use garlic press to smash to smithereens

Heat a large skillet and the EVOO over medium high heat (DO NOT USE CAST IRON HERE, the acid in the tomatoes will cause a reaction and make your food have a funky metallic flavor, not good). Cook chicken until it just starts to brown, add the onions. Cook until onions and chicken are browned and you've got a good build up of brown stuff (fond) on the bottom of the pan. Add garlic, cook 1 min longer then deglaze with the white wine, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

Add the tomatoes with juices and herbs, S&P. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve with cooked pasta, rice or quinoa. A little parmesean wouldn't be remiss either.

Nutrition Facts provided by SparkPeople Recipe Calculator
6 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132.6
Total Fat 1.9 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Cholesterol 43.8 mg
Sodium 326.4 mg
Potassium 401.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 7.3 g
Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
Sugars 1.8 g
Protein 18.6 g


Siri said...

So funny I was JUST looking at recipes for this! Looks superb!

Jenn said...

I love chicken cacciatore! Wait, I think I say that to everything I comment on here! I guess I just love food. But seriously, cacciatore is one of those dishes that always reminds me of growing up..brings back great memories!

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