Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Chicken Cacciatore

I've made this dish twice this month for a mom with a new baby, and a friend who had back surgery. It's one of those homemade meals that you like to get when you can't or don't want to cook. I made some rice pilaf with it the first time I made it, and the next time I made it I served it with couscous. I also use boneless chicken breasts in this recipe instead of the bone-in chicken it calls for.

Chicken Cacciatore

From Real Simple magazine

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken, cut into pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes
1/3 cup dry red wine (I use red wine vinegar)
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Rinse the chicken and pat it dry with paper towels. Working in batches, lightly coat the chicken in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess.

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat. Add some of the chicken to the pan, being careful not to crowd the pieces. Cook the chicken until browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; set aside. Repeat with the remaining chicken.

Add the onion to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Add the carrot, celery, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Crush the tomatoes in the can with a large spoon and stir them into the vegetables. Add the wine and the remaining salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken, reduce heat, and cover. Simmer for 45 minutes, turning the pieces occasionally. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Stir in the parsley and serve on individual plates.


Anonymous said...

That sounds awesome. I'm in a cooking slump right now. Same ol' recipes over and over (and OVER!). I'd like to try this. Do you serve it with pasta?

Andrea said...

It's very easy and for the most part you can find all the ingredients in the pantry.
I have made it with rice pilaf and couscous. I'm sure it would be delicious with pasta.

Kat said...

Ooooh looks yummy. I love recipe sharing!!!

Thanks also for the book suggestion. You'll have to share your best tips for eating organic on a budget. We want a large family and so I'm wondering just exactly how this is done. I'm guessing the garden must be big.

I'll come back to read your new posts. baby's calling... :)