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Chicken Cacciatore

Sunday, June 5, 2011

I had some chicken breasts in the fridge that I wanted to get rid of, together with some mushrooms that I needed to disguise in the food because my daughter, as you know already, doesn't like them. So this was the perfect solution: chicken cacciatore.



The ingredients are as follows:

  • Olive oil, as needed
  • 3 chicken breasts, sliced in half
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed and finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 cups dry white wine
  • 1 (28-ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes, pureed
  • 1 bundle thyme
  • 1 bay leaves
Coat a large, wide pot with olive oil and bring to a high heat. Season the chicken with salt and brown in the hot oil, working in batches, if needed. Once all the chicken is brown, remove to a plate and discard most of the excess fat.



If needed to coat the bottom of the pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onions and crushed red pepper, season with salt, and sweat over low heat for 8 to 10 minutes.



Add the garlic and sweat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the peppers and cook until they are soft, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the mushrooms, season with salt and cook until they are soft. 


 Add the white wine and reduce by half (yes, I had to move everything in a larger pot :)))



Return the chicken to the pan and add the tomatoes; taste for seasoning. Add the thyme bundle and bay leaves.



Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Partially cover the pot and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Check the level of the sauce periodically during the cooking process and replenish it with water as needed; the level of liquid should be about even with the chicken.


Remove the chicken from the pot and place it on a serving platter. Taste the sauce for seasoning, adjust if needed. Skim the surface of the sauce if excessively greasy. Spoon the sauce over the chicken. I served it with pasta, one of my daughter's favourite.


Enjoy!

6 comments:

Priya Sreeram said...

loved the fusion of flavours there- hmmm am thinking of paneer in place of chicken; will make somethg inspired by this dish for my d!

Food Glorious Food! said...

Lovely recipe! I think i need to make this a dinner... I have so much mushrooms at home and no idea how to begin with! Thanks for the inspiration!

Alina---Explora Cuisine said...

Now that I see this recipe here I realize I've never made it :) arata super bine, mai ales ca eu sunt mare fan ciuperci! O saptamana senina sa ai!

Guvi said...

Thank you, Priya, I hope you'll like it!

Food Glorious Food, I'm happy this recipe inspired you! Thank you for visiting!

Alina, you must make this one! Pupici!

Anonymous said...

Una din retetele mele preferate :)
Arata foarte fain!

p.s: imi place si farfuria (minimalist design-ul ei...Ikea?! :) )

Guvi said...

Multumesc pentru aprecieri!
Nu Ikea, este de la Macy's setul :))

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