30 May, 2017
Easy Chicken Cacciatore – 30 Minutes – Delicious
Chicken Cacciatore is an old rustic Italian recipe that dates back to the middle ages. Translated it means “chicken hunter style”. It was originally done with rabbits that the hunters caught and the veggies were wild onions and mushrooms.
Tomatoes hadn’t arrived from the “New World” yet.
The hunters used to bring wine along on their forays – surprised? – in the old flasks made of animal skin or bladders and would – sometimes – add a bit of wine to the cacciatore.
It has become one of the most varied recipes of all time. Lots of people are very sure that their way is the only way.
When I was growing up back in New Jersey our neighbor, “Nan” Paparelli, and her dog, Baron, used to day care us while our mom was at work. She would sing beautifully in Italian while she was cooking and Baron would follow us around making sure we were ok.
For cacciatore she would just fry the pieces of chicken in a skillet and when the second side was almost done she would add some onions, and sometimes some peppers, let them cook a little and add some canned tomatoes or some leftover marinara sauce . It was real good.
We had our granddaughter and our two great granddaughters over for dinner the other night…..
…….and I made us some chicken cacciatore.
And, like Sinatra said, “I did it my way”
Let’s put it together.
Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken pieces and fry them until done. About 3-5 minutes a side depending on how thick they are. Put them aside in a dish that will catch the drippings.
These are tonights veggies, etc. Mushrooms, capers, marinara sauce, wine, rosemary, basil, onions and garlic.
Put everything else, except the marinara sauce and the wine, in the skillet. Lightly sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Stir it all up with a wooden spoon scraping the bits off the bottom. Stir a couple of more times as it all cooks.
When the onions are starting to show signs of wilting a little add the wine – white or red – and let it simmer and reduce a little – about 2-3 minutes.
Add the tomatoes – or sauce – stir it all together and put the chicken and the drippings back in. Turn the chicken pieces over a few times as they heat back up.
When the sauce has reduced and thickened up a little – about 3 minutes – serve and enjoy your Easy Chicken Cacciatore.
Some Chianti and some of Poppop’s easy homemade bread of course!!