Chicken Cacciatore

1 Jun

Ok, so I found this recipe for Chicken Cacciatore and it really was the first time I have ever tried to make it before. Turns out the recipe I found is not for a traditional Cacciatore, but it was so good. I personally have never had Chicken Cacciatore period, so it didn’t make a difference to me that it wasn’t a traditional recipe. But if you are looking for a traditional recipe, I am not sure this one is going to be for you. If you’re feeling a little more daring then go for it! I enjoyed this a lot. The recipe itself doesn’t call for pasta at all…but I couldn’t imagine eating this any other way.

Recipe from Men’s Health Magazine

**I used chicken breasts, not thighs

Chicken Cacciatore

2 Tbsp olive oil
8 boneless chicken thighs (or a combination of thighs and drumsticks)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp crushed red-pepper flakes
10-12 green or black olives, pitted and roughly chopped
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 lb roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley

1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan on high. Season the thighs with salt and pepper and add them to the skillet, skin side down. Cook, turning occasionally, until they’re deeply brown and crisp on all sides, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove them from the pan.

2. Lower the heat. Add the bell pepper, onion, garlic, pepper flakes, and olives. Cook until the vegetables soften, about 10 minutes. Pour in the wine; simmer, stirring occasionally, until the wine nearly evaporates, about 5 minutes.

3. Add the stock, tomatoes, and chicken, tucking it skin side up into the vegetables. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium heat for another 20 minutes, until the chicken is nearly falling off the bone and the sauce is reduced by half. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle on the parsley. Makes 4 servings

Per serving: 490 calories, 35 grams (g) protein, 15 g carbohydrates (3 g fiber), 29 g fat, 360 milligrams sodium

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