Monday, July 7, 2008

Chicken Cacciatore

I love watching the Food Network and am always up for trying something new from shows that I watch. I recently watched an episode of Everyday Italian where Giada made Chicken Cacciatore. I have never made this dish before and I was very surprised. It was delicious. Of course, I made a couple changes but I am really happy with how it turned out. I think that one of my favorite parts of the dish are the capers. They add a great pop of flavor and they are good for you too! This has definitely been logged in my book of repeats.

Chicken Cacciatore
adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

4 chicken thighs
2 chicken breasts with skin and backbone, halved crosswise
2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
1 cup all purpose flour, for dredging
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
6-8 fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3/4 cup white win
2 (14.5 ounce) cans petite diced tomatoes with juice
3/4 cup chicken broth
4 tablespoons of drained capers
Red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
1 lb linguini (or really any other pasta you enjoy)
Grated parmesan cheese

- Sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Dredge pieces in flour.
- In heavy saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and saute just until brown. This usually takes about 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate.
- Add the bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, and garlic to the pan and saute over medium head until the onion is tender.
- Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (to taste)
- Add the win and simmer until reduced by half. This takes around 3 minutes
- Add the tomatoes, broth, capers, and oregano.
- Return the chicken to the pan and submerge in the sauce. Bring sauce to a simmer and continue simmering over medium-low heat until the chicken is cooked through. (About 30 minutes)
- Remove chicken to a platter. Boil the sauce until it thickens slightly
- Shred chicken and serve over pasta. Spoon sauce over chicken and sprinkle with the basil and parmesan cheese.

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