Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore is a very healthy and easy meal to make, full of exotic mushrooms, bell peppers and kalamata olives. It makes a hearty camping meal in the Dutch Oven, too.

Dutch Oven Chicken Cacciatore by FamilySpice.com

I know, I know. Valentine’s Day is 5 days away and I don’t have a post on chocolate, heart-shaped goodies or romantic meals. Well, let me tell you what happens at my house on Valentine’s Day. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I have one of those husbands who likes to on and on about how he doesn’t like the greeting card companies dictating when he tells his wife he loves her. I’m sure many of you have heard that one. He tells me he doesn’t need to be told when to buy me flowers. In fact, he goes on, he will buy me flowers everyday, EXCEPT for Valentine’s Day. So, every year when a week or so before Valentine’s day, my husband likes to give me his devilish smile and tells me, “Happy Valentine’s Day!” Then when the big day arrives, you guessed it, silence. And do I get flowers every day, except Valentine’s Day. I know, yeah right.

I don’t mind, really. I’ve always hated this holiday. I’ve never really had a good memory for Valentine’s Day, except as a kid when we would make each other little cards and put them in our friends’ boxes. Of course, nowadays, teachers make sure if you bring cards to share, you bring cards for everyone. I am not a politically-correct person. In fact, I tend to offend people because I have opinions and I don’t apologize for having opinions. But, I think this is a good rule. I don’t think little kids should open their Valentine’s boxes and see only three little cards in it, while other students in class are over-flowing with cards. If anything, I think it’s great to remind our kids, as often as possible, to share a little love or kindness to our fellow student.

Chicken Cacciatore by FamilySpice.com

So on that note, let me share you this non-Valentine recipe! Of course, you could make this delicious dinner for your sweetheart! I have been craving Chicken Cacciatore for a couple months now. I adore mushrooms in all forms, and find any reason to cook with them. I did my usual research on the internet about the history and recipe of Chicken Cacciatore. This classic Italian dish is prepared “hunter-style,” with whatever game or rabbit caught that day. Mushrooms found while hunting are added to dish, along with tomatoes, bell peppers, herbs and sometimes wine. I found many variations of this dish, so I decided to make it the way I personally like it: with a lot of basil and a whole lot of mushrooms. Instead of white mushrooms, I used a variety of mushrooms I found on my hunt at the grocery store: crimini, oyster and shitake. I added olives because we all love olives and I had a good pound in the refrigerator.

This is a very aromatic dish. I loved the flavors of Italian food!! My husband asked me what the special occasion was when he saw his dinner plate. I just smiled and replied, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

Chicken Cacciatore by FamilySpice.com

Chicken Cacciatore

This Italian hunter's stew can easily be served to your family during the week or for special occasion. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 lb whole roasting chicken, quartered with back removed
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp parsley, dried
  • 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp basil, dried
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes, canned, with juice
  • 1/2 cup red wine, dry
  • 8 oz mushrooms, assorted varieties, halved
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • 1 TBS parsley, Italian, chopped

Directions:

  1. About 30 minutes before cooking, remove from the refrigerator:
    • 3 1/2 lb whole roasting chicken , quartered with back removed
  2. If the giblets and neck were in the chicken cavity, remove them.
  3. Wash chickens and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Season both sides of the chicken pieces with:
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
  5. In a small plate combine:
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp parsley, dried
  6. Press chicken pieces into flour mixture until thoroughly covered. Shake off excess flour and reserve.
  7. In a large non-stick skillet or dutch oven, over medium-high heat add:
    • 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  8. Brown chicken pieces in hot oil for 3-minutes per side.
  9. Remove chicken to serving dish, cover with foil.
  10. Add to hot oil:
    • 1 onion , chopped
    • 1 red bell pepper , chopped
  11. Sauté until vegetables soften, about 3-5 minutes.
  12. Stir in:
    • 4 garlic cloves , chopped
    • 1 tsp basil, dried
    • 1 tsp parsley, dried
  13. Cook for 2 minutes.
  14. Return chicken to the pot and stir in:
    • 28 oz diced tomatoes, canned , with juice
    • 1/2 cup red wine , dry
  15. Reduce heat to medium-low, cook for 25 minutes and then add:
    • 8 oz mushrooms , assorted varieties, halved
    • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  16. Cook for 10 more minutes.
  17. Pour sauce over chicken pieces in serving dish.
  18. Garnish with:
    • 1 TBS parsley, Italian , chopped

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 4

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