Friday, March 12, 2010

Chicken Cacciatore: A Healthy Hunter Style Dish

Chicken cacciatore is an Italian staple. Cacciatore or "hunter-style" is a favored way of cooking game in Italy. A hearty stew, chicken cacciatore is robust and rich in antioxidants, lycopene, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and lean protein. Try this version by Ellie Krieger:

Chicken Cacciatore

4 skinless, bone-in chicken breast halves
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 pound white mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 14 1/2-ounce can whole tomatoes in juice, chopped and juice reserved
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper

1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Brown chicken. Set aside.
2. In the same pan, saute onions and peppers until soft.
3. Brown mushrooms. Toss garlic, cook until fragrant. Deglaze pan with wine and let simmer until reduced by half.
4. Add tomatoes and juice, red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and oregano. Stir and let simmer for 10 minutes.
5. Add chicken to the sauce and let braise for 20 minutes until chicken is fully cooked.

Author: Kristine Gonzaga


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