Pollo alla Cacciatore

Pollo alla Cacciatore, or Chicken Cacciatore is basically a chicken casserole prepared with tomatoes,  mushrooms and herbs in the Italian style as the name presents. Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian, and thus this is a hunter type  dish with a sauce used for game– that has a good earthy taste due to those lovely mushrooms.  The final garnish of lemon zest, minced garlic and minced parsley will give it a wonderful zest–that’s optional–however I didn’t add it to this recipe.  Mr. Hubbs has been craving Chicken Cacciatore for the past several days after watching it being prepared on an Italian food show. So I thought I would quench his taste-buds and prepare it for him. He was a happy man.

A great dish on a Fall day like today

Served over little linguine, and garnished with a little more of the parsley and basil, along with oregano and sage

I began by seasoning several drumstick of chicken (that’s what I had on hand), then dredging them in seasoned all-purpose flour. Seasonings used-> onion & garlic powder, salt, pepper, Emeril’s Original Essence, and Kirkland’s No-Salt Seasoning and Rustic Tuscan Seasoning. These went into the flour as well

Browned the drum-sticks in olive oil, and threw in some fresh sage and oregano just for the herb of it

Gave them a turn to brown all over, then removed for the next batch

After all of the chicken was nice and golden, removed them from the pan and added red, yellow, and green bell peppers and chopped onion–sautéed until the onion was just about translucent

In went the chopped garlic–continued to saute until the garlic was oh so fragrant

1 cup of dry white wine made its entrance. Simmer and reduce by half

Next added one cup of chicken broth

Capers and chopped fresh oregano

One 28 oz. can of stewed tomatoes went in next. Of course there are Italian blends that you can use as well. Stir it all together. I also added a little sugar (or sugar substitute will do) to cut the acidity of the tomatoes a tad

Placed the chicken back into the pan along with fresh sage and oregano

Added finely chopped parsley and basil. Cover and let it simmer for about 40 minutes or until the chicken is nice and tender

About 10 minutes before I turned the flame off, I added in about a dozen chopped white mushrooms

Pollo alla Cacciatore

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. richardmcgary
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 12:05:55

    One of my favorite dishes. This looks great!

    Reply

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