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A Cacciatore is a hunter in Italian. So Chicken Cacciatore is a "Hunter's Stew".
This is a dish that is simple and tasty and warms your insides when you've come in from the cold!
In Southern Italy, it is very common to cook chicken in sauce like this even though it's not as common in America. Once you try it... you'll make it like this all the time!
For some reason this is a dish that a lot of people have been asking me about for a while now...
So... here it is!
Chicken on the bone in parts-I prefer using thighs and legs but you can use any mix of parts or all.
For about 2 lbs of chicken...
one chopped Onion
2-3 chopped carrots
2 chopped celery stalks
1-2 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
3-4 chopped fresh tomatoes or a large can/jar of chopped tomatoes or sauce.
1 cup of red wine
Extra virgin olive oil
Begin with a heavy pot with just a light coating of olive oil in the bottom. Warm it up and add the chicken skin side down. Once it starts to brown turn the chicken over and add the chopped carrots, celery and onion and the garlic.
Let the vegetables sweat down a bit then add the tomatoes and the red wine.
Add the Rosemary sprig (if you have fresh) or if using dried then chop it up fine.
Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
Let it cook for about 45 min to 1 hour. If it gets dry you can add a little water.
Once it is all cooked down taste for salt and add some if you need more.
This is a great "sauce" to put over pasta or rice and the chicken is perfect for your second course!
This is one of those wonderfully hearty meal that fills you up with happiness! :-)