Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Chicken Cacciatore ~ Hunter's Style!

This time of year, a truly hearty Italian dish comes to mind - Cacciatore. One can find out that this word literally means "hunter" in Italian. In cuisine, alla cacciatora refers to a dish prepared "hunter-style" with onions, tomatoes, dried plums and herbs: rosemary, mint, sage and oregano. One can also include bell peppers, olives and wine. However, if you do the dried plum, don't do the olives.

All you need for this delicious dish is a large skillet with lid, chicken thighs with bone in and skin on, one whole onion, one can of diced roasted red tomatoes, dried plums and dried herbs. Begin by sauteing chopped onion on med heat in olive oil... 4 tbs and be generous.  Next, move the onion off to one side of the skillet and add your chicken thighs skin side down. Sprinkle as much of the dried herbs as you want over the top as you sear the chicken thighs skin side down on high heat. Reduce heat adding, bringing back the onion into the mix of things and pour in 1/2 cup of chicken stock and one can of diced roasted red tomatoes. Let this simmer for 40 min on med/low heat, stirring occasionally.

Prepare a risotto rice or pasta for a side... even mashed or boiled potatoes will do nicely.

Near the end of the 40 min, toss in as many dried plums as you like. Cover and let sit with no heat for as long as it takes to set the table. And, don't forget to put out the Parmesan cheese, please...

~ Tutti a Tavola!

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