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Chicken Cacciatore

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Chicken Cacciatore
by James Belardo

Chicken Cacciatore, the hearty Italian hunter is often overlooked in today’s world of ‘cultured’ cuisine. It may have fallen to the wayside after it’s peak in popularity in the 1970’s, maybe it’s been deemed too common. Well, today we’re bringing it back home. Our version is made with chicken, Barese sausage, bell peppers, and red wine.

Cacciatore is traditionally made using chicken or rabbit.

Ingredients
4-6 boneless chicken breasts (legs and thighs work well too)
6-inch roll of Barese Sausages, cut into 3-inch pieces
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
1 onion, cut
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 orange or yellow pepper
1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 cup dry red wine
2 cups Chicken stock (try our homemade version)
3-4 ripe plum tomatoes, diced or 1 cup hand-crushed tomatoes
Rosemary
2-3 bay leaves
Salt and Pepper – to taste
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional
olive oil
1/2 lemon, juice
Lemon zest
1-2 tbsp flour

Starch
Roasted Potatoes
Brown rice
Egg noodles
Italian Bread

Chicken Prep
Season the chicken with olive oil, butter, rosemary, salt and pepper
#Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - chicken w/olive oil, butter + s&p

Directions
1. In a heavy sauce pan set to medium-high heat, preheat 2-3 tbsp of olive oil and sear the sausages on all sides. Remove cooked sausages and place into 3-3-inch deep oven pan. (Preheat oven to 350F)
#Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - sear Barese sausages

2. After the sausages are removed, sear the chicken on all sides and place in the baking pan with the sausages.
#Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - sear chicken

3. Add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil and sauté the onions, when they begin to turn a bit translucent add the diced garlic and the optional Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes).
#Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - onions, garlic and hot peppers

4. Add one cup of chicken stock to deglaze… let simmer for a few momrnts, mix well and pour over meat in baking pan.
#Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - deglaze w/stock #Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - pour over sausages & chicken

5. Mix the cut peppers together and toss on top of the meat in the baking pan.
#Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - add peppers

6. Followed by the mushrooms and cut up plum tomatoes
#Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - add mushrooms #Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - add tomatoes

7. Pour the wine and chicken stock over the top
#Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - add 1c red wine #Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - add 1c  chicken stock

6. Add the bay leaves, salt and pepper. Then place the tomatoes on top.
#Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - salt, pepper & bay leaves

8. Place in oven and let cook for at least 45-60 minutes mixing in 10-15 minute intervals.
#Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - oven time

9.  After 45-60 minutes have passed taste the gravy and add 1 sprig of Rosemary, the lemon juice and additional salt and/or pepper (if needed) You can add some flour to achieve consistency of your liking.
#Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - after an hour add Rosemary sprig and lemon juice #Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - add flour, if you like

10. For the final hour of cooking, turn up oven to 375F.

11. Mix fresh parsley in 5 minutes before serving.
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12. Serve with potatoes, pasta or brown rice. Garnish with lemon zest
#Chicken #Cacciatore #homemade #CucinaDelloZio - with 'nduja potatoes

Enjoy

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Written by Zio James

April 11, 2016 at 4:43 PM

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