Today we will be sharing a simple recipe for Chicken Cacciatore, a traditional Italian dish that roughly translates to “Hunter’s Stew”. Historically the game or meat for this dish would be hunted earlier in the day and added to available root vegetables to create a hearty meal for an entire family. While many traditional recipes call for rabbit, we’ve chosen to use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. The extra fat and bone typically render richer flavors.
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- 3 tbsp oil
- 4 cloves garlic – minced
- 1 onion – chopped
- 3 medium carrots – chopped
- 2 stalks celery – chopped
- ¼ leek – chopped
- 4 chicken thighs
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 yellow pepper – chopped
- 3 medium potatoes – chopped
- 1 tsp each of salt, pepper, chili, dill, oregano
- Wash and dry the chicken thighs. Add oil to your cast iron frying pan and brown the chicken thighs on both sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.
- In your frying pan, sauté the onion, celery, leek, and garlic until translucent.
- Add the cubed potatoes and chopped carrots and stir. Place the browned chicken on top of the vegetable mix.
- Add an entire can of diced tomatoes to the top of the dish. Add your seasoning.
- Cover the pan with tin foil and bake at 350 degrees Celsius for 70 minutes.
- Near the end of your cooking time, add the yellow peppers to cook. To finish, broil the entire dish for 3-4 minutes to crisp the chicken. Garnish with parsley.
- Let the dish cool for approximately 15-20 minutes and serve with rice, noodles, or your favorite fresh bread.
Classic chicken cacciatore is typically cooked for a very long time so that the chicken or rabbit meat falls off of the bone. This makes it a great recipe for slow cookers or crockpots.
This recipe is a great treat for those cold winter nights, and you can definitely feel good about this nutrient-rich and hearty meal. Make the recipe your own by adding additional vegetables like mushrooms or olives and enjoy the savory smells that will fill your kitchen as this dish cooks. Be sure to let us know how much you enjoyed your meal!
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