California Central Coast Recipes
Chicken Cacciatora | Chicken Hunter Style©2017 TheRomanticTable.com
The aroma is captivating and appetite-inducing. The flavors are memorable. This is another recipe that freezes and heats-up well, so if you have a good- buy on chicken, don’t hesitate to make more.
This recipe is ready after one hour of cooking, but I like to cook this for about two hours when possible. It is much more flavorful and tender when cooked a little longer -plus it will drive your guests crazy with the aroma when they get near the kitchen!
My Chicken Cacciatora hasn't always tasted so delicious. My first try at making it was back in 1982 when we purchased our first Microwave oven. A little cookbook came with it that featured a "microwave version of Chicken Cacciatora." Now just the mere fact that its cooked in a microwave goes against everything that a true Chicken Cacciatora embodies: The Microwave version is cooked fast over minutes rather than slowly over hours, the number of ingredients in the microwave version are too many to be a straight-forward simply balanced-tasting dish and the choice of vegetables in the microwave version were more like a chili than a stew. --Then of course the other thing about the microwave version, only my German Shepherd really "enjoyed it!" I'm not kidding, when I'd start preparing this dish, my dog would salivate outside the kitchen door! He was the only "food-critic" that gave me consistent kudos for that recipe!
Don't worry, this recipe is the classic Italian slow-cooked version. I've made it for many people, they've all "oohed and aahed" over it. This is one recipe you'll want to make more than once a year! It's pretty straight-forward. The only time-consuming part of it is browning the chicken thighs and legs. (Thighs are easier to brown, so if you're cooking for a crowd, use mostly thighs.)
And as I've said before, this tastes especially good on cold winter days and its fragrance and taste is addicting!
It is shown served on fettuccine, but you could just as deliciously serve it on Polenta or Brown Rice.
Cooking time: 1 hour