Sunday, July 11, 2010

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore is an old world dish that means "hunters style." It was a dish that was prepared for the well-to-do family during the Renaissance as they were the only ones who could afford poultry and the sport of hunting. Traditionally it's a slow simmered dish of chicken with tomatoes and mushrooms but today has many variations. It's a warming meal and perfect for a cold winters night when you need something hearty. Make sure you have some nice crusty bread to sop up the sauce with.

What You Need:

1 3lb chicken, cut into pieces: drumsticks, thighs, and cut each split breast in half
flour for dredging
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large can tomato sauce or tomato puree
1 c red wine
1 large onion, sliced
1 green and 1 red bell pepper, sliced
1lb white button mushrooms, sliced
salt and pepper
Buttered Egg Noddles to serve it over

What To Do:

Dredge each of the chicken pieces in flour and sear in a skillet over medium heat until lightly browned. You're not cooking the chicken, just browning the skin and removing some of the fat.
In the bottom of the crockpot, combine the rest of the ingredients stirring well. Nestle the chicken pieces into the sauce, put the cover on the crockpot and cook on low for 6-7 hour or on high for 3-4. Serve over rice or egg noodles.

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