Undoubtedly you've had chicken cacciatore before. It's a pretty common dish, although it has a lot of variations. A quick Google search shows it done in a variety of ways, served over pasta, on it's own, etc. Generally speaking, if it's chicken in a tomato base with mushrooms and other vegetables, it's chicken cacciatore. The familiarity of all those flavors makes it a very comforting dish, although not necessarily "gourmet."
|I don't need gourmet. Just need chicken!|
Making the Dish
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 branch rosemary, leaves only, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup evoo
4 pieces chicken (thigh/drumstick)
1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 lb portobello mushrooms, cut into 1 in cubes
2 strips thick cut bacon
2 celery ribs, diced
1 cup basic tomato sauce
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
Hot pepper flakes (optional)
Pinch of sugar (optional)
The first thing you'll want to do is prepare your marinade to let the chicken soak up some flavor while you're preparing the rest of your ingredients. Mince up some rosemary and garlic, and add in about half a cup of olive oil. Stir together until a sort of paste is formed, and then add a touch of salt and pepper to taste. Place your chicken in a bowl and coat with the paste, making sure to get it covered entirely. Let it sit in the fridge while you do the rest.
|Chicken marinating in seasoning paste|
This is one that has a lot of different ingredients, all diced up, so get that out of the way now. Dice up your portobello's, celery, onion, garlic, and bacon and set them aside.
|Chopped up bacon.|
Once you've got everything chopped up, it's time to brown your chicken. Remove it from the paste and let the excess drip off. Heat some olive oil in a large dutch oven until it's smoking, and then add in your chicken pieces, searing it and getting it nice and golden brown. Flip and do the other side as well, and once all sides are browned, remove from the dutch oven and set aside.
|Browned chicken, resting on a paper towel.|
Give it a try and let us know what you think.