SPEEDY CHICKEN CACCIATORE
comfort food for two when nights start to get cooler.
olive oil (adding a little bacon fat, instead of oil will give whole new dimension of taste.)
4 skinless chicken thighs
1 cup diced red pepper 1”
1 cup diced green pepper 1”
1 ½ cups diced onion 1”
1 cup finely sliced celery
1 cup finely shredded carrot
1 cup coarsely chopped mushrooms (optional)
¼ cup finely chopped parsley
1 Tablespoon mixed Italian herbs
3 cloves garlic finely minced
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 (16oz ) can of chunky Italian style tomato sauce or diced tomato
pasta or rice
if using, start the pasta or rice.
heat a large skillet over high heat, spray with non stick spray, lightly brown the thighs. about 3 mins per side and set aside. to the same skillet, add 1Tablespoon of olive oil. (or 1 teaspoon of bacon fat) add onion, celery, peppers, garlic, carrot and herbs. sauté till onion is soft. season. add the chicken with any juices accumulated and add the can of tomato sauce. bring to a boil, stir, cover and let cook on a medium fire for about 10 mins stirring occasionally until meat is cooked through and the sauce is thickened.
serve over pasta, rice or just a great loaf of bread and a salad, nice Chianti and a hunk of parmesan to shred over the dish. yumm. if you can make this dish and reheat and serve it the next night, it will taste that much better.
this is of course no substitute for the long cooked version of chicken cacciatore. but comes pretty close if you remember to add some of all the elements that are in the long cooked version that you use.
total time 20 to 30 mins.
you can use drumsticks or breasts if that is what you have. drumsticks cook the same as the thighs, but breasts need less cooking time and to my way of thinking are not as tasty. cut each breast half in two. chicken tenders work too, they need much less time to cook. so after the 3 mins per side initial sautéing, cook down the sauce and then just reheat the tenders in the sauce for a few minutes until cooked through.