My Mom's Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
Here's an easy and budget-friendly chicken dish that calls for chicken leg quarters to be simmered to tenderness with white wine, brandy, and mushrooms. It's a different version of the beloved Chicken Cacciatore.
Chicken pieces simmer in a tomato sauce laden with mushrooms. This Italian mainstay is best served with pasta.
I grew up near "The Hill" in St. Louis. This recipe is very near the cacciatore that I used to eat at my Italian friends houses. My family loves this. To reduce fat, drain chicken on paper towels after you brown it. You can also fix this without flouring the chicken. Delicious!
Find easy and delicious recipes for classic chicken cacciatore.
Although the traditional recipe calls for dark meat chicken, I too only used breasts. To make this heart-friendly for my bf's dad who needs to watch his sodium I used low-sodium canned plum tomatoes and didn't salt the pot until I served my own plate. I wanted to use red wine instead of white but white was all I had, and it was fine. Added more flour to thicken up the sauce, as I like it chunky and hearty. Added capers and served over brown rice. Was great!!
In my opinion, this is a very good basic recipe. However, the sauce did need a bit of tweaking once it was made according to the recipe. First of all I did double the sauce recipe, adding additional minced garlic. Also the oregano was adjusted according to taste, with the addition of basil and parsley, and a robust red wine substituting for the white. I cut the mushrooms back to 1 cup of fresh, sliced and sauteed, resulting in a fantastic cacciatore sauce.
THIS IS A GOOD STANDARD CHICKEN CAICCIATORE. I CUT MY CHICKEN BREASTS UP INTO BITE SIZE PIECES, COVERED WITH FLOUR, BROWNED IN SOME OLIVE OIL, REMOVED FROM PAN AND THEN COOKED THE PEPPERS AND MUSHROOMS NO ONIONS (HUBBIE DOENS'T LIKE THEM) :( WHEN THOSE WERE COOKED ADDED BACK THE CHICKEN AND A CAN OF HUNTS TOMATO SAUCE AND A COUPLE OF GOOD DASHES OF ITALIAN SEASONING. SIMMERED FOR ABOUT 1/2 HOUR. YUMMIE. SERVED WITH ZITI. HUBBIE SAID IT WAS "AWESOME" THANKS FOR THE POST.
This was really fantastic! The only change I made was that I used skinless chicken breasts and a cabernet instead of white wine. This will most likely end up on my weekly rotation!!! Thanks for a great recipe!
Wonderful!! House smelled awesome when this was cooking. Used red wine and doubled the recipe. YUMMY!!!