Rock Star Chicken Caccitore ~ Yum!

I never really liked Chicken Caccitore.  My recipe was kind of boring, but that was the way I was shown how to make it.  It was your basic tomato sauce, chicken, onions, garlic, potatoes and ..... yawn.  I stopped making it years ago.  No one in my family really loved it and I didn't care for it at all!

Fast forward to this year and a friend told me I had to try this recipe for Chicken Caccitore..   She told me that I will love this one and I needed to try it soon.  I'm so glad I took her advice.  It's outstanding and I mean rock star good. It has such a depth of flavor, not too tomato-y at all.  You have to trust me on this one.... just look at the picture here. 

Adapted from The Sweet Basil Restaurant ~

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 medium onions, chopped

3 stalks celery, chopped

1 lb mushrooms, thickly sliced

1 cup chopped bottled roasted red peppers

2 cups chicken stock

1 3/4 cups port

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 can (28 ounces) imported whole tomatoes, crushed in a bowl

1 bay leaf

1 pound farfalle (bowtie) pasta, cooked until tender and drained

1/4 cup of grated Parmesan

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1. Set the oven at 400 degrees. In a large ovenproof dish, arrange the thighs in one layer, skinned side up. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast the chicken for 20 minutes.

2. In a large skillet, heat the oil. Cook the garlic, carrots, onions, celery, mushrooms, and roasted peppers over medium heat, stirring often, for 20 minutes.

3. Add the stock, port, balsamic vinegar, crushed tomatoes, and bay leaf to the skillet. Bring to a boil. Pour this over the chicken thighs, cover with foil, and return the dish to the oven.

4. Cook the cacciatore for 1 1/2 hours. Toss the pasta and cacciatore and transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with cheese and basil.

Enjoy ~

I'm joining Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm today!


Anonymous said...

I can see where this would give you a new appreciation for chicken caccitore. It looks yummy!

Taste the Rainbow said...

Thank you, and you are so right. This Caccitore is out of this world good. :)

Thanks for your sweet words.


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Me And My Sweets said...

Yum Yum!!! I just found your blog on foodie friday. I'll host a party every month with a different theme and would love you to join! Please visit my blog for more information on "My Sweet Party" post uploaded 2nd of May.


Taste the Rainbow said...

Thanks Johanna ~

Perhaps one of these Fridays I will join your parties. Thanks for stopping by too.


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