Wednesday, March 9, 2011

chicken cacciatore...

Italian food lovers rejoice!
Here's one that super easy and super de duper delicious.
Be sure you have lots of fresh crusty bread for dipping...
you most definitely don't want to miss out on this sauce.

Start with about 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts... hand trimmed.

1 medium onion... chopped.

1 red bell pepper... chopped.

1 1/2 cup of white wine.

Capers... about 2 tablespoons, chicken stock... about 1 cup,
and diced tomatoes... a 28 oz can.

Start by heating up about 1/4 cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons
of butter in a skillet.

While your oil is heating up put about 1 cup of flour into a shallow dish.

Salt, pepper and flour each side of your chicken.

Place in your hot skillet and brown on each side... about 5 minutes per side.
We only need to brown them... we'll finish cooking them a little later.

*faint* Oh. My. Doesn't that make your mouth water?

After you get your chicken good and brown,
transfer to a plate and set aside.

Now, see this here? This is good stuff, man.
Here's where you need to turn your heat
down just a bit and grab your wine...

With your wine in one hand and your spoon or spatula in the other,
pour in the wine and begin scrapping all the goodness from
the bottom of the skillet... this is what you call deglazing.

After you finish deglazing your pan, add in the
chopped red bell pepper and onions.
Give it a good stir to combine.

Throw in your can of diced tomatoes.

Pour in the chicken stock.

Oh, um... yeah, here's where I had to do a
switch-a-roo to a bigger pot. Don't be like me...
YOU can start from the beginning in a pot like this.

Ahhh... that's better.

Add the capers.

Stir to combine.
Here is where you'll want to turn your heat back up a bit,
throw in a dash or two of salt, some fresh
ground pepper to taste, and 1 teaspoon of dried Oregano.

Remember your chicken you browned?
Yeah, well, here is where you'll add it back in.
I sliced mine in half pieces because I'm a freak about
chicken cooking all the way through.

Bring all the yumminess to a boil, reduce your heat to
medium-low, cover and simmer for about 25 minutes.

That gives you plenty of time to cook your pasta...
I used good ol' fashioned spaghetti.


First bite... *faint again*

Oh. My. Word. This is delicious.

Make it for your family... they'll love you forever.
Don't forget the bread!