Cacciatore means "hunter" in Italian - Chicken alla Cacciatore means chicken cooked the hunters way, with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and wine. Now: I'd like for you all to envision me as Elmer Fudd, as I tip-toe to the refrigerator to "hunt" my chicken......be vewwy, vewwy quiet!! Just for the record, I DO have an Elmer Fudd winter hat.
Depending on the region of Italy, lends different variations on ingredients; red vs white wine, regional cured meats, etc. I took 4 years of Italian in high school, the only things I remember are informal pleasantries (Ciao! Va bene! Non che male!), mild curses (A Fa@&*), and the regional foods of Italy.
I mentioned it in the past few posts, Sean and I have been staying with my Mom & Dad.....their kitchen is VASTLY decorated with lighthouses(!!!!!!!!!)....but we'll get to that in just a minute. This dish was one of those we have X, Y, Z, and wine....what should we make?
If your pantry is fully stocked you may have all that is needed to make this for dinner! I wanted more of a sauce, rather than the traditional chunky tomato vegetable mix. When the chicken was finished, I removed it and a bit of the vegetables, then pureed the rest. I served this with rice and pappardelle pasta (NOT pictured - but excellent with the sauce).
Oh, and the lighthouse decor, you ask? Here's just a SMALL, small taste:
Lighthouse themed canister set, with matching napkin holder.......that would house lighthouse themed napkins.....lighthouse tissue dispenser.......lighthouse knobs on all (!) of the kitchen cabinets - drawers and doors...
A lighthouse wind chime set (only indoors due to the inclement winter weather).....not to be outdone by the lighthouse nightlight....just in case you wander in the kitchen after dark, much like the Gorton Fisherman needing a beacon of light to find his way ashore. And the proverbial giant fork and spoon, just this one is, you guessed it,....lighthouse.
All kidding aside, I love them dearly. Sean & I are trying to assemble a lighthouse intervention family meeting....but it does keep them busy and happy cacciatore-ing lighthouse things! Get it?....hunting for lighthouse parifinalia. Annnywaaaay.....
makes 2-3 servings
3 lbs bone-in chicken pieces, skin removed (I used thighs)
1 large green pepper, rough chopped
3 small carrots, peeled and rough chopped
1 medium onion, rough chopped
2 stalks celery, rough chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
3 dried bay leaves
1 28oz can chopped tomatoes
3/4 cup red wine
salt and pepper
Season the chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Sear chicken, brown 5 minutes on one side, flip and brown the other side for another 5 minutes. Add all the chopped vegetables, bay leaves and garlic - toss to coat in the chicken drippings, cook for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables are softened. Add the wine, cook down and reduce by half, another 5 minutes or so. When the wine is reduced add the canned tomatoes, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for about an hour.
When ready to serve - remove the chicken pieces and about 1 cup of the tomato-vegetable mix, set aside. Puree the remaining tomato-vegetable mix in a blender - pulse 5-6 times until desired consistency. Add the puree back to the pan, stir in the chicken and chopped veggies. Serve over rice or pasta. Talk like Elmer Fudd.
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