Sunday, November 16, 2008

Chicken Cacciatore

    You could Google recipes for Chicken Cacciatore and get 185,000 results in 0.11 seconds, or you could do what I do and wing it.

    I haven't made this dish in a while, so I was glad to be reminded of it when I saw that Kevin from Closet Cooking gave us his recipe a few days ago.

    Here's how I winged it (wunged it? wanged it?) Fry chicken thighs in olive oil until they're browned. Remove them from the pan. That takes care of the chicken part of this dish - for a while, anyway. Easy, eh?

    Put an anchovy in the same pan. Smoosh it up with a spoon as it melts away. You won't be able to taste the anchovy when the gravy is done, but you'll know there's something delicious about this gravy... I promise!

    When the anchovy has melted, add some coarsley chopped onions. I like to use lots of onions in my Italian gravy. Add some red pepper flakes, three cloves of minced garlic, a sprinkle of granulated garlic, black pepper, and some dried parsley, rosemary, and oregno. Sometimes I add mushrooms or zucchini.

    When the onions are soft, put in 1/2 cup red wine, a can of tomato sauce and a can of stewed tomatoes. Stir that all around then return the chicken thighs to the pan. Cook on a medium simmer for about 30 minutes.

    This will be some of the best Italian gravy you've ever had (even if I do say so myself).

    I usually serve this over pasta (spaghetti, to be exact) but while I was reading Kevin's recipe, I saw that he served his Chicken Cacciatore over Risotto! I would never have thought of that, so we'll give it a try. Here's Kevin's recipe for cheesey risotto here. And here's our finished dish of Chicken Cacciatore over Risotto. It was so good for dinner last night that I had it again for breakfast. Really!

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