- Prep time
- 30 minutes PT30M
- Cook time
- 1 hour PT1H
- 4 servings
A traditional Italian stew of chicken simmered with tomatoes and other vegetables, cacciatore translates to "hunter" in Italian—in other words, this veggie-packed dish is prepared "hunter-style."
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 chicken drumsticks
- 4 bone-in chicken thighs
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- ½ yellow onion, cut into ¼-inch-thick wedges
- ½ red bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch-wide slices
- ½ green bell pepper, cut into ¼-inch-wide slices
- ½ zucchini, cut into thin rounds
- ½ yellow squash, cut into thin rounds
- 1 jalapeño, sliced thin
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 1 quart Muir Glen tomato sauce
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ bunch cilantro leaves, chiffonnade
- ½ bunch basil leaves, chiffonnade
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and fry for 5–6 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and transfer to a baking dish in a single layer. Drain all but 3 tablespoons of oil.
Add garlic and onions to pan, frying until just golden brown, about 2 minutes, then add remaining vegetables. Sauté vegetables for approximately 5 minutes, then pour in wine and reduce by half. Add tomato sauce, bay leaf, basil and cilantro (reserving a small amount of each herb for garnish). Bring to a simmer and then pour evenly over the chicken.
Place baking dish in oven, uncovered, and bake for 40–50 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 175°F.
Garnish with reserved herbs before serving.
Techniques used in this recipe:
- simmer (I)
- simmer (I): to maintain the temperature of a liquid just below boiling.
- sauté: a cooking method in which items are cooked quickly in a small amount of fat in a pan on the range top.
- mince: to chop into very small pieces.
- fry: to cook in fat or oil over direct heat.
chiffonade: leafy vegetables or herbs cut into fine shreds or thin ribbons; often used as a garnish.
- bay leaves
- <p><strong>bay leaves:</strong> Sweet Bay of Laurel is native to the Mediterranean region where it grows to an evergreen tree up to 40-feet high. It is found extensively in the milder climates of North America; the leaf of the California Bay Laurel is long and tapered, bright green in color, and extremely pungent - from two to three time more pungent than that of the European variety.</p><p>The uses of Bay are many and varied. Eggs, meats, game, soups, casseroles, and sauce benefit from the judicious use of this herb; use it sparingly, however, for it is dominant by nature.</p>
- <p><strong>basil:</strong> native to tropical Asia and Africa; there are 30 to 40 different species but generally only one common to the spice industry.</p><p>The basil plant is a low-growing annual approximately 18-inches in height. When seen growing in the field, it is almost succulent in appearance and gives off a sweet fragrance as one brushes by. The leaves are quite large, up to 2 1/2-inches in length and from 1/2 to 1-inch in width. The taste of fresh Basil is reminiscent of licorice, and the dried leaves have a lemony, anise-like quality. </p><p>Basil is versatile in its uses, which are limited only by the degree of inventiveness of the cook. It has a special affinity for tonatoes and tomato-based recipes, whether they be salads, vegetables, sauces, or main courses.</p>
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