Stew on this you chicken!
We spin our wheel of food once again and it stops on the land of Wine, sandals ancient architecture and naked statues and such gastric delights as Chicken Cacciatore and by chance or design that is what I will be attempting today.
So I know you are waiting to find out if this famous Italian dish is in fact Italian, so I will not hold you in suspense. Chicken Cacciatore is in fact Italian, they have redeemed themselves after that whole Lasagna flim flam.
So what did I find on its history, well I now know it has its own day on the calendar, October 15th and that Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian, and it is hunters who first ate this dish. In fact, it is thought that the first Chicken Cacciatore was not made with chicken at all, but with rabbit or other wild game sometime during the Renaissance period, so between the 14th and 16th centuries. Chicken hunter’s stew is what’s for dinner.
I will be going skinless and boneless on this one so Chicken thighs it is, not because it is faster or easier, but because someone who will remain nameless (the angry dish washer lady that lives with me hates food on a bone).
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil - plus 2 teaspoons, divided
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts - or thighs
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 medium yellow onion - chopped
- 3 cloves garlic - minced
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar - plus 1/2 teaspoon, divided
- 1 can crushed tomatoes - 28 ounces
- 1 medium green bell pepper - chopped
- 8 ounces sliced baby Bella or cremini mushrooms
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning.
Tale of the tape:
Was is easy to make? Yes it was a set it and forget it meal.
How did it taste? It was delicious and on October 15th I shall make it again.
Did I clean up the mess I made? I would have, but you see there was this movie on and then I had a nap.
Did I ever tell you the time I told a Giant chicken a joke? Oh that afternoon we laughed, we cried and then I made chicken cacciatore . . . now the jokes on him and so is the meal.
I am attaching 2 video links for 2 of my favorite songs about chicken.
Enjoy the food, the photos and the tunes, which I played while making this dish.
I am sorry about the photos my regular camera is being cleaned so all I have is the iPhone and some stock photos.