Chicken Cacciatore

Mid week dinners are frantic for me. As soon as I walk in the door from work, I have to have a meal planned AND all the ingredients ready to go, otherwise any delay will push dinner time closer to 8:00 pm. I’ve learned to improvise, be flexible, and keep it simple!  During the week I cook 3 meals. On day four we are all on our own with leftovers or pizza deliver, and I don’t usually cook on Fridays. Those are reserved for going out. So here was my frenzy tonight!

Chicken Cacciatore

  • About three pounds of chicken (I had chicken thighs)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • Olive oil
  • 1 24 oz POM crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons oregano, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 cup of dry red wine (Zinfandel was open, so that’s what I used)

Drizzle about 2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet and warm over medium heat. Brown chicken turning once for about 10 minutes.

While cooking chicken, pour yourself a glass of wine (this is important, don’t miss this step!) 😉

Remove chicken and drain oil, leaving about a tablespoon. Add onion and garlic. Sauté until onion is soft and mixture is fragrant. Add tomatoes, wine, oregano, salt, pepper and bay leaf.  Add chicken back to sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce, cover, and simmer for about 35 minutes.

Remove bay leaf and serve with hot cooked pasta, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Delicious meal in less than an hour!


10 thoughts on “Chicken Cacciatore

  1. Ang says:

    oooooh…that looks sooooo good!

  2. I am so glad you stopped by my blog so I could wander over here to read yours. I LOVE chicken caccitore. It’s one of the very first things I learned to make when my mom was working at night. And the glass of wine while you’re cooking is a very important step.

    • I’m just learning about the blog world and found you through I am simply Tia! Love checking out the adventures in foodie kitchens, and your boys are sweet!

      I’m pleased you endorse sipping while cooking =)

  3. Hubby says:

    Thanks for a great lunch… the day after! 😉

  4. One of my favorites! I was actually thinking of making this soon:] Love the way you do it!

  5. samology says:

    mmm! I like this recipe! It’s quite simple and doesn’t seem to require a million ingredients!! awesome job!

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