Monday, August 31, 2009

Chicken Cacciatore

I just tried a new recipe from - Mom's Chicken Cacciatore. It's a great one-dish meal and easily made for less than $10, especially if you shop the weekly sales. Total cost $9

2 c all-purpose flour for dredging
1/2 t salt
1/4 t ground black pepper
4 lbs of chicken pieces - I used thighs and drumsticks which are cheaper than breasts $4
2 T vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green pepper, chopped $1
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes $1
1/2 t dried oregano
1/2 c white wine - I used chicken broth
2 c fresh mushrooms, quartered $2
salt and pepper to taste

Combine the flour, salt and pepper in a deep glass dish. Dredge the chicken pieces in flour until coated. Heat the oil in a large skillet (one that has a cover/lid). Fry the chicken pieces until they are browned on both sides. Remove from skillet.

Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper to the skillet and saute until the onion is slightly browned. Return the chicken to the skillet and add the tomatoes, oregano and wine. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes over medium low heat.

Add the mushrooms and salt/pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 more minutes.

Serve over your choice of hot pasta. I used gemelli ($1/box) - a new family favorite in my house.

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