Thursday, November 12, 2009

Chicken Cacciatore

Right so I wasn't supposed to be cooking tonight. Life is slowly returning to a new normal (baby gets fed A LOT, so Wifey is pretty busy), so when we were planning our dinners for the week we included Mac'n'cheese, and Hong Kong Chicken - both Wifey specialities, that would have got us enough supper until after Friday night. However, Wifey isn't feeling well, and in her defense, she really is spending an insane amount of time being a milk cow, so there's not much time left for her to cook.

So I got home from work today and had to quickly start searching for something to cook. The freezer only consisted of chicken pieces, chorizo, pizza bases and frozen veggies (and ice cream). A quick internet search found Chicken Cacciatore at, which I amazingly had all the ingredients for.

  1. Chicken pieces (recipe says 3.5 pound chicken cut into pieces, I used 5 chicken legs (drumsticks and thighs still combined)).

  2. Olive oil for frying

  3. 1 cup thinly sliced onions

  4. 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced.

  5. Salt and pepper

  6. 1/3 cup white wine (I actually decided to measure this out, because I reckon I normally put too much in, but it turned out to be quite a lot.)

  7. 1 tin of chopped tomatoes (supposed to be 2 cups of peeled and chopped tomatoes - as if I have time for that.)

  8. The possibility of adding mushrooms or chopped veggies to the stew.

  1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat.

  2. Add onions and cook until translucent.

  3. Push onions aside (next time I'll actually take them off, they burnt a bit.)

  4. Add gardlic and chicken pieces, skin-side down. Cook until skin is golden brown, then turn pieces over and brown the other side.

  5. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, on both sides.

  6. Add wine, simmer until reduced by half.

  7. Add tomatoes, simmer, cover skillet with lid slightly ajar.

  8. Cook the chicken in the liquid, turning and basting a few times.

  9. Cook until tender, about 40 mintues.

  10. If the stew starts to dry out, add a few tablespoons of water.
Consume, with rice and steamed frozen veggies.
Meal becomes part of the cookbook because its made with easily available materials.

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