We eat a lot of chicken around here. When I’m ready to switch things up and prepare my favorite cuts (legs and thighs) a little differently than fried or covered and baked in barbecue sauce, I often make up a batch of chicken cacciatore. This is an old dish that’s been around for centuries. As the name implies, it originated in Italy. Loosely translated it’s “Hunter’s Chicken”. I imagine different families had different versions of this simple one pot dish. Below is my version of this hardy braised chicken.
I like to serve the chicken cacciatore with cooked noodles or spaghetti, broccoli and applesauce. Add a hot bread if you like, garlic bread is always a big hit around here and a great way to stretch the meal.Try these quick and easy garlic bread-sticksquick and easy garlic bread-sticks.
If you like, you can add a chopped green pepper, or a couple of stalks of chopped celery along with the onion. A dash of hot pepper is good too, but the kids don’t much like it. I always sprinkle hot peppers on mine at the table, but it is better cooked in with the chicken.
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There’s nothing more thoughtful than blessing someone with a home cooked meal – an elderly neighbor, your friend who just had her first child, your coworker who is recovering from surgery. There are so many reasons to bring someone a nice meal to take the burden off of them or for no reason at all. Just to show your appreciation for that person.
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