Recipe: Chicken Cacciatore (with Tomatoes and Mushrooms)


Chicken with Tomatoes and Mushrooms, Courtesy: www.marthastewart.com
Chicken with Tomatoes and Mushrooms, Courtesy: http://www.marthastewart.com

Here’s a great basic chicken recipe for a week night dinner. You can change this up several different ways, depending on your mood.  Add chiles or peppers for a Southwestern feel, add potatoes for a Midwestern variation, or even add olives for a Greek twist.

Ingredients
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 1 1/2 lbs.
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (14.5 ounces) stewed tomatoes
1/4 tsp. dried oregano

Directions:

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large (5-quart) saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, heat oil over medium-high heat; swirl to coat bottom of pan.
  3. Cook chicken, turning when it easily releases from the pan, until golden, 4 to 6 minutes.
  4. Transfer chicken to a plate.
  5. Add mushrooms; cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add garlic, tomatoes, and oregano. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, until tomatoes have broken down, 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Return chicken and any accumulated juices to pan; cover, and cook until chicken is opaque throughout, 4 to 6 minutes.
  8. Turn chicken to coat with sauce, and serve.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • I am a mushroom lover, so I liked the idea of this recipe. It was good, and easy, but just a bit bland.  After it cooked, I added a few shakes of Italian Seasoning. Adding sautéed onions with the garlic may also be a good idea, or use seasoned tomatoes. Still, it’s a great basic chicken recipe for a weeknight dinner.
  • Shown below is my interpretation of this recipe, as done in my Culinary Arts 1 class, with my partner Jordan. We added black olives and green olives and garnished with fresh parsely.
Chicken Cacciatore with Olives, Courtesy: Jordan Welch
Chicken Cacciatore with Olives, Courtesy: Jordan Welch

Yield: 4 servings

Source: http://www.marthastewart.com

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