Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chicken Cacciatore

Inspired by Pioneer Women's recipe it didn't take much tweaking and oh holy hell was it good! Nothing like good soul warming food on a cold damp day. It was so good that even Buffalo Boy was invited to dinner to eat with us. Apparently Boy loved it, as did the rest of the boys of the house!


Chicken Parts with skin and bones ( Trust me, it is so much better this way!) I used six thighs and four drums. Go more for more people of course.
1/2 cup cornstarch
4 Tbl earth balace
2 Tbl cooking oil
Large Red Bell Pepper sliced thin
Large Green Bell Pepper sliced thin
Large Onion sliced thin
5 cloves garlic, minced
Package of Mushrooms sliced
1/2 tsp ground thyme
1/2 cup red wine
28 oz can of diced tomatoes
Package of GF noodles, spagetti or alfredro works well, bowtie could be fun...

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

I did all this in my dutch oven, but if you have a BIG cast iron skillet that would totally rock too! Melt the butter in your dutch oven or large cast iron on medium high heat. As the butter and melts, give the chicken a good covering of salt and pepper. I like to rub it in for good measure. Lightly roll in the cornstarch.

Brown the meat till it is pretty and brown. ( I did mine in two batches to make sure it wasn't crowded and cooked better). If I needed to I added the cooking oil during browning. Remove the chicken to a plate.

Add the onion, peppers, mushrooms, garlic, and thyme. Sautee until just wilted. Add the tomatoes and stir around. Add the wine.

Place the chicken back on top, making sure they sit on top and don't get submerged. Place a lit on it and put it in the oven for 45 min. When the time is up, remove the lid and turn the heat up to 375 for 15 to 20 minutes, until the top of the chicken is good and crispy. This is when I make the noodles, while the chicken finishes up in the oven.

Remove the chicken and set aside. Place the drained noodles on a platter. THen scoop as much of the veggies onto the noodles. Put the pot on the stove on medium high heat, stirring frequently, the juices until they reduce by about half. Poor all that goodness on top of the veggies and noodles and sit chicken on top of that.

Dinner was over hours ago and Nick is still talking about dinner, that says something.

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