I bought a family pack of chicken thighs the other day and needed a recipe that would utilize them. I haven’t been going to my Cook’s Illustrated cookbook very often because I find the recipes are sometimes overly complicated and you end up using half the appliances in your kitchen. Instead, I’ve been turning to good ol’ Betty Crocker. This Chicken Cacciatore recipe is super simple, and all the equipment you need is one large skillet. It takes a little more than an hour to whip together and the final product was simple and tasty – a great go to recipe for a snowy Saturday afternoon. I took a picture but it wasn’t nearly a nice as the one from their site, so here you go!
Classic Chicken Cacciatore
3- to 3 1/2-lb cut-up whole chicken
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4cup vegetable oil
1 medium green bell pepper
2 medium onions
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms (3 oz)
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Grated Parmesan cheese, if desired
Coat chicken with flour. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil 15 to 20 minutes or until brown on all sides; drain.
Cut bell pepper and onions crosswise in half; cut each half into fourths.
Stir bell pepper, onions and remaining ingredients except cheese into chicken in skillet. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 30 to 40 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (170°F for breasts; 180°F for thighs and legs). Serve with cheese.
Makes 6 servings
1 Serving (1 Serving)Calories 400(Calories from Fat 200),Total Fat 23g(Saturated Fat 5g,Trans Fat 0g),Cholesterol 85mg;Sodium 630mg;Total Carbohydrate 19g(Dietary Fiber 3g,Sugars 6g),Protein 30g;Percent Daily Value*:Exchanges:0 Starch;0 Fruit;0 Other Carbohydrate;0 Skim Milk;0 Low-Fat Milk;0 Milk;3 Vegetable;0 Very Lean Meat;0 Lean Meat;0 High-Fat Meat;2 Fat;Carbohydrate Choices:1;*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.