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Chicken Cacciatore

Flavorful, rich, earthy and hearty - one of the best Italian dishes you can make at home!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken, main
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 527kcal
Author: Tricia

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds bone-in, skin-on, chicken thighs (about 8)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional - more or less to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 14.5 ounce canned diced tomatoes do not drain
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 small Parmesan rind
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large red bell pepper ribs and seeds removed, chopped

Instructions

  • Heat a large Dutch oven or skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Add half the chicken and cook, skin side down, until crisp and browned. Turn the pieces over and cook another 5 minutes. Remove to a plate and continue browning in small batches until all chicken is browned. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the drippings in the pan.
  • Add the onions, mushrooms and a pinch of salt to the pan with the reserved drippings. Cook over medium-high heat until the vegetables begin to brown and the moisture evaporates.
  • Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the flour and continuing cooking and stirring for 1 more minute. Add the wine, tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaves, Parmesan rind, thyme, oregano and red bell pepper.
  • Remove the skin from the chicken and discard. Add the skinless chicken pieces to the pan, pressing them down into the sauce so they are covered. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer until the chicken is tender, about 40-45 minutes. Halfway through cooking, move the chicken pieces around and/or turn them over to ensure even cooking.
  • Remove the bay leaves and Parmesan rind and discard. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley leaves. Serve over hot cooked spaghetti or polenta.

Notes

  • You can purchase Parmesan rinds in the cheese section of most grocery stores.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. When multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.

Nutrition

Calories: 527kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 819mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1047IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg