The word “cacciatore” means "hunter-style" in Italian. This mouthwatering dish emerged in central Italy during the Renaissance period.
Chicken cacciatore is a meal made with chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, herbs and sometimes wine. Different regions use different variations. For example, red wine is used in southern Italy, and white wine is used in northern Italy.
It is quite easy to make chicken cacciatore. A basic cacciatore recipe usually begins by heating a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan. Sprinkle salt and pepper on chicken parts and sear them in the heated oil for three to four minutes on each side. Remove chicken from the pan and pour off the fat. Use the fat to fry the onions, peppers and other vegetables for several minutes. Add a small can of peeled tomatoes with oregano and red wine. Add a bay leaf, fresh crushed rosemary and a chopped carrot.
Return the seared chicken parts to the pan and cover them. Simmer the dish for about an hour. Chicken cacciatore is served over spaghetti. Eat with rustic bread and a fresh salad.
Make this delicious dish to celebrate National Chicken Cacciatore Day. If you don't feel up to making it, take your family out to an Italian restaurant. Chicken cacciatore is sure to be on the menu.