First a very quick Italian lesson. The verb to hunt is cacciare, pronounced cah-chya-ray. Cacciatore, pronounced cah-chya-tor-ray is the noun derivative, meaning hunter. Hence, Chicken alla Cacciatore means Hunter Style Chicken or chopped up in pieces.
Despite the name, this dish is very tasty and you get to chose the pieces that you prefer from the casserole both white and dark meat.
My mom Sara perfected this dish which my dad had taught her how to make.. In fact it was so good that we entered it in a cooking contest. It didn’t win but in my book it was #1 and is still the recipe I use to make this great popular Italian dish.
This is what you need to prepare the dish:
- 2 cut up chickens (5-6 lbs. each) (your butcher can cut them up)
- 1 medium sized onion, sliced
- 2 cans sweet sugar peas, small size are tastier
- 5 lbs of red, green, and yellow peppers, cleaned of all seeds and sliced thin
- 3 0z white wine
- Italian olive oil
- Sprigs of fresh basil leaves
- 1 large can (32 oz) of Italian San Marzano tomatoes (place in bowl)
- 1 very large baking pan or casserole dish
- Completely cover the bottom of your baking pan or ovenware with Italian olive oil.
- Places pieces of chicken (salt and peppered if desired) and sliced onion in the pan or ovenware and place in a 350. degree oven for 1 and ½ hours.
- In a frying pan slowly fry thinly sliced peppers until they are soft. Pay attention not to burn the skin of peppers.
- Drain the peppers on paper toweling.
- After 1 ½ hrs. place the peppers and peas in the pan with the chicken , making sure no pieces of chicken are stuck to the bottom of the pan. If so add a bit more olive oil to keep the chicken from sticking.
- Sprinkle a few leaves of fresh basil throughout.
- Lightly crush the Italian tomatoes with a potato masher or a fork and add the wine to the tomatoes.
- Pour the tomatoes and the wine over the entire combination of chicken, peppers, peas, onion and basil.
- Let the casserole simmer in the oven for another 15-20 minutes.
- This colorful dish makes a most attractive and appetizing casserole. Serve hot.
Tested in theTHASC kitchen from the kitchen of Mamma Sara.
Buon Appetito! Enjoy!
See you Thursday!