Thursday, February 2, 2012

Chicken Cacciatore

Oh, yum!  I served it over noodles with a green salad on the side.  The recipe is straight from my Fannie Farmer cook book, which is much-stained and held together by a rubber band.

Chicken Cacciatore 

1 oz. dried mushrooms (I used porcini)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium chicken, cut in pieces (8 or more)
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 clove garlic, minced (I used three)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups canned tomatoes, drained
1/2 teaspoon allspice
Freshly ground pepper
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon thyme, crushed
Salt to taste

for the Gremolata garnish

Grated rind of one lemon
1/2 clove garlic, minced (wimps! I used 2 cloves)
3 tablespoons minced parsley

Put the mushrooms to soak for half an hour in a cup with just enough warm water to cover. Heat oil ion a large skillet and cook the chicken till lightly browned on all sides. Add the onion and saute a few minutes, then splash in the wine and let it boil up. Lower the heat and add the garlic, paste, tomatoes, and the soaked mushrooms and their liquid (carefully strained,) and the seasonings. Cover and cook slowly for about 40 minutes or until done.  Remove bay leaves, taste and add salt, if needed.   Mix together the lemon rind, garlic, and parsley and scatter over the top of each serving. 

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Martin said...

Now, there's something to brighten up a dull day. Looks yummy.

Julienne said...

Oh, I had forgotten about that! Your recipe sounds better than mine and it is something I can cook and freeze! So long since I've had it and always one of my favourites!!

Ms. A said...

That looks delicious!

designfirm said...

Looks so delicious.....

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Sounds delicious, but I bet it wasn't Fannie that put in those dried mushrooms. I think it was the very creative writer Vicki.

What a great idea and I bet they brought lots of flavor too.

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks for the compliment, Sam, but the dried mushrooms were Fannie's idea. I just increased the garlic.

Beth said...

Oh, that looks so delicious, Vicki! And I'm with you on the extra garlic---most recipes I've seen don't have NEAR enough. I just made some potato soup and put three times the garlic called for.

Brian Miller said...

yum...good thing lunch is right around the corner for this smells wonderful too...

Suz said...

oh lordie....I am going to have to make this today

Kath said...

Boy, when I first saw the blog title, I had an uncomfortable vision of chickens in the yard ...

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