Love me some Chicken Cacciatore! It’s so delicious and saucy with all the Italian goodness of the seasoning and a subtle sweetness in the sauce and goes perfectly served over this Pappardelle Pasta.
The chicken stays juicy braised first in a light dusting of flour, then simmered in a simple sauce on the stove, so much depth of flavor in such a short time. It looks like you worked hard on this impressive dinner for guests, but it’s so simple. I remember being so proud of myself the first time I made Chicken Cacciatore as a newlywed many years ago, in the 70’s, and it’s been a staple in my kitchen ever since.
I found it back then in my old Betty Crocker cook book from 1972, for some reason it seemed so much more complicated back then, but I didn’t have much experience cooking so everything seems more complicated to me. Once you get used to cooking everyday it gets way easier, so if your new to cooking this one is pretty simple, but looks like you worked hard.
This is a hearty meal for these cold days when it seems like winter is just never gonna end. It’s almost mid February and we’re starting to see signs of spring at the stores like spring clothes and garden supplies showing up. YAY! It can’t come soon enough for me, because we’re still getting the whole wintery mix stuff, you just never know how slick the street is going to be. So it just needs to hurry up and stay above freezing so we can all get outside and fire up the grill again!
Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian, and it is hunters who first ate this dish. In fact, it is thought that the first Chicken Cacciatore was not made with chicken at all, but with rabbit or other wild game sometime during the Renaissance period, so between the 14th and 16th centuries. Chicken Cacciatore’s simple but delicious recipe was likely developed to satisfy the appetites of hunters who may have been on the track of a larger animal or herd of animals for several days, and who needed a tasty, filling stew that could easily be cooked outdoors to keep them going.
What can you serve with this Chicken Cacciatore?
- For low carb, you can serve over Cauliflower rice or use Zucchini Noodles
- Looking for something besides pasta you can serve with mashed potatoes or soft polenta.
- If you don’t want to use wine, you can substitute apple juice.
- Freeze any leftovers for up to three months
- If you’d like more veggies, you can also add a couple diced carrots and celery
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