There is always so much one can do with chicken – it is one of the most versatile of all meats and I cook with it often! I always buy the best chicken I can find, and lately that has been the organic chicken they sell at Costco in the refrigerated section. They carry boneless skinless thighs and breasts, and drumsticks. They come in 3 packages connected together- with each package containing several pieces of chicken that are just the right size for a meal for my family of 4.
For last night’s dinner, I used the drumsticks, but you can use a cut up whole chicken if you prefer.
Pollo alla Cacciatore
Chicken alla Cacciatore (Hunter’s Chicken)
6 drumsticks, skin removed
Flour for dredging
1/2 onion, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1/2 lb. mushrooms, chopped (you can use any kind, even dried porcinis if you want)
2 tomatoes, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup white wine
1 cup chicken broth (or mushroom soaking water if you use dry mushrooms)
1/2 cup tomato sauce
Herbs you like such as rosemary, sage, oregano or thyme – chopped fine
Salt & pepper to taste
Olive oil for cooking
Salt and pepper the chicken and dredge it in some flour, shaking off the excess.
Brown the chicken in some olive oil until it is browned on all sides. Remove and set aside.
Saute the onions, garlic, celery, carrots and mushrooms in some additional olive oil until the vegetables are soft.
Add the tomatoes and herbs and cook for a couple of minutes.
Increase the heat and add the white wine. Boil it all together for a few minutes until some of the wine has evaporated.
Dissolve a spoonful of flour in about 3 T. of water and add it to the vegetable mixture. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes.
Add the broth (or mushroom water) and tomato sauce and cook for a few minutes.
Return the chicken to the pan and spoon some of the vegetables on top of it. Turn the heat down, cover and cook for about 15 minutes, then turn the chicken over and cook until done – around 15 more minutes. Be careful not to burn the chicken or vegetables.