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Thursday, November 3, 2011

FTF: Chicken Cacciatore

I always wanted to try this dish, but didn't get the chance of cooking it till today. I did it with a twists. I omitted wine, and replaced the diced tomatoes to stewed tomatoes. I didn't not have red and green pepper, so I used pimento instead. It turned out to be good considering it was my first time to make this Italian dish. Hubby told me that he liked it :-).


4 chicken thighs
2 chicken breasts with skin and backbone, halved crosswise
2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3/4 cup  water
1 ( 28-ounce) can diced stewed tomatoes with juice
1 small can of mushrooms
3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons drained capers
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves


1. Sprinkle the chicken pieces with 1 teaspoon of each salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour to coat lightly.

2. In a large heavy saute pan, heat the oil over a medium-high flame. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and saute just until brown, about 5 minutes per side. If all the chicken does not fit in the pan, saute it in 2 batches. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.

3. Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic to the same pan and saute over medium heat until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add water reduced by half, about 3 minutes.

4. Add the tomatoes with their juice, broth, capers and oregano, and mushrooms. Return the chicken pieces to the pan and turn them to coat in the sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Continue simmering over medium-low heat until the chicken is just cooked through, about 30 minutes for the breast pieces, and 20 minutes for the thighs.

5. Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a platter. If necessary, boil the sauce until it thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Spoon off any excess fat from atop the sauce. Spoon the sauce over the chicken, then sprinkle with the basil and serve.

And now, I made it my entry for FTF this week. Bona Pettit!



  1. That's a delicious-looking Italian chicken dish! Happy FTF! Here's my entry:

  2. It looks very delicious, i will copy your recipe and will try cooking it, i am really looking for chicken recipes because my boys are into chicken, malapit na nga kami tubuan ng pakpak ahaha :)

  3. DELICIOSO! ♥ this blog made me oh so hungry! I love cooking!

  4. My family loves chicken, and i'm running out of ideas on what to do with them. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Happy FTF! here's my entry:

  5. cacciatore pala ang tawag dito. i cook this at home, sometimes with oregano and basil, sometimes with just basil, always with white wine. i also add black olives.

    not bad for a first try! sarap.

  6. your food make me hungry again ces, i want to try this but after looking through all the instructions and things needed waaaa wala ko ana mao tulon nlng ko sa ako laway ces hehehe

  7. looks like a yummy dish :)) . is there something left for me ?? hehe I also love cooking , wish I could find time also to cook !

  8. Ahhhh... this looks good! Very appetizing.

  9. Ang sarapppp tingnan Cez...gayahin ko kaya yan..thanks for sharing the recipe. visting from ftf.

  10. ang sarap naman .favorite ng mga anak ko yan

  11. yum...looks very delicious, am drooling :-) Dropping some love for Food Trip Friday, hope that you can visit me back too