Slow-Cooked Chicken Cacciatore a/k/a Chicken Hunter Style
Tomorrow morning I’m taking the crock pot and gonna cook up a storm. I need to make a couple of meals and freeze some of them. If I don’t, I find myself coming home late and too tired to cook and that leads to ordering in or eating junk. Either way it’s no good, one costs too much money and the other ends up being empty calories. So tomorrow morning I’ll make the Chicken Cacciatore and give my husband a real meal and freeze the rest.
3 lbs cut up chicken (split chicken breasts and thighs)
Flour for searing
2 TBS olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
8 oz of baby bella mushrooms sliced
2 cups diced green peppers and onions
1 cup dry red wine
1 pkg (24 oz) of seasoned tomato sauce.
Salt and pepper to taste
Dust chicken with searing flour
Heat oil on MEDIUM in large braising pan; add chicken. Brown lightly on all sides, 8-10 minutes. Transfer chicken to slow cooker. Discard all but 1 TBS oil.
Add garlic, mushrooms, peppers and onions to pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes, until vegetables soften slightly. Add wine; cook 1-2 minutes. Add Italian seasoning and tomato sauce; stir. Bring to simmer and remove from heat.
Add sauce mixture carefully to slow cooker. Cover; cook 3-4 hours on HIGH or 6-7 hours on LOW. Season to taste with salt and pepper. I’m going to add some red pepper flakes too. Serve over pasta or rice.
And omg, this house is going to smell DEE-LICIOUS tomorrow!
Recipe from Wegman’s Menu Magazine Fall 2009