Recipe: “Quick” Chicken Cacciatore


My mother makes this for us when she visits since it is something she can make in bulk and it freezes really well.   However, it usually is an all-day process since she makes enough for like 50 people (think Italian heritage), she lets it stew for a while, and also uses up all these different pans and huge pots.   I’ve adapted her recipe to be working-mom friendly — so this may be hit or miss (would like your opinion please).   Ideally you would like to get all the ingredients together and chop/slice the night before.   This takes some time and best for you to start with the prepared ingredients while your kids are screaming and hanging on your work clothes.   This recipe adapted from one submitted by Mama L from Bensalem, PA (thanks Mom).

“Quick” Chicken Cacciatore

Ingredients:

  • boneless chicken breasts (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • green peppers, red peppers — seeded and cut into strips [best to do night before]
  • onions – cut into strips [best to do night before]
  • garlic
  • tomato sauce
  • olive oil
  • seasonings to taste – basil, oregano, salt, pepper
  • grated parmesan or loccatelli cheese
  • tomatoes (optional)
We do this recipe by eye and don’t really use measurements — I guess a good rule of thumb is for every chicken breast use two peppers and one small onion.    Use enough tomato sauce to get the consistency that will work best for  your family
Cooking:
In a large high-walled skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil and saute the onions and garlic until the onions are soft.  Add the boneless chicken breasts and seasonings and saute until chicken browns.   Add peppers and saute until soft.   Add tomatoes/tomato sauce last.   Turn down heat and let simmer together for 10 – 15 min.   Serve with grated cheese.  You can serve on its own or it also goes well over pasta or rice.
Prep time:   15 min
Cook time:  20 – 30 min
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