Whether we go out to dinner or stay at home, date nights are the best. Especially after a long, stressful week.
On Friday night, I spent some time in the kitchen prepping food for Saturday. But in between that, I put some love into our dinner. Chicken Cacciatore has been on my “want to cook” list for a while now. Warm, comforting and hearty. It’s really the perfect fall dinner.
I don’t cook (and we don’t eat) a lot of Italian but this dish wasn’t “heavy” like a lot of pasta dishes you traditionally think of when you hear “Italian food.” After a little Google search, I learned that “cacciatore” means “hunter” in Italian. “Hunter-style” refers to a dish that’s prepared with tomatoes, onions, herbs and bell peppers. All of which were in this particular dish.
The chicken is browned on the stove-top and then transferred to the oven on top of the tomato “sauce” where it is cooked through. (The only change I made to the recipe was using boneless chicken thighs instead of bone-in.)
Perhaps not the prettiest dinner but the sauce was so flavorful. It tasted as though it had been cooking all day long. Tender vegetables and fork-tender chicken. All served with a glass of red wine. Which I’m still trying to like (hence my small pour). Big Guy joked he could have just eaten the sauce – it was that good.
Top the chicken cacciatore with shaved Parmesan for a rich, salty addition to the dish.
Plan a date night at home soon. And it wouldn’t hurt to make Chicken Cacciatore, either.