Chicken Cacciatore

Whether we go out to dinner or stay at home, date nights are the best.  Especially after a long, stressful week.

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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.)

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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.

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