Wednesday, October 3, 2007

CHICKEN CACCIATORE


This is for my mother in law Sue and my sister in law Lisa, I made this recipe of slow cooker chicken cacciatore last week for a pregnant friend who is on bed rest (i know how that goes) and my both of them were here at my house the day i made it, and since they know what I non-cooker I am, I think they figured if i could do it anyone could so here is the super easy and yummy recipe.
Enjoy!!

Ingredients
1/2 cup flour
salt and freshly ground pepper
Whole chicken (I bought mine already cut up, but bone in) 8 serving pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 yellow onion
4 garlic cloves minced
3/4 cup dry red wine (I just used some from a bottle of wine eric and I were given at our hotel in greece, we brought it home to use for cooking and it wasnt called red wine but it was red and it was wine so I figured what the heck)
3/4 cup of chicken broth
1 can crushed plum tomatoes
1 tablespoon dried oregano
6 oz. of sliced button or cremini mushrooms

Ok now on a large plate, stir the flour, 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper all together. Then coat the chicken evenly with the flour mixture. In a large frying pan over medium high heat warm the oil. Add the chicken skin side down, you can do it in batched if your pan is not large enough. Now brown the chicken, about 6 minutes then turn it over on the second side cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes for this side. Then put the chicken in the slow cooker.
Now return the fry pan to medium high heat, add the peppers, onion and garlic and saute until they start to soften about 3 minutes. Now pur in the wine and chicken broth and deglaze the pan, scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pan from the chicken. Stir in the tomatoes and oregano and let it simmer. Then pour the mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker. Cook on high setting for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
Then about 10 minutes before the cook time is up and you are about ready to serve stir in the mushrooms, and season to taste with a little more salt and pepper.

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