With cooler temps on the way I am getting excited about cooking again. So, I thought this would be a great time to start a new thing on my blog and share some of our favorite dinner recipes. Tonight it's Chicken Cacciatore! One of our personal favorites. I haven't made in ages so the kids were very excited when the asked me "What's for dinner tonight mom?" Currently, it's simmering on the stove and it smells fantastic. I am using Tyler Florence's recipe tonight and I really have to say it is "The Ultimate" He serves it up with polenta, but I don't think I could get the kids to eat that. Instead, I serve it up with some delish Penne and a nice green salad.
- 6 red bell peppers
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 egg
- 2 cups milk
- 1 (3 1/2-pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
- 6 garlic cloves, halved lengthwise
- 1 onion, sliced thin
- 2 ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 lemon, sliced in paper-thin circles
- 3 anchovy fillets
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 bunch fresh basil, hand-torn (1/4 bunch to flavor the base, 1/4 bunch to finish the dish)
- 1 cup dry white wine
Start by preparing the peppers because they will take the longest. Preheat the broiler. Pull out the cores of the red peppers; then halve them lengthwise and remove the ribs and seeds. Toss the peppers with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place them on a cookie sheet, skin side up, and broil for 10 minutes, until really charred and blistered. Put the peppers into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and steam for about 10 minutes to loosen the skins. Peel the peppers and roughly chop into chunks; set aside.
Season the flour with the garlic powder, dried oregano, and a fair amount of salt and pepper. Whisk the egg and milk together in a shallow bowl. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour and tap off the excess. Dip each piece in the egg wash to coat and then dredge with the flour again. Place a Dutch oven over medium heat and pour in about 1/4-inch of oil. Pan-fry the chicken in batches, skin side down, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Turn the chicken over and brown the other side about 10 minutes longer. Remove the chicken to a side plate, pour out the oil, and clean out the pot.
Put the pot back on the stove and coat with 1/4 cup of oil. Add the garlic, onion, tomatoes, lemon slices, anchovies, capers, red pepper flakes, half the roasted red peppers, and half the basil. Season with salt and pepper. This part of the recipe is going to be your base. What we are looking for is a fragrant vegetable pulp, so simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring often, until everything breaks down.
Add the remaining roasted peppers and the remaining basil. Tuck the chicken into the stewed peppers and pour in the wine. Turn the heat down to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked.
What are you having for dinner tonight?