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Chicken Cacciatore

(Shared recipe submitted by David Beale.)

Serves 4

David writes: "This famous dish, one of the most popular Italian imports, can be prepared ahead and warmed up at serving time and, if there should happen to be any left over, it is just as good the next day. The name means 'hunter's style', possibly because the dish always contains mushrooms."


   Seasoning Mix    Main Ingredients

Combine the seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the seasoning mix evenly over the chicken and rub it in well. Pour the tomatoes and their liquid into a bowl and crush them with your hands.

Heat the oil in a heavy 5-quart pot over high heat until very hot, about 4 minutes. Add the chicken pieces, skin side down, and cook, turning once or twice, until just golden brown on all sides, about 8 to 10 minutes. You may have to cook the chicken in batches. Remove the chicken to a bowl and set aside. Add the chopped onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms to the oil in the pot and scrape up all the browned bits on the bottom. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are lightly browned and beginning to stick to the pot, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2-cup of the wine and scrape the pot bottom clean. Cook, stirring occasionally for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook, scraping the bottom of the pot from time to time, about 4 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the seasoning mix and cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and the minced garlic, scrape the bottom of the pot clean, and bring to a bubbling boil. Add the remaining seasoning mix, the remaining 1/2-cup wine, and 1 cup of the stock. Stir in the julienne onions and bell peppers and the sliced garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes.

Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pot, stir and bring to a bubbling boil. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 cup stock, cover, and simmer for 7 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and simmer for 5 minutes. The sauce should be a rich, dark reddish brown. Serve 2 pieces of chicken per person with about 1 cup of sauce over your favorite pasta, and you can freeze any leftover sauce for another pasta dinner.

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