Chicken Cacciatore

We’reeeeeee backkkk! Finally! Finally home! It was a long three days in the car with the Hubs while he listened to Barry Manilow (yes, my husband is 85 years old) and hockey games on satellite radio. Thankfully, we didn’t have any major problems on our cross-country drive. We had some crappy weather on the 2nd day through Texas, but that was it for bad weather! The only other mishaps were related to food. Let me just say that one of my least favorite things about driving for so long is food. I don’t want to eat fast food every day. I refuse to eat it. Subway and Chick-Fil-A are acceptable for me, maybe the occasional Wendy’s. Other than that, no thank you! But, of course, the only places that are always everywhere are McDonald’s and Taco Bell. And no, I do not want to eat a spicy bean burrito while driving across the country. Hubs and I also don’t like to stop and eat, we just wanted to get home so food was always on the go! I was thrilled on the second night when we found a Mimi’s Cafe and I had some salad and fresh fruit! We packed some snacks that weren’t too bad, but we had to use the GPS to find food options each day of the drive. Seems simple enough, except for the fact that I haven’t updated my GPS in like 3 years! Thus, Sally (my GPS lady) is nothing but a big liar. She led us to places that no longer existed! Stupid Sally…

Do you guys ever take long road trips? If so, what are your favorite foods for the road? How do you stay healthy while traveling?

Since I have been driving across the country, I am going to share another great recipe from my friend, Amanda. After eating one too many sandwiches over the last few days, this chicken cacciatore has me salivating! I hope you guys enjoy the recipe and I will be back to regular posting on Monday! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Chicken Cacciatore

Yield: serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour, for dredging
  •  3 tbs. olive oil
  • 8 fresh plum tomatoes, chopped, seeds removed
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut in strips
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves

Directions:

 

  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken pieces in the flour to coat lightly.
  2. In large pan, heat the oil over a medium heat. Add chicken pieces to pan and saute until brown on both sides. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add the bell pepper, onion, and garlic to the pan that the chicken was in and saute over medium heat until the onion is softened. Season with salt/pepper. Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half. Add the tomatoes, mushrooms, broth, and oregano.
  4. Return the chicken to pan. Turn and coat in the sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Cover and continue simmering over medium-low heat until the chicken is cooked through (20-30 minutes).

 

  • I always use chicken on the bone, because it adds flavor. However, you can use boneless chicken.
  • You can use skinless chicken to reduce calories/fat.
  • Removing seeds of fresh tomatoes reduces bitterness.
  • You can use canned tomatoes if you want.
  • White meat(breast) depending on thickness will need less time than dark meat (thigh). You can stagger the times you place the chicken in the pan with the tomatoes, so that you put the white meat in about 5-10 minutes after the dark meat (dark meat needs about 30 minutes and white meat needs about 20 minutes of cook time).

   

31 comments

  1. There’s no such a thing as eating healthy when we travel. We just let go to wanting to many types of food but when we get back home, its back to alignment on eating healthy, mostly starting with soups and salad.

    This is such wonderful chicken recipe and nice blending with all the herbs, what more nice outcome. You too have a great weekend.

  2. I LOVE chicken cacciatore! I always love to experiment with new cacciatore recipes I find. I need to check out yours. Recently we drove from SF to SD…and you are right about junk food along the way… We stopped by in-n-out feeling a bit better than McD, but still, we needed real home cooked meal after the trip! Have a great weekend!

  3. This is a tasty chicken recipe and it has been some time since I have enjoyed this dish, very inspiriing. Have not a clue where I put the old recipe for this, but hey-glad to add this new recipe into my stash!
    It was horrible weather the other day and I am glad you got back home safely. Mimi’s is not a bad choice, they do have some tasty as well as healthy dishes there. Rest up from the trip and enjoy the weekend Steph!

  4. So glad you’re home at last…safe and sound. :) I really dislike long road trips and for you to basically drive to CA and back twice almost twice consecutively… is beyond me. It’s the sheer boredom of sitting looking out of a car window all day long that gets me, plus the food. I don’t like fast food either. I would hit a Chinese restaurant and eat PBandJ sandwiches before going to Taco Hell or MickeyD’s. I had to laugh at the mention of Barry… I love him too. I also love Neil Diamond! :) Now hockey… I could not do. I dislike talk radio. It’s a testament to your marriage that you can do these two trips without killing each other. :) Now onto the lovely dish before me. I love chicken cacciatore and this looks really yummy! I know it must have tasted wonderful after all that roadside food. :) Welcome back! ~ Ramona

  5. Yum! I made a chicken cacciatore earlier this week too, only I used canned tomatoes, Im going to try fresh instead next time like your recipe calls for, looks great! I also can’t do McDonald’s on the road… the last road trip I went on I had so many subway sandwiches I still can’t go back :)

  6. Oh yumm! I love chicken cacciatore, and yours looks like a deliiicious version! :)

  7. What a simple, warming recipe!! LOVE this!!

  8. Glad you guys made it back safe and relatively sound. Now I can breathe again. Hate to eat fast food. Love chicken cacciatore, and will be making this very soon. Making your pulled pork sandwiches this weekend.

  9. I bet you’ll update that sucker now!! Glad you made it home safely!

  10. What a delicious recipe! I love chicken cacciatore. We often travel across the country for family vacations or to visit family. Sometimes we plan ahead, and I make up a few lunches so we don’t have to eat fast food. But my kids don’t mind the fast food, so we usually end up having some of that too.

  11. Hate when the GPS is wrong! Couldn’t live without the GPS, but hate it when it is wrong!
    Chicken looks wonderful. Great meal to come home to!

  12. this looks great! I have never actually made Chicken Cacciatore for some reason. I think it’s time to change that :-)

    Also, let your hubby know that he’s not the only 85 year old :-P

  13. I always look forward to a homemade meal after traveling. Chick-Fil-A is about the only road food I get excited for. This looks like a yummy dish.

  14. Three days in the car listening to Barry Manilow? You have my sympathy. This looks absolutely amazing, a perfect coming-home meal.

  15. What a yummy hearty treat for a cold day like today. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I do take long road trips every year, often up north to my cottage. There’s a little convenient store right smack in the middle of nowhere on our way back, and we always pop in for the sake of tradition!

  17. This is a meal I am sure I would love! It looks so good!!

  18. This looks amazing, would love to eat that for dinner!!!

  19. This chicken looks fantastic! It’s such a perfect comfort food, weeknight meal. My least favorite parts of road trips are the food and music…the husband and I never agree! I try to pack a cooler of snacks with sandwich prep items and fresh fruit for lunch and yogurt and granola for breakfast. Then, at least I can get two healthy meals in and splurge on dinner. I hate the feeling of fast food sitting in your stomach when all you’ve done is sit in the car all day. Safe travels!

  20. This looks delicious! My hubby and I took a 5 week criss-cross country road trip a little over a year ago. We had a BLAST! While I LOVE McDonalds (they have the best diet soda mix around) I try to be a good girl.

    We ate light in the morning and usually what the hotel served. Many of them offer yogurts, fresh fruits and a LOT of them offer hard boiled eggs. Easy, healthy and portable!

    For lunch, we always took a cooler and packed sandwich items. I found a resource for individual packs of mayo & mustard so we didn’t need to refrigerate them.

    Dinner was at a SIT DOWN restaurant since we didn’t really shell out for breakfast and lunch. It was a good mix for us and we enjoyed every mile!

  21. Too funny! I’d be the one listening to the Barry Manilow and the family would either being groaning or wearing headphones :) Great recipe…it would be a crowd pleaser! Thanks, Amanda (and you, too!).

  22. I love Chicken Cacciatore. It’s such a colorful chicken dish, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like it. Glad you’re back from your road trip, and it’s cute that your hubby loves Manilow!

  23. THis is such a delicious recipe – perfect for a cold night. So glad to have found your blog – I’ve signed up to follow and I’m looking forward to many more wonderful recipes!
    Mary x

  24. Yay! Welcome home… and what a lovely recipe to share – it looks perfect for a week night meal; warming, colourful and full of flavour. A big thank you to Amanda!

  25. Oh, long road trips are the absolute worst for food! We often pack 10 peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and fruit and eat those on the road with an occasional stop at a restaurant along the way. I bet this chicken cacciatore sounds out of this world after being on the road for 3 days. Ugh. Welcome home!

  26. This looks SO good! I am always a fan of chicken cacciatore

  27. Your cacciatore looks delish! My husband loves road trips. He loves to drive, listen to music and ugghhh stop for fast food. I’m with you, maybe some fries or a sandwhich along the way, but eating back to back fast food meals is not appealing to me. Our road trips end up with me and my husband sending a few hours talking politics, then I usually fall asleep. The kids sit in the back and watch movies or sing to whatever my husband is playing and beg for snacks every five minutes. However, every road trip we’ve taken has ended up being a fun experience. I hope you all are having a great time!

  28. Thanks for all of the nice comments guys! I enjoyed reading all of your tips for eating on the road!

  29. I see mushrooms in the picture, but none are listed in the ingredients. Could you explain?

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