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Southern Chicken Cacciatore

Southern Chicken Cacciatore

This is a quick, clean, single pot feast! This chicken cacciatore is of the Southern variety, as it uses "red sauce" instead of olive oil for the base. It is a really simple yet extremely strong-flavored dish that you can serve on a bed of mixed greens, or along with polenta, pasta or orzo if you'd like. Cacciatore means "hunter" in Italian, so a directly titled dish, nearly called "meat". Traditionally, it often additionally uses bell peppers and a touch of white wine. In this cleaned up version I've left out the hooch, but feel free to put some extra goodies in there if you are not as concerned with keeping this recipe totally tidy.

Southern Chicken Cacciatore 

  • 2-3 chicken breasts, sliced thin
  • 2 cups whole canned tomatoes 
  • 1 white onion, cut into rings
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 2 tbsp basil paste
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives

Place a large pan over medium heat. While the pan is warming, slice the chicken breasts into thin slices (not strips!), cross-section style. This step isn't necessary, but I prefer a thin piece of chicken for this dish. Feel free to ignore and just leave the breast in tact. Place chicken over bottom of pan, without overlapping. Top with 2 cups of whole, canned tomatoes, strained. As you add the tomatoes to the pot, squeeze them in your fingers to break them apart before you place them. 

Chop onion into medium sized rings, and place over chicken evenly. Peel and smash garlic cloves and drop blobs of the basil paste throughout. Sprinkle dish with Italian seasoning, evenly spread olives throughout the dish, and top with rosemary sprigs. 

Cover the pot on medium heat, and allow to begin to boil and cook for about 10 minutes. Turn chicken pieces as needed. About 5 minutes before chicken is finished cooking, pour off nearly all of the liquid and turn the heat up high. Ensure your chicken is touching the bottom of the pan to brown slightly. Turn quickly. Remove from heat and plate immediately. 

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