Suburban Chicken Caccitore with Fresh Tomatoes – Recipe
I really like preparing chicken dishes.
If it wasn’t for the traditional turkey for Thanksgiving, I would be just as happy to roast a chicken for that meal as well.
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- 3 chicken leg quarters (split into thighs and drumsticks)
- 2 Tbs. canola oil (for frying)
- 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3/4 cup white wine
- 1 cup chicken broth (0r 1 chicken bullion dissolved in 1 cup water)
- 6-8 medium tomatoes, cut into chunks
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/4 cup diced Green Chilies (1/2 of 4 oz can)
- 2 tsp. dry oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- Trim off excess fat from the chicken leg quarters, and split them in half, to form thighs and drumsticks.
- Heat the electric skillet to 350 degrees.
- Add 2 Tbs. of canola oil, or olive oil, if you prefer.
- Combine the flour, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl, or a dish.
- Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mixture, until well coated.
- Place chicken in the warm skillet, and brown for about 10 minutes on each side.
- Chop the onion and garlic.
- Remove the chicken from the skillet, and set aside.
- Add the onion and garlic, and saute until translucent (3-5 minutes).
- Add wine, and cook another 5 minutes, to reduce liquid to about half.
- Cut tomatoes into chunks, and add them to the skillet. (If you prefer peeled tomatoes, blanch them in hot water for couple of minutes, then place them in ice-cold water for couple of minutes, then peel of the skin before cutting).
- Mix in oregano, green chilies, chicken broth, tomato paste, and bay leaf.
- Bring to boil.
- Season with additional salt and pepper, to your taste.
- Add the chicken pieces. Pour some of the sauce over them.
- Cover and simmer at 300 degrees, for 30 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 275 degrees, turn the chicken pieces over, and simmer covered, for another 15 minutes.
- Remove bay leaf.
- Serve over pasta, with at least 1/2 cup of the sauce poured over the chicken, spilling over into the pasta.
- Chop fresh Basil, and sprinkle over the chicken, just before serving.