Chicken Cacciatore

it: Pollo alla Cacciatora

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 3 to 3 pound chicken, cut into 8 serving pieces (2 wings, 2 legs, 2 thighs, and each breast cut in half crosswise)
  • 1 medium onion, peeled, halved, and thinly sliced, or 3 large cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • cup dry white wine
  • teaspoon salt
  • big pinch hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 can 400 grams Annalisa cherry tomatoes
  • cup black olives
  • cup capers

Serves 4; Preparation: 10 minutes; Cooking Time: 55 minutes; Level of difficulty: Simple

In a 10 to 12 inch saut pan with cover, heat the oil over medium-high heat, and when it is hot, brown the chicken on the skin side first, then the underside. Do not crowd the pan. Brown the chicken in batches if necessary, setting aside the browned chicken on a plate until the rest is done. When the last few pieces of chicken are almost browned and still in the pan, add the onion and rosemary and saut until the onion is tender.

Arrange all the browned chicken in the pan, skin side up, and add the white wine. Season with salt and hot red pepper flakes, then let the wine cook until it has almost entirely evaporated, just a couple of minutes. While it is reducing, turn the chicken in the liquid once or twice, but leave it skin side up at the end. Add the tomatoes, olives and capers. Cover the pan, lower the heat, and let cook at a gentle simmer, without turning, for about 30 minutes, or until the chicken is done.

Remove the chicken to a serving platter, increase the heat to high, and let the sauce reduce for about 2 minutes. In the end, the sauce will be a creamy pink.

Pour the sauce over the chicken or use it to dress pasta (reserving some for the chicken) and serve immediately.

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