Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chicken Cacciatore


I love Curtis Stone, and was  excited to see the blog event at Zoe's  Cook like A Star series that they were all cooking Curtis Stone recipes.  This is my first time taking part in  such an event so am very excited about it.


I have made chicken cacciatore before but this one was  more delicious as  it used fresh ripe tomatoes which melts into a delicious sauce once cooked. Here in Maldives chicken is sold frozen , its either curry cuts or drumstick or whole chicken. So I used  chicken cut pieces instead of chicken thighs although I have to say chicken thigh is my favourite part of the chicken.

Recipe : Chicken Cacciatore  recipe  adapted from Curtis Stone's Chicken Cacciatore

2 tbsp olive oil
500g chicken pieces , skinned
salt
1/4 tsp pepper
6 button mushrooms
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 a medium onion
4 garlic,  minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
5 medium very ripe tomatoes ( I bought mine from Seagull foods), finely chopped
1  chicken stock cube
1 cup hot water
6 black olives, pitted and finely chopped
a few basil leaves
1 tbsp finely chopped  parsley

1. Heat oil in a deep frying pan or  casserole pot. Season chicken pieces with  1/4 tsp salt and  1/4 tsp pepper.  Fry the chicken pieces in olive oil till  golden . Remove to a bowl.

2. Add mushrooms , and saute' for 2 minutes till they go soft. Then add onion, bell pepper, and saute for a few minutes till they soften.

3. Stir in garlic , thyme, oregano and bayleaf, chilli flakes .  Add the tomatoes, and olives , and cook a minute.

4. Mix the stock cube into the hot water and pour this into the tomato mixture in the pan . Bring the mixture to a simmer and lower heat .

5. Return the chicken pieces to the pan and simmer uncovered for  30- 40 minutes till chicken is cooked through and sauce is reduced and thick.

6. Finally stir in finely chopped basil ( if available) and parsley. Serve with some nice crusty bread to mop up the delicious sauce.

Enjoy!!. I made this to break my fast and almost forgot to take the picture :D.

This post is linked to Cook like A  Star hosted by Zoe from Bake for Happy kids







6 comments:

  1. Very tempting n mouthwatering dish Nammi...

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  2. I love Curtis Stone's recipes. They're easy to follow and delicious like this one here. So yummy!

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  3. scrumptious looking hunter's chicken, a must try :-)

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  4. Hi Nammi thanks for joining us in this bloghop, hopefully see u more in our future "events". ;)

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  5. This is so delicious. I love sauce a lot.

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  6. I would love to try this, looks yummy ..

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