Saturday, July 28, 2018

Easy Recipe: Stockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Cheat: this photo is from the Food Network. But it gives you an idea of what the finished dish will look like with the onions, peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms.

Easy Recipe:
Stockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Good afternoon, Delivered Ones! Today I present you with a fancy-sounding dish which is actually super-easy to prepare.
I got this recipe from Cathy Mitchell's Dump for Diabetics cookbook. I don't know what kind of skillet Cathy has, but my skillet would never contain all these ingredients. I used my stockpot instead.
I suggest keeping a bottle of Italian dressing on hand. It works nicely to enhance meat dishes, and you can always whip up a simple salad to go with your meal as well. I just use good old inexpensive Kraft, but you can use whatever you want.
And now, our recipe.

You will need:
3 pounds chicken thighs. I got the skinned and boned variety. It costs a bit more but is worth it to me not to have to deal with the hassle of skinning and removing the bones myself.
Italian dressing
1 can diced tomatoes with garlic. I used Del Monte diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil.
One bag frozen peppers and onions
1 cup sliced mushrooms. Or, if you're me, and you really like mushrooms, just use the whole 8 oz box of sliced mushrooms. You could also use canned or bottled mushrooms.

Heat stockpot over medium heat. Pour in 1/2 cup Italian dressing. Cook chicken thighs until brown on all sides. They do not need to be completely cooked, but browning the surface beforehand helps seal in the flavor. I went about 10 minutes on each side.
Add your can of diced tomatoes with garlic, the bag of frozen peppers and onions, and cup (or 8 oz box) of sliced mushrooms. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover stockpot. My stockpot's lid got broken a long time ago, so I used my small pizza pan to cover the stockpot. It ain't pretty, but it works.
The original recipe says to cook for 30 minutes. If you're waiting for someone, you can reduce the heat to low and keep the food warm until your friend/family member joins you.

Depending on the number of people you are feeding, this dish will either be gone in one sitting, or you will have leftovers which you can freeze for a quick meal later. Serve with a side salad and noodles or potatoes if you wish.


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