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Chicken Cacciatore

(recipe, LB Nichols)

Introduction (Giada) 40mins


  1. * 4 chicken thighs
  2. * 2 chicken breasts with skin and backbone, halved crosswise
  3. * 2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
  4. * 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  5. * ½ cup all purpose flour, for dredging
  6. * 3 tablespoons olive oil
  7. * 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  8. * 1 onion, chopped
  9. * 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  10. * ¾ cup dry white wine
  11. * 1 ( 28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  12. * ¾ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  13. * 3 tablespoons drained capers
  14. * 1½ teaspoons dried oregano leaves
  15. * ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves


  1. Sprinkle the chicken pieces with 1 teaspoon of each salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour to coat lightly.
  2. In a large heavy saute pan, heat the oil over a medium-high flame. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and saute just until brown, about 5 minutes per side. If all the chicken does not fit in the pan, saute it in 2 batches. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside. Add the bell pepper, onion and garlic to the same pan and saute over medium heat until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juice, broth, capers and oregano. Return the chicken pieces to the pan and turn them to coat in the sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Continue simmering over medium-low heat until the chicken is just cooked through, about 30 minutes for the breast pieces, and 20 minutes for the thighs.
  3. Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a platter. If necessary, boil the sauce until it thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Spoon off any excess fat from atop the sauce. Spoon the sauce over the chicken, then sprinkle with the basil and serve.