Rule #2 – If using any kind of wine – red or white – use the one which you would prefer to drink too. If the wine is not good for drinking, it is not good for cooking too!
Rule #3 – Use the freshest possible vegetables for any kind of Mediterranean recipe.
These are some basic guidelines which I follow and so far have been able to produce good results which are liked by my family a lot; hope you will like it too! Here is my today’s recipe of chicken cacciatore.
- Chicken – 1, cut into pieces [I used chicken thigh pieces only for this but any cut will work as well]
- Egg – 2
- All-purpose flour for coating – 2 cups
- Salt – ½ tsp
- Ground black pepper – ½ tsp
- Olive oil – 4 tbsp
- Onion – 1, chopped
- Garlic – 4 to 5 cloves, minced
- Green bell pepper – 1 big, cut into medium pieces
- Tomatoes – 6 big, chopped [Ideally canned tomatoes are used but I didn’t have that handy, so I used fresh tomatoes instead]
- Dried basil – 1 & ½ tsp
- Green chili - 2
- Red wine – ½ cup
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Break the eggs in a shallow bowl and whisk lightly.
- Wash and dry the chicken pieces. Add salt and pepper and smear all over.
- Spread the flour on a plate. Take one chicken piece at a time, dip it in the egg, then lay it on the flour to coat both the sides.
- Heat the oil in a large sauté pan or Dutch oven. Fry the chicken pieces until they are browned on both sides. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Add the chopped onion, minced garlic and bell pepper to the pan and sauté until the onion is browned.
- Add the tomatoes and green chilies. Cook until tomatoes are all mushy and broken.
- Now return the fried chicken pieces to the pan. Add red wine and dried basil.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Add 2 cups of water and let it boil on high heat.
- Once the water comes to boil, cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until the chicken pieces are cooked through.
- By this time the sauce will turn quite thick because of the flour coating on the chicken. Taste and adjust the salt & pepper if required.
- Garnish with fresh basil leaves (The ones in the pictures are fresh from our kitchen garden! :) ) and serve hot over your favorite pasta!