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Easy Chicken Cacciatore

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I wasn’t sure if this recipe actually was a cacciatore. So I googled the term cacciatore.

chicken casserole prepared with tomatoes and mushrooms and herbs in the Italian style

The recipe does have tomatoes and mushrooms. I skipped the fresh herbs this time and used spinach. And whoa, it was so yummy. Even my kids who ordinarily prefer to eat their pasta plain with butter and cheese (Yes, I know. FREAKS!) could not resist the lure of the cacciatore.

And honestly, I just love saying “Cacciatore!” Go on, you try and say it with a fake thick Italian accent. And then keep saying it until your family begs you to please stop already.

You will need:

olive oil
Chicken breast
2 cans crushed tomatoes
1 onion
pint(?) sliced mushrooms
bag of spinach
garlic powder
dried basil

Step one:
Fillet your chicken breasts so that they are less thick. You can skip this step if you want, but I strongly recommend it. It helps the chicken cook evenly and more quickly. Peel and slice your onion.

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Step Two:
Toss the chicken into your heavy bottomed pan. Put the onions and mushrooms in too. Pour a little olive oil on top and cook, stirring constantly over a medium/high heat.

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Step Three:
Once the chicken is cooked through and the onions are clear and floppy (I bet there is a technical cooking term for onions in this state, but I don’t know it. Floppy it is!)

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Step Four:
Add you spinach into the pan. You know what I love about cooking spinach? It always looks like such a ridiculously large amount of spinach in the pan. And then when it cooks up you can’t help but think that you needed even MORE spinach.

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Step Five:
Stir the spinach around in the pan with the other ingredients until it too gets all floppy and cooked.

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Step Six:
Pour in your cans of crushed tomatoes. Add your dried spices. I used garlic powder and basil. Not an exact sciene. I just sprinkled the amount I thought looked good.

Step Seven:
Reduce heat. Cover. Let simmer. Periodically check it and give it a stir.

Step Eight:
Cook your pasta according the instructions on your box. Which I am willing to bet says add to boiling water and cook until it is al dente. because what other way is there to cook pasta?

Step Nine:
Spoon the cacciatore over the pasta.

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Step Ten:
Hurry up and take a photo before your family eats every last bit of it. Okay, maybe not everyone takes photos of their meals as they cook them.



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  • Oh, yummy — cans of tomatoes — big or small ones?

    Chris says: 28oz cans!

    Nataly  |  November 10th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

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