You love it at your favorite Italian restaurant, and for good reason. The rustic flavors of chicken cacciatora appeal to those of us who are following a healthy diet. Translated as "hunter style," chicken prepared this way is braised in tomato sauce with vegetables. But that is where the similarities end.
Styles of cacciatora vary from region to region in Italy, as seasonal ingredients indigenous to the area change.
Where one family cooks with root vegetables, another may use fresh herbs, depending upon what they have in their garden or local area. In my search for Chicken Cacciatora recipes I found variations including adding porcini mushrooms, flavoring it with juniper berries and serving it with spaghetti squash. I also found many recipes that took 45 minutes or longer to prepare, too long for our modern needs.
2. Add the garlic and chicken, skin side down, to the pan. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cook until the chicken skin becomes golden brown, then turn. Season the other side.
3. Turn the chicken and add wine to the pan, allowing it to simmer until reduced by half.
4. Add the tomatoes to the pan and reduce to a simmer. Cover the pan and cook the chicken until it is cooked all the way through, about 35 minutes, turning the chicken 2-3 times while simmering.
Per serving: 512 calories; 22g fat; 14.3g carbs; 1.5g fiber; 64g protein; 170mg cholesterol