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It’s a One Pot Italian Wonder! That’s what my Momma’s comfort food Chicken Cacciatore recipe should be named. As a little Italian girl growing up, I just thought that it was one of those dishes that everyone ate at least once a week– just like we did–with polenta or pasta. I also assumed that all Chicken Cacciatore pretty much tasted the same. But many years later, having tasted Chicken Cacciatore in numerous restaurants, I’m going to finally go on the record and say that Momma’s is the best. You’re going to get to try it for yourself and see if you agree. Momma’s Cacciatore is simple, inexpensive, uses only one pan and the flavors are absolutely divine. It’s about as close to a fool-proof dish as you can get with the recipe I’m sharing with you today. Momma’s Chicken Cacciatore was one of the first recipes we included in our first cookbook, Momma & Me & You, and through the years we’ve tweaked it just a bit to make it even better! Here’s what Momma wrote in our cookbook:
“Almost every Italian restaurant has chicken cacciatore on the menu, and there are as many versions of the dish as there are places that serve it. Although it’s a Southern Italian specialty, it has been adopted as a treasure throughout Italy. When I introduced cacciatore on my restaurant menu back in 1957, our customer’s fell in love with the very first delicate bite! It became one of our most popular signature dishes for the celebrity crowd and locals alike.”
I find that good quality, fresh chicken enhances the taste—and that chicken thighs seem to be the most flavorful. (Flavor-filled bones make all the difference!) Pick up a nice bottle of wine, some good sour dough bread and enjoy one of my Momma’s mainstay Italian meals!
Watch my how to video here!
Here’s a tasty combination: Pan grilled chicken and glazed baked apples. This is the sort of one skillet deliciousness that you would expect when you visit grandma’s house! Plus, it’s the perfect meal to bring us into the fall. Normally when apples are served with chicken or pork, they are softly sautéed and served on the side. I love the way these apples look and taste. They are called Hasselback apples, the method of making lots of thin slices three quarters of the way down the apple. The result is a baked apple that has lots of hidden places for the glaze to go and each slice is just the right size for each piece of chicken! Since you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen cabinets, I say pick up some fresh skinless boneless chicken thighs and make this comfort food meal for dinner this week!
Watch my how to video for Skillet Chicken with Baked Apples here!