Easy Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
A fresh and comforting Easy Chicken Cacciatore Recipe from a beloved Italian restaurant.
I love to leisurely putz around my kitchen on the weekends. We make huge breakfasts that we don’t serve until almost noon. We bake cookies. We eat dinners that take 1 1/2 to 2 hours to prepare. It’s fun to do that sometimes.
On weeknights however, I often find myself rushing around trying to throw together a healthful and appealing meal before kiddie bath time, stories, and bed.
In the last few years many of my glacial recipes have mutated into what I call “tired mommy recipes.” These are meals that I’ve found shortcuts for, to reduce the prep and cooking time.
Here are my top 3 time-saving dinner tips for tired parents, or tired people in general…
1) Have your butcher prep your meat while you are shopping. After all, that is their job. They will do just about whatever you ask… Take bones out of chicken breasts, but leave the skin on. Remove fat. Butterfly fish or chicken. Slice meat to your desired thickness. Clean shrimp. Even chop a roast into stew chunks for you!
2) Make sauces in large batches and freeze for later, or buy good quality jarred sauces.
3) Prep your veggies on grocery day before you put them a way, or buy pre-cut veggies.
Speaking of tired mommy recipes, one recipe I occasionally like to speed up is my Easy Chicken Cacciatore recipe.
This Easy Chicken Cacciatore Recipe is inspired by our favorite Italian restaurant in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mary’s Trattoria. It’s a cozy little restaurant with old family portraits on the walls and doilies covered with oil cloth on the tables. It reminds me of a mom and pop shop you’d find in a back alley of any Italian village.
I absolutely love Mary’s version of Chicken Cacciatore… Simple, rustic, and hearty with loads of mushrooms.
When we moved away from Tulsa, I weaseled the ingredient list out of the owner. I have played with the proportion enough now that think I’ve got perfect match.
This Easy Chicken Cacciatore Recipe is a quickie version of Mary’s recipe. It takes a lot less time, but is packed with flavor!
Easy Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions, then drain.
- Meanwhile, heat your largest skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Sauté the mushrooms until they are soft and brown, about 10 minutes. Remove the mushrooms from the skillet.
- Butterfly and separate chicken breasts. (To skip this step you can buy chicken "cutlets" at the store, which are thinner slices of chicken breast.) Salt and pepper both sides of each piece of chicken, then dredge in flour.
- Add 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet. Wait until butter is melted, then add the chicken to the skillet. Sauté the chicken 1-2 minutes per side. Add the wine and garlic. Cook the chicken in the wine for another 3 minutes.
- Remove the chicken from skillet and tightly cover with foil to keep it warm. Add the mushrooms and 3 cups of marinara to the skillet and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.
- To plate, place a heaping pile of spaghetti on each plate and top with 2 chicken cutlets and the mushrooms sauce. Garnish with fresh herbs.
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