Chicken Cacciatore, a classic Tuscan dish also known as Hunter’s stew, gets a quick remake and is on the table in less than 30 minutes. Traditionally made using pigeon, guinea fowl, rabbit or chicken, all depending on the catch of the day. Slow cooked in a heavy cauldron, hung over a smouldering fire required time and patience before this flavourful hot pot was ready for eating. For tonight’s supper, we’re tucking into this Skinny chicken cacciatore. It’s loosely put together around the original version but with added vegetables and grilled pools of melting mozzarella to finish.
Skinny Chicken Cacciatore
2 tablespoons olive oil
250g Portobello mushrooms, halved or diced
1 red onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 of each, orange and yellow sweet peppers, deseeded and roughy chopped
4 free-range chicken fillets, de-boned and skinless
1/3 cup dry white wine, Chenin Blanc will be good
400g tinned, chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 teaspoon dried red chilli flakes
peel of 1 small lemon
3 bay leaves, fresh or dried
1 teaspoon sugar or xylitol, if Banting
several stems fresh thyme and oregano
salt and pepper, to taste
chunks of roughly torn mozzarella
Heat 1 tablespoon love oil in a deep sided frying pan. Sauté the mushrooms on a high heat for several minutes until nicely browned. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate. Heat the remaining olive oil in the same pan and add the onion. Cook over a medium heat until softened. Add the garlic and sweet peppers and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Season the chicken fillets on both sides with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Shift the vegetables to the side of the pan and brown the chicken on both sides. Deglaze the pan with the wine and reduce by half. Add the tomatoes, stock, chilli, lemon peel, sugar and herbs. Return the mushrooms to the pan, cover with a lid and simmer for about 20 minutes. Adjust seasoning if needed. Place the mozzarella on top and brown under a hot grill until the cheese is bubbling and golden.
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