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Chicken Cacciatore, A 5-Star Take On The Classic Favorite

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Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore has been reinvented with my 5-star take on the classic favourite. With a combination of bold tomato sauce and luscious porcini mushrooms, this chicken dish is moist, flavourful, and finger-licking-fabulous.

Watch video recipe:

Dried Porcini mushrooms (or fresh if you can get them)
1 x whole organic chicken cut into pieces (or less if you're not hungry, but you'll regret not making extra!)
1 glass of white wine
400gr of Italian Tomato Sauce
1 ½ cups of boiling water
2 x garlic cloves
2 x medium sized carrots (diced into small cubes)
2 x celery sticks (diced into small cubes)
Fresh rosemary sprigs
Freshly chopped parsley (to serve)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Salt & Pepper
Dried mixed herbs

Wooden spoon
Medium-large casserole dish or deep fry pan with lid
Medium size mixing bowl

1. If you are using dried Porcini mushrooms for your chicken cacciatore, put them into a medium size bowl and add 2 x glasses of boiling water. Put this to the side.
2. Put a medium size casserole dish or deep frying pan on the stove at medium heat. Add extra virgin olive oil and leave to warm up.
3. Add 2 x garlic cloves to the pan (leave them whole) and a few sprigs of rosemary.
4. Mix using a wooden spoon and leave to simmer for a minute or so.
5. Add the chicken pieces to the pan, one next to the other and leave to simmer for a few minutes. Once the chicken pieces have begun to brown on one side, turn them over to brown the other side too.
6. Add salt, pepper and dried mix herbs to season. Leave to simmer and turn once again.
7. Add the diced carrot and celery into the pan, making sure the chicken is completely surrounded. You may need to turn it over again.
8. Add 1 ½ glasses of white wine to the chicken cacciatore and leave to simmer, covering the pan with the lid so the aromas are infused into the chicken.
9. After approx. 5 minutes, uncover the pan and add the Italian passata. Use the tongs to move the chicken around and make sure the sauce has spread well throughout the pan.
10. Then, add the porcini mushrooms along with the water into the pan, mix well and leave covered to infuse for at least 4-5 minutes.
11. Uncover the pan and turn the chicken pieces around one last time and leave for another 2-3 minutes.
12. Once the water has evaporated and sauce has thickened, your chicken cacciatore dish is ready to be served!

How to serve:
1. Use a set of tongs to add 2-3 pieces of chicken cacciatore to a coloured serving plate.
2. Scoop up some delicious sauce and smother the chicken pieces with it, making sure each portion has some porcini mushrooms on top.
3. Sprinkle some fresh parsley on top...

Vincenzo's Plate Tip: Although the flavours are definitely 5 STAR, enjoying this dish at home, means you don't have to be shy - EAT IT WITH YOUR HANDS, it always tastes better!

E ora si mangia, Vincenzo's Plate...Enjoy!

I will strongly recommend to start your meal with this delicious Caprese Salad

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