Chicken Cacciatore with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Cacciatore with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Chicken Cacciatore with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

 

When I read up a little on the history of this dish I knew the reason I like it.ย  Cacciatore means โ€˜hunterโ€™ in Italian, usually made with chicken or rabbit and cooked in a tomato base broth, onions and peppers.ย  I love hosting soup parties and gathering with friends.ย  This dish is full of rich flavors, starting with a tomato base, onions and peppers and mushrooms.ย  I served this dish with garlic mashed potatoes but polenta would work perfectly with this as well.ย ย ย 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
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Chicken Cacciatore with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 6 Chicken Thighs, boneless and skinless
  • Flour, for dusting
  • Olive Oilย 
  • Butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves
  • 3 small Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Onion, sliced and chopped
  • 1 Green Pepper, sliced and chopped
  • 1 Red Pepper, sliced and chopped
  • 1 8oz package Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 14.5oz can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 28oz can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 4.5oz can Tomato Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
  • ยผ – 1/3 cup Red or White wine or chicken broth, if needed

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • 10-12 small Russet or regular size White Potatoes, peeled and cut upย ย 
  • 4-5 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • ยผ – ยฝ cup of Milk or Half and Half
  • Salt and Pepperย 
  • Parsley or chives, chopped, for garnish

 

Directions

  • Prep the vegetables.ย  Chop up all of the vegetables โ€“ garlic, carrots, onion, peppers and cut in the mushrooms in thirds.ย  Rough chop the thyme and rosemary.
  • In a shallow dish add the flour, salt and pepper.ย  Dust the chicken thighs on both sides.ย  In a large braiser or pan, on medium to high heat drizzle oil and a little butter and brown the chicken thighs on each side until brown.ย  Remove and place on a plate.
  • In the pan, on medium to high heat, drizzle a little oil, add the carrots and onions and salt and pepper and cook until al dente, about 5-8 minutes.ย  Add in the peppers and cook until al dente โ€“ about another 5 minutes.ย  Remove.ย  Add in the mushrooms and cook until brown.ย  Add back the vegetables to the pan with the tomato paste, herbs and garlic and cook until aromatic, about another 2 minutes.ย  ย  Add in the wine or broth, if needed and cook until the alcohol has cooked away, about 2 minutes.ย 
  • Add in the fire roasted tomatoes and crushed tomatoes to the pan and stir all the ingredients together.ย  Nestle the chicken pieces into the sauce and continue to cook,ย 
  • on medium to low heat, for another 20-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked.
  • Serve on the side or partially over the mashed potatoes and garnish with chives and/or parsley.ย  Goes well with a green salad.ย  ย 

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • In a large pot, cook the potatoes until done.ย  Drain.
  • Add in the butter, garlic and salt and pepper and mash the potatoes with a potato masher or hand mixer until chunky.ย  Slowly add in the milk or half and half, if needed, and continue to mix until smooth or the desired consistency.ย  ย  Continue to cook on low heat to keep warm.ย  Garnish with chives or parsley.

Enjoy โ˜บย