Chicken Cacciatore

From 1-4-2000.  Kumy loves this and so do I. When I made this when the kids were little, I would make it in two stages: the kid version and the grownup version. Now we just make it all together – and serve it over pasta.

1st Stage – Kids

2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, smashed
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast and thighs, cut into slices
1 large can of diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
water (1/4 to 1/2 cup?)

Heat oil in a large pot and saute chicken. Remove chicken and add onions, cooking until translucent. Add garlic and saute a couple more minutes. Add everything else and cook together for 30 minutes or more.

Stop here for the kid’s version and serve over pasta.

2nd Stage – Grownups

1 package button mushroom, halved
1 tsp butter
dash salt and pepper
1/2 cup merlot or dry red wine

Saute mushrooms in melted butter for several minutes until they release their water. Keep cooking until most of the water evaporates. Add salt and pepper. Deglaze the pan with red wine, and add to chicken mixture. Heat through and serve over pasta.

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