Mom’s Chicken Cacciatore

by Julie Cohn

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Mom is a great cook, but she lives far away, so we do not get to have her cooking often.  Whenever my family gets together with her, we all request the same dish…her chicken cacciatore.  She has been making chicken cacciatore for as long as I can remember, it is a true family favorite!  Mom got her recipe from an old family friend, Mrs. Green, who got it from her Italian momma.   I’ve made chicken cacciatore many times for my own family, and it is quite tasty, but we all agree that it is not quite like Moms–there is just something special about the way she makes it.   Just like Mrs. Green’s Italian grandmother, I am passing this recipe on to you, and maybe it will become your family favorite as well!

  • 10 Chicken Thighs, Bone-In (Some with skin, some skinless)
  • ¾ c. Flour
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • ½ lb. sliced mushrooms, washed
  • ¾ c. Chopped Onion
  • 1 28 oz.  can of Crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes (She used Hunts Fire Roasted w/Garlic)
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Parsley or 2 tsp. dried parsley
Pour the oil in a large fry pan.  Place the flour, pepper, and salt in a large baggie.  Add the chicken and shake to lightly coat the chicken.    Fry the chicken 10-15 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
Remove the chicken from the pan.  Place the onion in the same pan that the chicken was cooked in.  You do not need to add more oil, as the fat from the chicken should be enough to cook the onion.  Scrape the bottom of the pan to get the chicken pieces up while you saute the onion.  Add a little garlic if you would like-about 1 clove, and saute with the onion.  Cook the onion until golden, and add the chicken back into the pan.  Pour the cans of tomatoes over the chicken, and stir thoroughly.  Add the mushrooms, and simmer for about 45 minutes.
One thing my Mom insists on is bone-in chicken thighs, as well as some thigh meat with skin.  The bones and skin add a slight sweetness to the sauce that is missing if you go boneless/skinless.
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1 comment

My Inner Chick 05/21/2014 at 9:29 am

Delectable Sin!
This looks DElish.


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