In the dead of winter with snow on the ground and the icy cold trying to sneak in around every window and door, isn’t it good to have a steaming pot of hearty stew going on the stove? The aroma wafts through the house with the promise of something delicious to come!
One of the best things about stew is that you can mix and match all kinds of ingredients according to what you have, what’s available at the market, or what you like! Take this classic chicken stew with lots of great veggies and mushrooms!
Chicken Cacciatore (Hunter Style Chicken Stew)
from Simply Recipes
- One 4 lb. chicken cut into serving pieces (or 3 1/2 to 4 lbs. of chicken thighs, bone in, skin on)
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced, about 1 1/2 cups
- 1 red or green bell pepper, seeded, sliced into 1/4-inch wide slices
- 8 ounces mushrooms, thickly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup white or red wine
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups peeled and chopped tomatoes, with their juices
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons thyme chopped
- 2 teaspoons oregano chopped
- Rinse chicken and pat dry. Season the chicken pieces on all sides with salt. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Working in batches so that you don’t crowd the pan, place the chicken pieces skin side down in the pan. Cook until nicely browned, about 5 minutes, then turn over and lightly brown the other side. Remove chicken to a bowl, set aside. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of the rendered fat. If you have less than 2 Tbsp of fat in the pan, add more olive oil until you have about that much oil coating the pan.
- Add the sliced onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms to the pan. Increase the heat to medium high. Cook until the onions are translucent, and the mushrooms have given up most of their moisture, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic to the pan and cook a minute more.
- Add the wine and scrape up any browned bits at the bottom of the pan. Simmer until the wine is reduced by half. Add the tomatoes. Stir in the pepper, thyme, oregano, and about a teaspoon of salt. Test and taste to adjust. Simmer uncovered for another 5 minutes. Place the chicken pieces on top of the tomatoes and onions, skin side up. Lower the heat and cover the skillet with the lid slightly ajar.
- Cook the chicken on a low simmer, turning and basting from time to time. Cook until the thighs are tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.
You can make a great stew with any kind of meat or with no meat at all!