I’ve been all about making food with fun names these days. Blueberry Cla-foo-tee, chicken catch-a-tory, they are fun to say and even more fun to eat! As part of our back-to-school special for CTV Morning Live, Carlene and I were tasked with making easy, budget friendly meals for students. Carlene settled on making the always tasty Vietnamese cold rolls; an easy to make, inexpensive, and light meal. Taking the alternate route, I went with a comfort classic that’s easy to make and easy on the budget!
This Chicken Cacciatore makes a great meal that can be portioned into very tasty leftovers, or a delicious meal for a few friends. Feeling a little lonely after moving away to college? Craving the comfort of moms home cooking? Then this is the meal to make!
- 4 chicken thighs or chicken breast
- olive oil
- 1/2 spanish onion sliced
- 1/4 green bell pepper sliced
- 1 cup halved mushrooms
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- italian seasoning
- 1 can of diced tomatoes 28 oz.
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- a few pinches of flour
- 4 servings of pasta
- If using chicken thighs, remove skin, bones, and cut into chunks.
- In a pan on medium heat, add about two tablespoons of olive oil.
- Once heated, add chicken into the pan, cooking for about five minutes, until it's cooked about half-way through.
- Remove chicken, and add onion into the pan, adding more olive oil if necessary.
- Saute onions until they begin to turn translucent (about five minutes), then add in the bell pepper and mushrooms, cooking until softened (5-8 minutes).
- Add in italian seasoning, and oregano to taste, along with the minced garlic, stirring to mix with other ingredients.
- Add a can of diced tomatoes and 1/2 a cup of chicken broth, bring to a boil, then reducing heat until liquid is simmering, add your chicken back into the pan, along with a few pinches of flour to thicken the liquid and cook for about 15-20 minutes until liquid has reduced into a sauce like consistency.
- While your sauce is reducing, cook pasta according to package directions, top with chicken cacciatore and enjoy!
- Feel free to sprinkle on some fresh parmesan cheese and garnish with parsley if you're feeling a little fancy. I know I was!
Although this dish can take some time to cook, the majority of it is spent reducing the liquid into a sauce, so all you need is a little patience! But trust me, it’s worth it!