Chicken Cacciatore

Recipe By: Anne Burrell
Published in: Secrets Of A Restaurant Chef

Olive oil -- as needed
4 pounds chicken -- cut into 8 to 10 pieces
Kosher salt
2 large onions - sliced
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
4 garlic cloves -- smashed and finely chopped
1 red pepper -- cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 yellow pepper -- cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 pound cremini mushrooms -- cleaned and sliced
2 cups dry white wine
2 cans of Italian plum tomatoes -- passed through the food mill or pureed (28-ounce cans)
bundled thyme
3 bay leaves

Coat a large, wide pot with olive oil and bring to a high heat. Season the chicken with salt and brown in the hot oil, working in batches, if needed.
Once all the chicken is brown, remove to a plate and discard most of the excess fat.

If needed to coat the bottom of the pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onions and crushed red pepper, season with salt, and sweat over low
heat for 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and sweat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the peppers and cook until they are soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the
mushrooms, season with salt and cook until they are soft. Add the white wine and reduce by half.

Return the chicken to the pan and add the tomatoes; taste for seasoning. Add the thyme bundle and bay leaves. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce to
a simmer. Partially cover the pot and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Check the level of the sauce periodically during the cooking process and replenish
it with water as needed; the level of liquid should be about even with the chicken.

Remove the chicken from the pot and place it on a pretty serving platter. Taste the sauce for seasoning, adjust if needed. Skim the surface of the
sauce if excessively greasy. Spoon the sauce over the chicken. Tastes like chicken!

Prep Time: 20 min - Inactive Prep Time: hr min - Cook Time:45 min
4 to 6 servings

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