Sunday, February 8, 2009

Chicken Cacciatore

As would be expected, one of my favorite stores is Williams Sonoma. I love not only their fabulous cooking supplies but their food products too. I previously used their Beef Burgundy simmer sauce with really great results. As much as its fun to prepare a whole meal, there are some days you want something that you can throw together quickly but that will still make a good meal. I like that these sauces have a great depth of flavor but are made of all natural ingredients. For this recipe, I tried the Cacciatore simmer sauce. I'm not sure if this one is still available everywhere, but I think the cooking technique would be easily replicated with your favorite store bought tomato sauce. The one downfall to these sauces is they tend to be seasonal and they are constantly changing the availability. For this recipe, the chicken was cooked entirely on the stove top and produced a very moist and savory dish.

1 Whole Chicken (cut up)
1 Jar Simmer Sauce or your favorite tomato sauce
3 tbsp Olive oil plus more as needed

Heat 3 tbsp olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Sear chicken in batches about 3-5 minutes per side to brown. Add more oil to pan if needed. Remove chicken from pan and drain oil.

Add chicken back to pan. Pour sauce over and cook covered for 20 minutes. Remove lid and cook uncovered another 25 minutes. Serve over pasta or rice.


Ally said...

Can't get any easier than that! I'm hoping to get to WS later this week, I'm going to keep an eye out for that sauce.

Maria said...

Such a classic dish! Looks great!