Chicken Cacciatore with Olives and Porcini

Chicken Cacciatore with Olives and Porcini

Chicken Cacciatore with Olives and PorciniThe late summer abundance of healthy organic vegetables such as squash, tomatoes and peppers just scream to join together with flavorful organic herbs like basil and oregano, and spices from around the world like Aleppo pepper, capers and saffron! My Chicken Cacciatore with Olives and Porcini takes this classic Italian entrée to a new level of flavor and nutrition! My Chicken Cacciatore with Olives and Porcini stars free range chicken swimming in a rich broth of red wine, tomatoes, porcini mushrooms and saffron, enhanced with Italian oil cured olives and brightened with capers! Serve my Chicken Cacciatore with Olives and Porcini over noodles or rice and enjoy this delicious riff on a classic dish with a dry Italian red wine. Just delicious!

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 organic onion, quartered and sliced

4 cloves organic garlic, sliced

1 organic leek, sliced

1 tablespoon capers

1/4 cup sliced organic fennel bulb

2-3 bone in chicken breasts, thighs or quarters

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup dry red wine

4 ripe organic tomatoes, cut up

2 teaspoons dried oregano

Several sprigs fresh oregano, stripped from stems

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

12 oil cured olives

1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms soaked in 1 cup of water

Pinch of saffron

Pinch of Aleppo pepper flakes

1 each organic red and yellow peppers, sliced

1 organic summer squash, sliced

Heat oil in a large chef’s pan or braiser to medium high

Add onion, leek and garlic, fennel and capers, cook a few minutes

Add salt and peppered chicken, cook and turn till browned

Add the wine, herbs, olives

Add the tomatoes and cook

Add mushrooms and the soaking liquid

Lower pan to simmer

Add the peppers and squash

Add saffron and Aleppo pepper

Add salt if needed

Simmer for 1&1/2 hours until chicken is cooked and tender

Remove from heat, let stand for 10 minutes

Serve over egg parpadelli or a creamy rice!

Enjoy with an Italian dry red, just delicious!

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