This will be my first recipe post, so it will be a bit longer and more complicated than the others. Chicken Cacciatore (“hunter’s chicken”) is an italian braised chicken dish. I make it all the time, but twice recently I decided to experiment with some ideas from Giada De Laurentiis’ recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/chicken-cacciatore-recipe.html
The first time I made the recipe exactly as written. The pictures are of the second time, which is a hybrid of my recipe and Giada’s. She must really like capers, because I found them to be a bit strong in her version, and cut them in half in mine. They do add a really interesting twist to the sauce, though. I also cook mine quite a bit longer than hers (2-3 hours). I also only use chicken thighs, and added carrots. Her base is more of a sofrito than a mirepoix, which is what I’ve traditionally used.
I also usually add bay leaves. Once the sauce is done simmering, I separate it with a gravy separator, discard the fat, thicken the juice with corn starch and water, and add the vegetables and chicken back. Here’s the finished result:
The sauce has a lovely, complex taste, and the chicken is nicely browned and flavored.