Red wine adds robust flavor to this chicken braised in a tomato and garlic sauce.
Cooking with wine adds richness to favorite recipes. I fell in love with this classic dish when friends cooked it for my birthday last year. Chicken Cacciatore is basically braised chicken cooked in onions, garlic, peppers, red wine and tomatoes. Some recipes call for white wine, but I love the combination of red wine with tomato sauce. I had Chianti on hand, but Merlot or Zinfandel would be nice, too.
Chicken Cacciatore is a hot and hearty dish, making it a favorite for Sunday suppers in winter. You make it all in one pot on the stovetop. As it the chicken cooks in the sauce, it creates a delicious and tasty dinner.
First brown the chicken, and then cook the onions, peppers, garlic and tomatoes.
Put the chicken in the sauce and let simmer for twenty minutes. The juices of all the ingredients cook up a savory sauce to serve over pasta or mashed potatoes. That’s how my friend likes to eat this.
Best of all, you will have enough wine left over to serve with dinner!