Food, Nutrition and Cooking

Whigged out Chicken Cacciatore

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Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike will vote for this one!

Chicken Cacciatore is a quintessential winter dish – even good this winter year, when it’s so warm (at least on the east coast). The flavor is very earthy.

For the dish:

10 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced

3 T olive oil

1 medium chicken cut into pieces, skin removed

1 large onion, chopped

1/2 c dry white wine

1-2 cloves (depending on clove size and taste) garlic, minced

1 T tomato paste (my favorite is getting tomato paste in the tube, easy to measure and easy to save the remainder)

1 large can whole peeled tomatoes include any liquid in the can

1/2 t allspice

1/2 t thyme

freshly ground pepper and salt, to taste

2 bay leaves

For the Garnish:

grated rind of 1 lemon

1/2 clove of garlic, minced

3 T fresh parsley, minced

In a large stockpot (perfect if you have a Le Creuset) heat the oil on medium-high. Cook the chicken on all sides till lightly browned. Add the onion and let it cook a minute or so, then add in the wine. Once the wine boils up, lower the heat, add the garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, the mushrooms and the seasonings (remember you can always add more salt and pepper at the end, but you can’t remove them if you’ve added too much).

Cover the pot and cook slowly  on medium-low for about 4o minutes. REMOVE THE BAY LEAVES. Taste for seasonings and adjust as necessary. Scatter the mixed garnish on top before serving.

This dish gets better with age, it also freezes well. I like to serve it with ziti but it’s also great with rice or potato. cacciatore


Author: ssleedsrd1843

Sari Schlussel-Leeds, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian who loves to cook and to eat! Her love of both naturally led to a career in nutrition. After years practicing clinical nutrition, Sari now focuses on Nutrition Education. Sari’s limits her private practice to the counseling of adults specializing in medical nutrition therapy. With “moderation” as her mantra, Sari knows that no matter what the condition, eating needs to be pleasurable. Her blog,, is a forum reflecting that mantra with healthful and delicious foods as well as tips for a healthy lifestyle. All content of is the intellectual property of Sari Schlussel-Leeds, MS, RDN, CDN

One thought on “Whigged out Chicken Cacciatore

  1. This looks so good. You gonna make it for me when I come home?

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