Chicken Cacciatore

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Gloria Hafer uses this recipe as a method to teach students how to avoid cross contamination by using separate cutting boards and utensils for the chicken and vegetables. For an even more economical meal, use a whole chicken cut into pieces. Depending on the size of your Dutch oven, you may need to brown the chicken in batches.
6 servings


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1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 bone-in chicken breast halves (about 3 pounds), skinned
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 cups red bell pepper strips
1 1/2 cups green bell pepper strips
1 cup thinly vertically sliced onion
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 bay leaves
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
6 cups hot cooked penne (about 3/4 pound uncooked tube-shaped pasta)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese


Combine first 6 ingredients, and sprinkle 4 teaspoons oregano mixture evenly over chicken. Set remaining oregano mixture aside.

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chicken from the pan. Add mushrooms, bell peppers, and onion to pan; sprinkle with remaining oregano mixture. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add vinegar, bay leaves, tomatoes, and tomato paste; stir to combine. Arrange the chicken over tomato mixture, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 50 minutes or until the chicken is done.

Place 1 cup pasta in each of 6 shallow bowls; top each serving with 1 chicken breast half. Ladle 1 cup sauce over chicken, and sprinkle each serving with 4 teaspoons of Parmesan cheese.

Created date

September 2004

Nutritional Information

Calories 533
Caloriesfromfat 13 %
Fat 7.8 g
Satfat 2.7 g
Monofat 2.9 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 53.9 g
Carbohydrate 60.6 g
Fiber 5.5 g
Cholesterol 105 mg
Iron 4.3 mg
Sodium 813 mg
Calcium 207 mg