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Chicken Cacciatore Sicilian-Style

For this classic Italian chicken dish, simmer chicken pieces in a hearty mixture of onion, tomato, and celery flavored with capers, olives and fresh herbs and serve over pasta.

Cooking Light OCTOBER 1999

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half or 1 thigh and 1 drumstick, 1/2 cup sauce, and 1 cup pasta)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinned chicken breast halves
  • 4 chicken thighs (about 1 pound), skinned
  • 4 chicken drumsticks (about 1 pound), skinned
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sliced green olives
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Dash of ground red pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can Italian-style tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cups hot cooked macaroni or cavatappi (about 12 ounces uncooked spiral-shaped pasta)
  • Parsley sprigs (optional)

Preparation

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add chicken breasts to pan, and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until the chicken is lightly browned. Remove chicken breasts from pan. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and remaining chicken, and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until chicken is lightly browned. Remove chicken from pan.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in pan. Add onion and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add celery, and sauté 5 minutes. Add basil and next 8 ingredients (basil through bay leaves). Return chicken to pan, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Uncover and simmer 25 minutes or until chicken is tender. Discard bay leaves. Serve with pasta, and garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.

Note:

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 406
  • Calories from fat: 18%
  • Fat: 8.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Protein: 37.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 43.6g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 99mg
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Sodium: 663mg
  • Calcium: 79mg
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