Chicken Cacciatore

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All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
Ronald Reagan

As with most of the recipes that I have stashed, filed away, and time after time adapted I constantly come back to a cacciatore for a good Sunday family-style dinner in the winter.  This time I must give kudos to Rainbow Meadow Farms and the wonderful perfect chickens they share with their NC customers “several counties wide.   I recall “OTC” chickens in every store that weighed 3 1/2 to 4 pounds and I could only hope for the best and never found the perfect brand…

Rainbow Meadow Farms offers the best in their products and the perfect chickens for me at just over 2 ¼ -2 ½ pounds each.  So I begin with the best chicken that I can find…

Rainbow Meadow Farms Chicken 4

A gentle scattering of fresh herbs, rosemary, thyme, oregano and pinches of dried red pepper flakes along with pinches of truffle salt and black pepper seasoned this night’s version. Beyond my own version links to a few favorites are listed below.

A healthy ½ cup splash of good red wine (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo was open), rehydrated dried wild mushroom blend plus a few dried porcini, roasted peppers, and needed to be used grabs from the vegetable bin made up the rest of the last-minute ingredients (another I’m not going to the store after a road trip moment).  Pretty standard things, carrots, celery a couple of small leeks, the last of the fresh garlic, and a brief stroll on the herb path for the best looking herb survivors, call it dinner!  Oops and 1 can of San Marzano tomatoes, squished by hand and some of the dried mushroom liquid were a few other things added and just because I wanted to, a generous pinch or two of my homemade sausage spice and a pinch of truffle salt.

Check your favorite cacciatore recipe, download one, and just add your own touches, light touches always work better when adapting recipes…enjoy a classic cacciatore with big whole romaine leaves Caesar Salad, some fresh warm bread and watch “Letters to Juliet” or ” A Month by the Lake”…

Shine on Rainbow Meadow Farms…

Colorasdo Dpouble Rainbow 2014

Hunter’s Wife’s Chicken (Pollo alla Cacciatora)

Chicken Leg Cacciatore with Sweet Peppers, Fennel, and Green Olives