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Chicken Cacciatore

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cacci14top[1]This was excellent and would be great to cook in the pizza oven, too.
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken drumsticks and 2 chicken thighs, with bones and skinned
  • 8oz. mixed mushrooms, like crimini and shiitake
  • Dried porcini mushrooms, soaked and softened in water (reserve water)
  • 1 onion, diced medium
  • 1 small yellow and red pepper, diced medium
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, shaved
  • pitted kalamata olives, a large handful
  • 1 cup porcini mushroom water
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • Assorted herbs, parsley, basil, oregano and thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and sprinkled oregano.
  2. Heat a heavy cast iron skillet, drizzled with olive oil.
  3. Place chicken skin side down and do not move it until it reaches a deep golden brown and it’s easy to turn, brown other side for a few minutes. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. Add vegetables, garlic, salt and pepper to taste, a few twigs of thyme, saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Add wine and let it reduce.
  6. Add mushroom water and marinara sauce.
  7. Toss in 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper and chopped fresh basil.
  8. Place the chicken back into the pan and sink into the juices.
  9. Simmer on low, stove top, for a couple of hours or until chicken falls off the bone. Uncovered.
  10. Garnish with fresh parsley.
  11. Serve with cooked pasta, polenta or warm crusty bread.
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Chicken Thighs and Mushrooms

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Delicious!

Ingredients:

Chicken thighs

Baby bello mushroom, thinly sliced

White wine

Broth

Green onions, chopped

Seasonings

Directions:

Cook the mushrooms in some olive oil until done. Remove to plate.

In the hot pan, brown the chicken thighs well on both sides. Deglaze with some white wine.

Add some broth and reduce the heat. Cover and cook until done.

Return the mushrooms to the pan. Turn the heat up to high to evaporate most of the liquid. Make a sludge of water and flour. Add to the pan.

Add the green onion and stir to combine well.

Pork Cacciatore

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This was pretty good – and a different take on Cacciatore using pork instead.

5 Weight Watcher Freestyle Points (4 servings)

Ingredients:

12 oz. pork tenderloin, cut into chunks

3 small Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1 bell pepper, cut into chunks

8 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced or quartered

1 c. marinara sauce

Rosemary to taste

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Coat a pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle the pork with salt and pepper. Cook the pork until browned. Remove to a plate.

Add more cooking spray. Add the potatoes, onions, and 1/2 cup water. Cook, scraping up the bottom of the pan. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the peppers, mushrooms, and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until the vegetables are browned. Add more water if they start of stick. Cook for about 7 minutes.

Stir in the marinara sauce, pork, and 1/4 water. Bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce the heat, and cook until the vegetables are tender and the pork is cooked through (about 7 minutes).

Risotto with Pancetta & Mushrooms

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This was simply delicious – nice subtle flavors that went together perfectly!

Ingredients:

1/2 medium onion, chopped

2 oz. cubed pancetta

8 oz. sliced “exotic” mushrooms – I used trumpet mushrooms

1 1/2 c. Arborio rice

1/2 c. white wine

About 5 cups chicken broth

1/2 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Heat some olive oil in a stock pot. Add the onions and sauté until beginning to become golden. Add the pancetta and cook until beginning to crisp. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until softened.

Stir in the rice and coat it with the mixture in the pot. Add the wine and cook until the wine has been absorbed.

Begin adding the stock one ladle-ful at a time and stir constantly. When the broth has been absorbed, add more stock. Keep doing this until the rice is tender.

Stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted. Season with salt and pepper.

Cream of Mushroom Sauce

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This is a wonderful sauce that can be used on chicken and pork.

Ingredients:

8 oz. sliced mushrooms

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 c. chicken broth

1 c. half and half

1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Parsley

Directions:

Add the garlic to the pan in some olive oil and cook until soft. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until they have released their water and softened.

Add the chicken broth and cook for a few minutes until the broth has reduced a bit. Add the half and half and cook for a few more minutes. Add the parmesan cheese and chopped parsley and stir until the cheese has melted. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings.

 

Chicken in Garlic Mushroom Sauce

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Years ago, I used to make my mushroom sauce by opening a can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup. Even though it was always very good, I knew that it wasn’t healthy. So when I tried this mushroom sauce, I was thrilled. The taste is just as good, if not better, and it’s authentic! You can use this sauce on pork, too.

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken thighs

8 oz. sliced mushrooms

4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 c. chicken broth

1 c. half and half

1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Parsley

Directions:

Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Brown the chicken thighs well in some olive oil. Remove and set aside.

Add the garlic to the pan and cook until soft. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until they have released their water and softened.

Add the chicken broth and cook for a few minutes until the broth has reduced a bit. Add the half and half and cook for a few more minutes. Add the parmesan cheese and chopped parsley and stir until the cheese has melted. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings.

Return the chicken to the pan. Cover the pan and reduce the heat. Cook until the chicken is done.

 

Another Way with Asparagus

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I had previously posted a recipe with asparagus and eggs that was a staple in my family growing up. This is a variation on it – and a good one, I have to say!

Ingredients:

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed

1/3 c thinly sliced shallots

1 T. thyme

2 cups sliced shitake mushroom caps

3 gloves garlic, minced

1/2 c. chicken broth

1 T. butter

Juice of half a lemon

2 eggs

Directions:

Heat some olive oil in a pan. Add the shallots, thyme and mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms begin to brown. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.

Add the asparagus and cook for a few minutes. Add the broth and cover the pan until the asparagus are tender. Reduce the broth down to about 2 tablespoons. Remove from the heat and add the butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

While the asparagus is cooking, heat another pan. Melt some butter. Fry 2 eggs until stiff but still have a runny yoke.

Plate the asparagus and mushrooms. Top with a fried egg. Pour some of the butter mixture (from both pans) over the top. Sprinkle with some more pepper.

Before eating, break the yolk until it flows over the asparagus. Yum!