Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Julia's Chicken Cacciatore

I love making Chicken Cacciatore in the slow cooker. It is simple to put together in the morning, and you just can't beat the tremendous flavor that comes from simmering all day long. This fantastic dinner is best with ingredients fresh from the garden or farmer's market. It is a delight in high summer or on a cool, rainy day.


6-8 pieces of bone-in chicken with skin

1 medium onion, sliced into rings
2 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half
1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1 large can tomato puree
2 cups whole tomatoes, skinned and seeded
10 large fresh basil leaves, or 1/2 tbs dried basil
2 tbs fresh oregano or 1/2 tbs dried oregano
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste

Rinse chicken and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Slice onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Place in the bottom of your slow cooker. Nestle seasoned chicken on top. In a separate bowl, combine tomato puree and whole tomatoes. Crush with clean hands or potato masher. Stir in herbs, remaining salt, and pepper. Pour mixture over chicken and simmer on Low for 6-8 hours. Serve hot with garlic bread or your favorite pasta.


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