'Cacciatore' litreally means 'hunter' in Italian, and this 'hunter style' dish makes good use of mushrooms (easily available to hunters trekking through forests!), onions, tomatoes and herbs.
This recipe is very similar to the one my Italian Grandmother taught me to make. Here's what she would do: (1) used a large Dutch Oven (the "spaghetti pot") rather than a skillet; (2) always used Olive Oil as her "vegetable oil"; (3) dipped the chicken pieces in egg prior to dredging them in flour; (4) used parsley and/or basil rather than oregano; (5) never used mushrooms; (6)pierced the onion and put it in whole (and then discarded it before serving the stew); (7) sliced the green peppers in strips rather than chopping them; (8) used red wine rather than white; (9) added carrots and potatoes (which she had cleaned, peeled, quartered and par-cooked) to the pot half-way through the cooking time (which was more like 45 minutes than 30). We used to eat this right from the pot when we were kids it was so delicious. I tend to remove the pieces from the pot first to a serving dish or salad bowl, let them sit for a while (perhaps 10 minutes), and then remove them, the vegetables and as much of the "sauce" as I want to yet another serving dish (less greasy that way). My family loves this dish, and prepared this way, there's no need to serve it "over" or "alongside of" anything. - 17 Jul 2007 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Fabulous! I did change a few things. 3 cloves garlic. A can of Italian stewed tomatoes in addition to the diced tomatoes. 1 cup red wine instead of 1/2 cup white. The extra ingredients worked well to cover the chicken while cooking. The chicken turned out SO tender! It was falling off the bone. I really didn't think a half hour would actually cook it. It really needed salt to bring out the flavor, though. I recommend 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Next time I would only use 1 cup flour for a lighter coating. - 07 Jan 2003 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Don't understand why anyone would call this recipe boring. Yes, I too added more seasonings and totally skipped the flour coating as it's not necessary and actually gets in the way during the browning process. The key to a really good cacciatore is to brown the chicken very, very well. The oil is also not needed as the chicken will produce its own. Once browned, you're left with those wonderful tasty bits on the bottom of your pan that helps to make an incredible and almost brown colored hearty sauce. I also suggest letting the chicken and sauce simmer for a couple of hours to really bring out the flavors. If you have a cast iron skillet or dutch oven, all the better. Good basic recipe Jana and thanks so much!!!! - 14 Jan 2003 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)