This month: Pollo Alla Cacciatora (Hunter’s Wife’s Chicken).
This delicious and flavorful chicken dish is named in honor of the hunter’s wife, who would traditionally prepare it on the eve of the hunt for fuel. Make the most of the flavor and serve it with tomato fettuccine coated in the chicken, tomatoes and herbs left in the pan.
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
Chicken: if there is a whole chicken* in your box go to www.videojug.com/film/how-to-quarter-a-chicken for instructions.
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 500g jar Agricola Paglione organic hand-peeled tomatoes
couple sprigs fresh rosemary
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, minced
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pollo Alla Cacciatora (Hunter’s Wife’s Chicken)
Heat oil in a large-diameter sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Push onions to side of pan (or remove if no room) then add chicken pieces. Salt and pepper chicken. Fry, turning pieces to brown, about 5min each side. Add wine to pan and cook until evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes with their juice, rosemary, bay leaf and most of the parsley. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes or until juices have mostly evaporated and meat is tender, beginning to fall off the bone.
While chicken cooks, set a tall pot of salted water to boil. When chicken is ready, transfer to serving plate. Garnish with reserved parsley. Leave the leftover chicken bits, tomato and herbs in the pan. We will use them for the pasta.
Add tomato fettuccine (quantity to taste, 1 box feeds 4-5ppl) to salted boiling water and cook for 2 1/2 -3 minutes. Using tongs, remove the fettuccine from the water and transfer to pan. Place directly into pan with all the leftover chicken pieces and sauce and toss over medium-high heat. Add some of the pasta cooking water for moisture if you need. You have now coated the fettuccine with delicious flavor.
Traditional Italian cooks may object, but let’s serve this pasta and chicken together on the same plate! Top with parsley, season to taste.