Chicken Cacciatore

This is a classic Italian dish and people always make it differently. Most people will use chicken with the bone in but I find the boneless easier to eat. This is a pretty simple dish, that you can choose to customize how you want. It is perfect served over pasta with a little parm served on top. Makes great leftovers too, so make a big batch and eat it twice this week.

Stores With Ingredients on Sale:
Shoppers: Chicken, Green Peppers, Onion, Pasta
Safeway: Chicken, Canned tomatoes and sauce
Giant: Chicken
Kroger: Chicken, Onions, Pasta

Cost: $12 but with the pasta this can feed up to 6 people so that would be $2 a person

Quick tip: If you are going to serve with pasta you should add a little of the pasta water in the sauce near the end. You should also toss your pasta in the cacciatore while it is still in the pot if you still have space in the pot. The flavors will incorporate better that way.

Dietary Classifications: Gluten free, Dairy Free

Ingredients

2 lbs of Chicken breasts or thighs cut into bite sized pieces
1 medium Onion cut in half and then sliced
1 1/2 cups of Green peppers diced
1 to 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
1 cup of Mushrooms sliced
1/2 jar Pasta sauce
3 fresh Tomatoes diced or 1 can of diced tomatoes drained
1 Tbsp dry Oregano
Salt
Pepper
Canola Oil (or olive oil)

Instructions

Heat up a skillet that will be big enough to contain and simmer all of the ingredients in together. Season your chicken with salt and pepper, drizzle olive oil in the skillet so the chicken doesn't stick. Brown the chicken pieces for a couple of minutes. Pull that out of the skillet and set aside. Add more oil if necessary. Add your onions and season with salt and pepper. Saute for 3-5 minutes then add green peppers and cook for another 5 minutes. Add chicken back into pan with garlic, sauce, tomatoes and oregano.  Cover and let simmer for at least 15 minutes. You can to give it enough time for the flavors to meld together. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 5 minuets.

This is best served with pasta, although you can also serve with rice or on its own.