Chicken Catchadora(ble guy)
Yesterday Margo, my partner at SaucyCooks, came over with bird in hand and announced that she had a craving for Chicken Cacciatore. It appears that this dish rates as comfort food for both her and the cutie patootie she is dating. This being Friday for Margo and Paul it was also date night, so into the kitchen we went to prepare her dinner.
The first thing we discovered was that the name Chicken Cacciatore brought up different interpretations for each of us. I recall this dish being a hunter’s stew full of chicken, mushrooms, onions and pepper floating in a rich tomato base and seasoned with aromatic smoked paprika and bacon. Her version contained capers and olivesand did not include bacon, mushrooms or smoked paprika. After much discussion we decided to try it my way and I was delighted to receive her phone call that evening confirming that it was a winner. Her boyfriend concurred with her that this was not the Chicken Cacciatore he remembered from childhood, but he is coming back today! Apparently hunter’s chicken catches the (adora-ble) man!