I have been wanting to try this recipe FOR.EV.ER (said in Squint's voice from The Sandlot). It's a Giada recipe, which almost never disappoints, and it has 575 reviews on Food Network with a 5 star rating. Seriously, this is a no brainer. However, my husband thinks Chicken Cacciatore is absolutely disgusting. He hates it at restaurants and has been scarred by previous bad experiences with this dish. Every time I mentioned it while I was meal planning, he would make it abundantly clear that he would not eat this meal if I made it. Finally, I decided to make it anyway and not tell him. Guess what??? I'm sure you know what comes next...HE LOVED IT. I actually made him repeat to me at least five times that he loved it and that he was wrong for discouraging me from making it before. I also made him swear never to question me and my cooking skills again. I won this battle! HA!
Try this recipe. It's a healthier version of Giada's and its delicious and easy.
Season the chicken with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Then, dredge the chicken lightly in flour.
In a large saucepan or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook until brown, about 5 minutes per side. Depending on the size of your pan, this could take a couple of batches. Set the chicken aside on a plate.
Now add the bell pepper, onion and garlic to the pan. Add a little oil to the pan if necessary (since using skinless breasts, there may not be much grease to work with). Cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with a little salt and pepper. Add the wine to the pot and cook it until it reduces by half, about 3 to 5 minutes. Then add the tomatoes with their juice, chicken broth, and the oregano. Return the chicken to the pan and make sure to cover with the sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook the chicken for about 20-30 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove the chicken with tongs and place on a platter. Cook the sauce a little longer if necessary to thicken it. Pour the sauce over the chicken and sprinkle with basil.
I served my chicken on a bed of spaghetti with some garlic bread on the side. This is a really delicious and easy weeknight meal. Enjoy!