Introducing our irresistible “Spicy Chicken Cacciatore” recipe! This tasty dish is the perfect choice when you are short on time but crave a delicious meal. With a handy cup of our homemade tomato sauce already in the fridge, making this recipe is a breeze. Juicy chicken braised in a spicy, aromatic tomato sauce will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Don’t miss out on this quick and easy culinary delight!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 chicken thigh portions, with skin
- 2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into strips
- 1 medium red chili, deseeded and sliced
- Glass of red wine (approx. 175 ml)
- ½ amount of tomato sauce (see “Suitable”)
- 1-2 handfuls of black olives
- chopped flat-leaf parsley for serving
1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
2. Heat the oil in a deep, ovenproof roasting pan large enough to accommodate the chicken in a single layer.
3. Season the chicken pieces all over.
4. Place the pan on the stove and fry over medium heat for 7-10 minutes on each side until well browned.
5. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and set aside.
6. Add the peppers and chilli to the pan (there should still be plenty of fat) and fry for 10 minutes until soft and starting to brown around the edges.
7. Pour away excess fat.
8. Pour in the wine and stir well while it bubbles, 1-2 minutes.
9. Add the tomato sauce to the pan and stir again.
10. Add a little water (up to 150ml) to create a thick, pourable consistency.
11. Place the chicken in the sauce and sprinkle with the olives.
12. Cover the pan and bake for 30 minutes.
13. Remove the lid of the pan and let the chicken roast for another 15 to 20 minutes to crisp up.
14. Spoon off any fat that has risen to the surface.
15. Sprinkle with parsley.
16. Serve with some rice, mashed potatoes or polenta.
Equipment and tools
- Large frying pan or frying pan
- Sharp knife
- cutting board
- Spatula or tongs
This recipe contains the following allergens:
Storage and leftovers
If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They last up to 3 days.
To reheat, simply heat the chicken cacciatore in a skillet or microwave until warmed through.
Health Benefits of Spicy Chicken Cacciatore
Spicy Chicken Cacciatore is not only a delicious dish but also offers several health benefits. This recipe combines tender chicken with bold peppers, chili, olives and a rich tomato sauce for an explosion of flavor. Here are some of the health benefits you can experience when you enjoy this tasty Italian dish:
1. Lean protein
The chicken thigh portions in this recipe are a great source of lean protein. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissue, supporting muscle growth, and maintaining a healthy immune system. Including lean protein in your diet can help you feel fuller for longer and aid in weight management.
2. Vitamins and minerals from vegetables
The red peppers and chili in this Spicy Chicken Cacciatore provide a significant amount of vitamins and minerals. Red peppers are rich in vitamin C, which can boost the immune system and promote collagen production for healthy skin and joints. Chili peppers contain vitamins A and E as well as minerals such as potassium and manganese.
3. Antioxidant-rich ingredients
The tomatoes, red wine, black olives, and parsley used in this recipe are all excellent sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect the body from harmful free radicals, which can contribute to chronic disease and cell damage. Including these ingredients in your diet can have a positive impact on overall health.
4. Anti-inflammatory properties
Both red peppers and chili have anti-inflammatory properties due to the capsaicin. This compound is associated with reducing inflammation and may provide relief from conditions such as arthritis. Incorporating these ingredients into your meals could potentially have anti-inflammatory effects on the body.
5. Heart-healthy ingredients
Red wine, when enjoyed in moderation, has been linked to heart-healthy benefits. It contains antioxidants like resveratrol, which may help improve heart health by reducing inflammation and preventing blood clots from forming. Incorporating red wine into this recipe provides intense flavor and a potential cardiovascular boost.
With a portion of Spicy Chicken Cacciatore, you not only treat yourself to a delicious meal, but also incorporate various health-promoting ingredients into your diet. From lean protein and essential vitamins to antioxidant-rich foods and potential anti-inflammatory properties, this recipe offers a wonderful combination of taste and wellness.