Oven Braised Chicken Cacciatore with Rosemary

Oven-Braised-Chicken-CacciatoreThis Oven Braised Chicken Cacciatore brought to us from Jeanette Chen is scented with rosemary and braised in a rich tomato sauce flavored with red wine, mushrooms and mixed bell peppers. Serve this over simple Lemon Poppy Seed Noodles alongside sauteed green beans for a simple but elegant meal. This delicious and hearty. Italian-inspired autumn recipe will pair very nicely with a Chianti Classico. And Stewart’s Spirits has the perfect Chianti right next door (and online) . . . the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Nipozzano Riserva 
Oven Braised Chicken Cacciatore with Rosemary
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 red bell peppers, sliced
2 green bell peppers, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 celery stalks, sliced
2 8-ounce packages mushrooms, sliced
2/3 cup red wine
1 cup chicken broth
1 28-ounce box or can tomato sauce
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
5 pounds chicken on the bone (The recipe uses drumsticks and thighs)
salt and pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
chopped parsley, for garnish, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saute pan. Add red peppers, green peppers, onions, garlic, celery and mushrooms. Saute until onions are translucent, about 6-7 minutes. Add red wine; simmer 2-3 minutes. Add broth, tomato sauce and rosemary. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Season chicken pieces with salt, pepper and garlic powder. In a large skillet, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Brown chicken on both sides, about 3-5 minutes on each side. Place chicken in large Dutch oven. Pour sauce on top. Cover pot and place in oven; bake 1 hour or until meat is tender and falling off the bone. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving if desired.

Jeanette Chen, a resident of New Canaan for 20 years, is the busy mom of 4 boys and author of a popular health and wellness food blog, Jeanette’s Healthy Living. She was recently named 2013’s Best Allergy Blog by Healthline and is always looking for ways to make healthier meals for her family and friends. See more by clicking here