Chicken Cacciatore

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Chicken Cacciatore
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Throughout the year, grocers offer several opportunities to save money with case lot sales. Because I’m always on the lookout for a great deal, I’ve figured out that there are always a couple of good ones at the end of the summer in September and at the end of winter/early spring in February or March.

As I’m writing this, there are currently several stores that are offering case lot sales where the canned goods are steeply discounted. Be sure to take advantage of them and stock your pantry with versatile staples like canned soups, canned tomatoes, tomato sauces, spaghetti sauces and packaged seasoning mixes.

For example, I just bought 14.5-ounce canned tomatoes at Winegar’s at two for a dollar. At Wangsgard’s, 4-ounce cans of mushrooms are going for 59¢ a can. Lee’s Market is offering a case of 24 cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup for $14.16 and seasoning mixes at three for $1. These are just a few of the great deals that are going on right now. At such great savings, it’d be a shame to pass them up.

Along with stocking my pantry with the canned goods, I try to stock my freezer with fruits and vegetables. When fresh veggies like peppers go on sale at the end of the growing season, I’ll buy as much as I can, wash and chop them up, and then freeze them for future use. It is so convenient to grab a bag of chopped peppers to toss into the slow cooker. They’re as fresh as the day I bought them and save me time when putting the meal together. I also like to stock up on the prepackaged frozen vegetables that are on sale. The frozen veggies are excellent additions to slow cooker soups and stews.

Here is a simple, cost-effective recipe for Chicken Cacciatore using ingredients straight from your pantry. The tangy tomato sauce is excellent on your favorite pasta. Larger pastas like penne or rigatoni hold the sauce better, but my husband and daughter prefer bow-tie because of its darling shape (they’re cute like that). To enhance the flavor, I always add additional spices, but if you don’t have them on hand, it’s not necessary and the dish will still be tangy and delicious without them.

Here are a couple of tips: if the sauce is too thin, take a couple of spoonfuls of the sauce in a bowl with a tablespoon or two of flour. Stir until the flour is completely dissolved and pour the mixture back into the slow cooker with the rest of the sauce. If the sauce is too thick, add a little reserved tomato juice to thin it out. As far as the chicken goes, I’ve even added the chicken breasts frozen to save some time. Either way, the chicken turns out tender and delicious. For a large family and to stretch your meat budget, you can cube the chicken. Enjoy!

 Chicken Cacciatore

  •  4-6 chicken breasts
  • 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with liquid (I prefer Italian tomatoes with this dish)
  • 26-ounce can spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 4-ounce can mushrooms, drained
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 

Combine all ingredients together except the Parmesan cheese. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. While you are cooking the pasta, add the grated Parmesan to thicken the sauce. Serve with your favorite pasta and top with grated Parmesan cheese.

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