"MY MICROWAVABLE CHICKEN CACCIATORE"

This recipe is my own recipe for Chicken Cacciatore. Now I know you are saying "Chicken in the microwave! ACK!" But I swear this is great. The chicken comes out so tender you can cut it with a spoon. It is fast, easy and healthy and wonderful over a bed of white rice or some type of noodles (egg noodles or even spaghetti noodles). I prefer it with rice myself. And, looks are deceiving, this is a very filling meal. Don't fill your plate like you would spaghetti. You'll be surprised how far this recipe will go.

This recipe is completely freezable too so I make it in a large batch like this and freeze the remaining stock of it for future meals. (do not freeze the rice or noodles)

Ingredients.....

3 nice sized onions... chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped in small bits.
3 stalks of celery chopped - optional
a tablespoon of butter or margerine
2 large cans of diced tomatoes, (28 oz) or the equivalant of fresh tomatoes that you have previously put down. Use diced tomatoes to save time, they're already cut up for you. I use either No-Frills no name ones or Food Basics equity brand, both are excellent flavour and very inexpensive
1/4 cup of all purpose flour
bay leaf (optional)
some dried parsley flakes
a pinch of salt
garlic to your taste... I love garlic so I tend to go a bit overboard
a couple of tablespoons of Italian Spice Mix or the equivalant of two teaspoons each of oregano/basil/thyme
a teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon or so of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of basil
1/2 cup of a dry white wine or water... I prefer a greek wine of all things for this... called Apelia. It is fine to use just water though.
and enough chicken equivalent to one small chicken... I use 3 large breasts for this.

To do this less expensively purchase chicken breasts with the bone and skin on and remove it yourself. I have made this with other parts of the chicken as well and it comes out just as good if you wish to use less expensive cuts of chicken.

Next......
In a 3 quart microwave dish combine...
onion, green pepper, and butter. Cook, covered, on HI (max. power) 4 to 5 minutes, or until the onion is transparent.

Then add the tomatoes and flour, stir it until it is smooth. Stir in all the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the chicken. Cook this mixture, covered, on HI for 5 minutes.

Then add the chicken pieces. Be sure to immerse them in the sauce and cook, covered, on HI for about 15 minutes, or until the chicken is tender. STIR this once during it's cooking period.

Allow this to stand about 5 minutes, covered.

If you used the bay leaf remove it from the meal before you serve it. Put over a bed of white rice or noodles.

This will make 8 nice size servings when on rice or noodles. Some people may even eat less making this serve 9 or 10.


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