I am sharing a secret with you today. It’s from one of the world’s ‘hidden treasures,’ straight from Italy, authentic as can be. Then, modified by me to intensify the flavors of the Mediterranean and deliver an amazing, make again and again meal. This recipe was taught to me by the world famous Mamma Agata in her cooking school that I was lucky enough to attend during our visit to the Almafi Coast in Ravello, Italy.
Mamma Agata’s Hunter Style Chicken. My favorite chicken dinner recipe.
I didn’t dare change the ingredients of the original recipe. NO WAY! I only changed the cooking method and added a few elements to the braising liquid. The original recipe was simmered on the stove top, which is good… but braising the chicken in the Dutch oven using the same ingredients added SO MUCH MORE flavor and tenderness to the chicken that it falls off the bone. I added a splash of chicken stock to thin the tomato sauce. I also added black pepper and a bay leaf to deepen the flavors.
If you don’t have a Dutch oven, you can use a heavy bottom oven safe pot with a tight fitting lid. But really, you should look into getting one. They are inexpensive and last a life time. One pot meals have never been easier.
The traditional way to serve this would be over homemade parpadelle pasta, which you can order from Mamma Agatas online store! Whatever you choose to pair it with, make sure you have a crusty chunk of bread to soak up that sauce! No-Knead Country Wheat Bread.
Did I mention there is bacon in this recipe? OMG. Yes, please.
Photos from Cooking School in Italy.
Eating this dinner with my husband brings me straight back to the flavors of our honeymoon in Italy. This dish has inspired me to continue modifying and creating new variations of it. Recently, in #TheFarmTableTestKitchen, I developed a similar version of this using eggplant in the tomato sauce and omitting the mushrooms. I will be sharing my recipe with the subscribers of my recipe exclusives list long before it appears on the blog! You can sign up using the form below this post! No annoying newsletters, just free recipes! 🙂
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