470. Chicken Cacciatore (Jamie's 15 Minute Meals, page 186)
A Glug Of Oil recipe
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I bought a bunch of fresh basil, and then spotted these two jars near the cash as I was checking out. I figured that they would add authenticity, so I splurged and bought them. Since no one but me would be eating this, why not?
I was smart and did all my "mise en place" before turning on the stove. I skinned and deboned the thighs, then chopped them into small pieces. I roughly chopped my mushrooms, finely sliced a frozen red chile, and washed and tore up my basil. I assembled the rest of the necessary ingredients on the counter, so that I wasn't searching through the pantry at an inconvenient time. Then it was time to cook! I put a large frying pan over a medium heat, filled a pot with water for the pasta, and brought it to the boil.
This came together very quickly. I fried the chicken and mushrooms in a lug of EVOO with the rosemary for a couple of minutes, then added the anchovy, the red pepper, and the olives. I added some capellini to the water, then added garlic and chile to the frying pan, along with the tomato sauce. When the sauce was simmering, I turned off the heat and threw in most of the basil. I drained the pasta, keeping some of the water aside in case I needed to loosen the pasta up later.
I combined the pasta with the sauce, and tore over the rest of my basil leaves. The full recipe serves six, but since I only used half quantities, I portioned this into three separate bowls. Because of my dairy restriction, I didn't use any parmesan cheese, but I'm sure it would be a lovely addition. However, I didn't miss it at all. This was so flavourful! It's been a long time since I allowed myself a big bowl of pasta, and I wolfed it down. It had a little kick from the chile, but no fishy taste at all from the anchovy.
I was impressed! Quite a healthy pasta, really, if you consider the basil, garlic, tomatoes and mushrooms. I read all about their health benefits this afternoon. Who knew! And you can really stretch a small amount of chicken with this dish. I mean, two thighs for three portions! But it was plenty. I was quite stuffed afterwards. I look forward to left overs. :)