Yes, I have to put "ala Issa" because this dish does not pan-fry the chicken pieces as in the original cacciatore dish. Remember I told you that I like to simplify cooking? Well, this Chicken Cacciatore recipe is one of my simplified dishes :) Instead of pan-frying the chicken, I just stewed it along with the vegetables and tomato sauce. No frying = less effort, less cooking time, less fat. Win! Below is the easy peasy recipe.
YOU NEED: olive oil, minced garlic, chopped onions, salt & pepper to taste, milk, tomato sauce, olives and cut chicken pieces. Your choice of carbohydrate; we chose spinach fettucine. And no, I can't give you how much you need for each ingredient. I just toss everything and hope to God it works. Haha! My mom says it's talent ;-)
WHAT TO DO:
1. Saute garlic and onion in oil until slightly brown.
2. Add the chicken pieces and let simmer in olive oil and its unhealthy (but yummy) skin fat.3. Add milk (should cover the chicken pieces halfway) and cook for 20min or until no blood comes out of the chicken when poked. Hihi!
4. Add olives and tomato sauce, and simmer for another 10min.
5. Top on rice, pasta or your carbohydrate of choice. Enjoy your chicken cacciatore! :)
1. If you hate mincing garlic, buy Kirkland Minced California Garlic! Just scoop garlic from jar and saute. Easy peasy! We bought ours from SnR Davao. We also bought the Heritage Farms organic milk there. We use milk to tenderize the chicken meat (or any other meat).
2. If you have no time to make tomato sauce from scratch, buy ready-made ones. To save, we buy ours from the GMarket of Gaisano Malls Davao. Inside the market / grocery, there's a Buy1Take1 / Clearance section which frequently displays imported goods like tomato sauce, chicken stock, cookies, etc. YOU'RE WELCOME! :)
3. We used BackyardFarmsPH's pasture-raised, antibiotics- and hormone-free chicken which we bought from Echostore Davao near Robinson's Highlands along Diversion Road. They have lots of organic goodies for sale there plus they serve healthy food too! Check their organic menu.
4. The spinach fettucine pasta we used was from San Remo. It's made of durum wheat flour, 1% spinach, and nothing else! Not sure if durum wheat is ok for gluten-sensitive people so make sure to check.