Chicken Cacciatore: Quick Dinner in Minutes
History states that the classic Italian dish cacciatore started out as a meal prepared hunter-style, using chicken or rabbit in a tomato sauce with mushrooms and various herbs.
This pressure cooker recipe pays tribute to the minimal fuss associated with cacciatore. Instead of 45 minutes cooking time using a large frying pan, this particular chicken cacciatore recipe cooks in a pressure cooker in just 10 minutes! Add the saueting needed at the start, and you're already finished after about half and hour. Basically the same long-simmered flavour, minus the long cooking time.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4 (as main course)
The result is chicken that is very juicy and fork tender, a wonderful sauce that's tasty and pairs perfectly well with pasta or rice. You don't have to be suspicious about the short cooking time and easy instructions; let your taste buds be the judge.
- 15ml olive oil
- 3 shallots, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
- 280g mushrooms, sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 5-6 skinless chicken breasts, halved
- 2 cups crushed tomatoes
- 30ml tomato paste
- 170g pitted black olives
- 50g parmesan cheese
- 120ml dry white wine
- Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- In a large pressure cooker, saute shallots and bell pepper until shallots soften slightly, or around 2 minutes.
- Add the dry white wine. Bring to a boil until the liquid is reduced in half.
- Cook mushrooms and garlic, stirring ocassionally and removing any browned bits at the bottom of the pressure cooker. Lay the chicken on top and cover with crushed tomatoes. Be careful not to stir. Set tomato paste on top.
- Secure the lid in place and bring to high pressure, according to manufacturer's instruction. Reduce the heat to stabilise the pressure. Cook until chicken is tender, or around 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat. Let pressure release naturally. Carefully remove lid and allow steam to escape.
- Stir in the olives and cheese. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with additional sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
Optional: You can also add a dash of chopped fresh parsley and crushed hot red pepper flakes, the latter for a spicy kick.
You can serve it the way Italians do, over pasta. Polenta or rice is also an excellent choice. If you want to incorporate more greens, serve it over heaps of shredded cabbage or stir-fried vegetables. Or you can simply add side dishes such as baked potatoes, salad, or crusty bread. As you can see, the sauce alone of this chicken cacciatore is tasty enough to be paired with other foods. You won't run out of choices.
This pressure cooker chicken cacciatore is a quick, great dish for family dinners. A proof that you don't have to spend hours in the kitchen to serve up a delicious meal.
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