Nigella's Pollo Alla Cacciatora

Nigella says this is an old favorite, cooked "the hunter's way" which grants a certain amount of culinary license. I can tell you....it's a new favorite of ours. This one is a real winner. From the photo in Nigella Express I was wondering about the addition of the beans....I am so glad I tossed them in.

What a nice texture and taste they added to this version of chicken cacciatore.

Join me over at IHCC for Nigella's latest inspirations for the theme Midnight Sneaks.........

Ingredients needed are........

1 tablespoon garlic infused oil
1/2 cup pancetta cubes (I used more like 3/4 cup)
6 scallions finely sliced
1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
1 pound chicken thigh fillets, sliced into pieces
1/2 cup white wine (I may have added a tad more )
1 can (14 oz) chopped tomatoes
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 (14 oz.) can cannellini beans, optional


Start by chopping the pancetta, scallions, garlic and rosemary.



Fry up in a bit of garlic oil. Then add bite sized chicken pieces and stir.



Now add tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients except the cannellini beans...........



After it has simmered 20 minutes add the beans, put the lid back on and serve after 10 minutes.



We served this dish over angel hair pasta and it was a nice combo of flavors.



I highly recommend this one.

Nigella Express, Hey Presto section, page 296

14 comments:

Cathy said...

OK...first I must be working too much. I thought it said midnight snakes...not sneaks. I was thinking...yay Pierce...midnight snakes are fun :) 2nd...this dish is being made asap. Love Nigella..love cacciatore. Crappy that I have all my meals for the next 6 weeks planned...something is getting bumped for this!

Cathy said...

Ok...and I know this one isn't my eyesight.....exactly what should I use to substitute for the BAT leaves??? hahahaha....

girlichef said...

Okay....just the hunk of pancetta has me salivating!! This sounds absolutely deeeelicious :D

Debinhawaii said...

I have this one tagged--it looks amazing. I would get up and sneak a bowl of this for sure. ;-)

monicajane said...

oh my, this looks sooo good. I don't have a place to get pancetta that looks like that...the real thing!!

...anyone know where one can get it online? I suppose I can do a google search...

yummy!! I want to make this! but I need to find pancetta first...I generally use a natural bacon when I need pancetta but it's not the same.

Shelly W said...

I've been eyeballing this one. It looks absolutely delicious! I'm with Girlichef...gimme that slab o' pancetta!

Wandering Coyote said...

Sigh....Another Nigella recipe to consider! I MUST get cracking on that cookbook because all your recipes look so good!

Pierce said...

Thanks everyone for the great comments!

OK Cathy, midnight snakes...uh...sneaks, are really good :D And you did read correctly. It does call for bat leaves. I just corrected it to BAY leaves! Spell check isn't the best thing to edit...since Bat IS a word! Haha...snakes, bats...what's up there?

Pancetta...believe it or not but the Nigella cookbook turned us on to ancetta. Never had it before...now it's a "must have" ingredient in the kitchen. God it's good....mmmmm

~~louise~~ said...

Mmmm...Hunter's Stew, an all time favorite. The angel hair pasta is a great idea. Thanks for sharing, Tina...

comfycook said...

It certainly looks delicious. Nigella is good and you are good for bringing it to life.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

That does sound like a great twist on the traditional chicken cacciatore. I love it! We are all about beans lately, so good for you. I am glad they work so well in this dish.

Kim said...

I love it served over pasta like shown in your picture. It sounds like everyone loves the addition of the pancetta :D Looks so comforting and warming. I'm am freezing cold right now!!

lululu said...

nigella is one of my favorite cooks! this dish sounds perfectly delicious!

Donna-FFW said...

This sounds like a fantastic dish. I have never tried a Nigella recipe.. this may be the first.

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