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Sometimes simple is best. Simple and hearty? Even better.
The Good Kitchen began as a way for Founder Amber Lewis to share her (paleo) take on home-style dishes with friends. This chicken cacciatore — or “hunter-style” — chicken is in line with that vision.
Substitute spaghetti squash for (more traditional) pasta to add another layer of vegetables, as well as a little crunch and texture in each bite. Using spaghetti squash also makes this chicken cacciatore compliant across all Whole Life Challenge nutrition levels.
Chicken Cacciatore with Buttered Spaghetti Squash
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 4 chicken breast boneless and skinless, quartered
- 4 cups crushed tomato
- 1 cup onion diced
- 1 cup red bell pepper diced
- 1 cup crimini mushroom sliced
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp garlic minced
- 2 tbsp capers
- 2 tbsp butter cubed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh basil sliced chiffonade style for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds with a spoon.
Place the squash cut side down on a baking sheet. Roast for 35 minutes.
When squash is done roasting, scrape out the inside into a bowl, using a fork to form long strands.
Add butter to hot squash and mix until melted, season with salt and pepper.
While squash is in the oven heat a large Dutch oven (or other heavy pot) over medium-high heat.
Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper on both sides.
Add olive oil to Dutch oven and sear chicken pieces, working in batches, until brown but not cooked through. Remove the chicken from the Dutch oven and reserve.
Add onion and peppers to Dutch oven and saute for 3 minutes.
Add garlic and cook, stirring often, for 1 minute or until fragrant.
Add mushroom and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
Pour in chicken stock and scrape the bottom of the pot removing brown bits using a wooden spoon.
Reduce heat to low and add crushed tomatoes and capers. Bring to a simmer.
Return chicken to the pot. Nestle the chicken pieces in the sauce and simmer covered for 30-45 minutes.
Serve chicken and sauce over spaghetti squash and garnish with basil.