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chicken cacciatore - with or without flour?

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redgirl May 5, 2014 11:37 AM

I'm making cacciatore on Tuesday evening and then reheating it on wed. night for a dinner party at our house. partly because of my work schedule but partly because I think these kind of things taste better the 2nd day.

I made it once long ago - and cannot remember if I lightly floured the chicken pieces when browning. any thoughts on this?

also..i was trolling different recipes and one goes so far as to soak some dried porcinis and then add those and the broth to the pot - but I worry it might become overwhelmingly mushroomy. (I'm doing quartered baby bellas and I love pieces of red peppers in also - I know some recipes leave the peppers out.)

thanks for your opinions.

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  1. monavano RE: redgirl May 5, 2014 11:44 AM

    I make cacciatore a lot.
    Yes, I lightly flour mine and brown in evoo.
    I add mushrooms if I have them, but I use fresh.
    Dried might be too strong.

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      magiesmom RE: redgirl May 5, 2014 12:25 PM

      I don't use flour for this dish, but it is personal preference. I do use some dried mushrooms.

      1. hotoynoodle RE: redgirl May 5, 2014 12:30 PM

        air-dry the chicken pieces in the fridge overnight and you won't need the flour.

        i'd skip the dried mushrooms. if you want more umami add a parm rind or a few anchovies.

        1. C. Hamster RE: redgirl May 5, 2014 03:29 PM

          I love porcinis and use them all the time, but they have an assertive flavor, whereas the creminis you are using do not.

          It's about your palate. If you really like porcinis use them

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            roro808 RE: redgirl May 5, 2014 05:00 PM

            My cacciatore chicken is lighly floured and use lots of fresh mushrooms, white wine and parsley. Agreed that it tastes so much better the next day, served with egg noodle pasta.

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              monavano RE: roro808 May 5, 2014 05:21 PM

              +1 on the white wine.

              Cous cous is especially good with it- soaks up the juices.

            2. letsindulge RE: redgirl May 6, 2014 04:36 PM

              Yes, on the flour for me. Green bells, halved crimmini shrooms, onions, garlic, kalamata olives, capers, and Marsala wine. Coarsely torn basil added during the last 30 minutes. I serve with either rigatoni, or polenta.

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                redgirl RE: redgirl May 9, 2014 10:18 AM

                thanks all. it came out beautifully. yes to the light flouring - and the sauce was just wonderful the 2nd night reheat (for the actual dinner). no to the dried mushrooms but I put lots of thickly sliced criminis and red bell peppers in (sorry, I don't like hot olives...so no to that for me). served it with egg noodles but, I think next time it will go over polenta. our guests were impressed.

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                  letsindulge RE: redgirl May 10, 2014 03:52 PM

                  Cacciatore is SO versatile. I've not come across spicy kalamata oilives, but you can sub in regular black olives with good results. Elevate it a notch for company by serving it with the polenta, or even better yet grilled polenta. Glad it was a success.

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