Sunday Supper: Chicken Cacciatore

During the week our meals are thrown together, microwaved, baked from a box, eaten while standing-up, gulped at the counter or eaten in the car on the way to soccer practice, or on the way back. On the way to geometry tutoring or on the way back-it is organized chaos during the week.

On Sundays, we take a different approach.  Sunday Supper is a tradition in our family.  It is an opportunity to gather our family and friends, enjoy quality time together, and eat a real meal.

Sunday Suppers are typically hearty family style meals served on platters that can be passed around in a communal style. Weather permitting is almost always enjoyed outdoors. This my friends makes for some our best memories as a family.

I have been making this Emeril Lagasse Chicken Cacciatore recipe for many years-It is foolproof, easy to prepare and can serve a crowd.

If you have not had a Sunday Supper in awhile, make plans, invite the family and a few good friends, sit down and enjoy a meal together.

Chicken Cacciatore
Serves 4
Recipe from Emeril Lagassee

4 chicken thighs
4 chicken drumsticks
4 chicken wings
Emeril’s Essence Seasoning
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
Freshly ground pepper
2 cups sliced shitake mushrooms, cleaned and stemmed
2 Tablespoons chopped garlic
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes, peeled and seeded
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup chicken stock
pinch of red pepper
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs thyme
1 Tablespoon basil
1/2 pound cooked fettuccine or spaghetti
4-ounces grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
Season the chicken with Essence.  Season the flour with Essence.  Dredge the chicken in the seasoned flour, coating completely.  In a large Dutch oven, over medium-high heat, add oil.  When the oil is hot, add the chicken and brown for 2-3 minutes each side.  Remove the chicken and set aside.  
Add the onions.  Season with salt and pepper.  Continue to sauté for 2 minutes.  Stir in the wine, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and stock.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Stir in red pepper, bay leaf, thyme and basil.  Add the chicken back to the mixture.  Reduce heat to medium and cover.  Simmer for 1-hour or until tender.  Garnish with cheese and parsley.

33 thoughts on “Sunday Supper: Chicken Cacciatore

  1. Velva, you have brought back memories with this dish. It has been years….but I truly love it and this one does look doable. Sunday dinner in our home has always been special going way back to my mother and mother-in-law. We also made it special with our daughters when they were living at home. And still, to this day, Sunday dinner is always well-planned and enjoyed. It's a great time for families to talk after a busy week.


  2. I'm in love! I absolutely adore chicken cacciatore and this version looks a lot like the one my dad used to make when I was a kid (minus the Emeril spices, I guess!) Happy weekend to you!


  3. We have dinner every Sunday too. The chicken sounds amazing! I love the pic that shows that poor person sitting there patiently waiting to dig in:@)


  4. I am such a fan of Emeril's recipes (always surprises me that his recipes aren't more popular). Either way, this is a gorgeous family-sized plate of food. I love the serving dish you've used. So welcoming!


  5. This was always one of my favorite Sunday suppers growing up. I use a similar recipe – and just back in all the sauce. Emeril's recipe looks perfect and the proof is in the picture. (Sadly cannot taste it from here.)


  6. I can so relate to this post Velva! I hate being so busy that we have to eat on the run so often. I even gave up my blog being just a food blog because it's so rare that I do anything real creative in the kitchen these days. Sundays are still always for good homemade food, and whenever possible family time too. It's difficult when the kids are older and all working to get them all home together at the same time even on Sundays 😦


  7. I have been a search for the ultimate chicken cacciatore recipe and love Emeril's recipe, plus with your stamp of approval through the years, that speaks volumes to me, Velva. Sorry that I have been absent from commenting on your blog for the last few months. I'm just getting back into my regular groove regarding blogging since my father's illness and passing. I've missed my good blogging friends!


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