April 15, 2014

The Chicken Cacciatore Rice Bowl

Chicken Cacciatorie

Sometimes the trick to coming up with new dinner ideas is to take an old favorite and give it a new twist. It isn’t about reinventing the wheel entirely. It is about breathing new life into the tried and true and ending up with something completely new. This is how I came up with this rice bowl idea using Ragú Old World Style Traditional Sauce. I wanted to make my favorite cacciatore from a new angle. So, I decided to serve it over brown rice instead of pasta and, voila, a new meal was born.

The appeal of serving the chicken over rice is that the grains absorb the sauce just as well as pasta, but have a nuttier, creamier flavor. They also are a tad healthier which makes this more appealing than a large plate of noodles. The sauce, however, is the real highlight of this dish. It is packed with 11 tomatoes which makes it far richer and juicier than regular sauce. It is also not too sweet and would taste great in many traditional Italian-Style meals.

For a few more great meal ideas using Ragú Old World Style Traditional Sauce please visit their Facebook page. All you have to do is grab a jar and you have so many options for things to make tonight! And, if you are really in the mood for some fun, enter to win the Ragu Better and Better Sweepstakes for a chance to win Authentic Italian-themed prizes and a Grand Prize of a trip to Italy for a family of four. Ciao!

Sometimes the trick to coming up with new dinner ideas is to take an old favorite and give it a new twist. It isn’t about reinventing the wheel entirely. It is about breathing new life into the tried and true and ending up with something completely new. This is how I came up with this rice bowl idea using Ragú Old World Style Traditional Sauce. I wanted to make my favorite cacciatore from a new angle. So, I decided to serve it over brown rice instead of pasta and, voila, a new meal was born.

The appeal of serving the chicken over rice is that the grains absorb the sauce just as well as pasta, but have a nuttier, creamier flavor. They also are a tad healthier which makes this more appealing than a large plate of noodles. The sauce, however, is the real highlight of this dish. It is packed with 11 tomatoes which makes it far richer and juicier than regular sauce. It is also not too sweet and would taste great in many traditional Italian-Style meals.

For a few more great meal ideas using Ragú Old World Style Traditional Sauce please visit their Facebook page. All you have to do is grab a jar and you have so many options for things to make tonight! And, if you are really in the mood for some fun, enter to win the Ragu Better and Better Sweepstakes for a chance to win Authentic Italian-themed prizes and a Grand Prize of a trip to Italy for a family of four. Ciao!

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The Chicken Cacciatore Rice Bowl
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Ingredients

  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • olive oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ cup dry white wine
  • 28 ounces Ragu traditional sauce
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 6 cups cooked brown rice

Instructions

  1. 1. In a large bowl mix a large pinch of salt and pepper with the flour. Dredge the chicken thigh pieces in the flour, tossing well to coat.
  2. 2. In a wide skillet warm a large glug of olive oil and cook the chicken for about 4 minutes, turning well so each side is evenly browned. Remove it to a plate and set aside. Add the pepper, onion, and garlic and sauté until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Then add the wine and simmer until it is reduced by half. Finally, pour in the tomato sauce and simmer for 5 minutes, or until thickened.
  3. 3. Divide the rice into four deep bowls and top with even amounts of the chicken cacciatore. Serve hot.
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