Chicken Cacciatore Formato Brothers Style

Thanks to our wonderfully talented friend, Gary Marino, here’s a new version of Chicken Cacciatore, Formato Brothers Style

  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • ¼ cup of Kalamata Olives
  • 1 Bottle of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of Formato Brothers Hot Giardiniera

 

In a large pot, heat the oil over a medium-high flame.  Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy nonstick skillet. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and brown, in batches, for 5 minutes on each side. Transfer the chicken pieces to a bowl as they are done.

Remove the skin from the chicken, pour the fat off from the pan and discard.  (Short cut:  buy precooked chicken, remove the skin and cut it up.)

 

Turn the heat down to medium then add chopped garlic and cook until the garlic begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the wine and bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to low.

Add one bottle of tomato sauce

Add 1/2 cup Formato Brothers Hot Giardiniera

Add ¼ cup of Kalamata Olives

Stir and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add cooked chicken to the sauce mixture.

Stir and simmer for 30 minutes to allow chicken to be flavored by the sauce mixture.  OMG……….the flavor is amazing if stored overnight in your refrigerator.

This classic Italian dish must have hundreds of versions, all resulting in a rustic braise of chicken, aromatic herbs and spices. “Some like it hot” my version uses Formato Brothers Hot Giardiniera as the heat and flavor component.  If you prefer a milder sauce then I suggest using Formato Brothers Muffuletta as the flavor enhancer.

Enjoy!

Gary Marino, Formato Friend & Chef Extraordinaire

Pasta Salad

Cook one bag tri-color veggie pasta as directed on the package.  Drain & rinse with cold water.  Add the following ingredients:

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, finely chopped
  • Liberal amount of oregano
  • 3-4 Tblsp Formato Brothers Hot Pepper Spread; ok to use Mild Pepper Spread for a less spicy flavor
  • 1/2 cup white viegar
  • 4 heaping Tsp Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 lb mozzarella cheese, chopped into cubes (optional)
  • Black olives, pitted, sliced; ok to use sliced Kalamata Olives
  • Chill at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with garlic bread.

Buon Appetito!