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Natural Awakenings Twin Cities

Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45-50 minutes
Serves: 4-6


¼ c. extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium red onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
2 large carrots, diced
2 large celery stalks, diced
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
10-oz. white mushrooms, sliced
6 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs
¾ c. dry red wine
1 T. tomato paste
2 T. red wine vinegar
2 14-oz. cans crushed tomatoes, with liquid
1½ t. fresh oregano (or ½ t. dried)
1½ t. fresh thyme (or ½ t. dried)
¼ t. crushed red pepper flakes
1 lbs. spaghetti
½ c. black olives, pitted
¼ c. fresh parsley, chopped
¼ c. fresh basil, chopped

Garnish (Optional):

Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Fresh parsley


Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large, high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, pepper, carrots, and celery. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables soften and develop some color, approximately 4-5 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium and add another tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are golden brown and start to release their liquid, approximately 5-6 minutes.

Add the remaining olive oil and the chicken thighs to the skillet. Season with additional salt and pepper, as desired, and sear, approximately 3-4 minutes per side.

Pour in the red wine and deglaze the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon. Simmer until liquid is reduced by one half, approximately 3-4 minutes.

Add the tomato paste, red wine vinegar, crushed tomatoes, herbs, and crushed red pepper flakes. Season with additional salt and black pepper, as desired, and stir to combine. Cover and gently simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thickens, approximately 25-30 minutes.

While the sauce is simmering, prepare the spaghetti according to the package instructions. Set aside and keep warm.

Remove the lid on the sauce and stir in the black olives, parsley, and basil. Serve immediately over the warm, cooked spaghetti with some additional parsley for garnish. Enjoy!

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