Tested till perfect Chicken Cacciatore and Polenta

Chicken Cacciatore and Polenta

Polenta squares topped with chicken cacciatore will bring make-it-again requests at home or for a potluck.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: November 2006

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  • Portion size 12


  • 2 tbsp 2tbspvegetable oil
  • 2 lb 2lbboneless skinless chicken thighboneless skinless chicken thighs, cut_in half
  • 1 1oniononions, chopped
  • 3 3garlic clovegarlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups 4cupsbutton mushroombutton mushrooms, quartered (about 8 oz/250 g)
  • 1 1carrotcarrots, chopped
  • 1 1celery stalkcelery stalks, chopped
  • 1 tsp 1tspcrumbled dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspdried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspdried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tsppepper
  • 1 can 1can(28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatotomatoes
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cuptomato paste
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspbalsamic vinegar


  • 5 cups 5cupswater
  • 3/4 tsp 3/4tspsalt
  • 1 cup 1cupcornmeal
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupgrated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupchopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspextra virgin olive oil
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In shallow Dutch oven, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil over medium-high heat; brown chicken, in batches and adding more oil as necessary. Transfer to plate. Drain fat from pan.

Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, carrot, celery, rosemary, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper; sautee until softened and no liquid remains, about 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes and tomato paste; bring to boil. Return chicken and any juices to pan; reduce heat and simmer until space does not fill in after spoon is drawn across bottom of pan, about 40 minutes. Stir in vinegar. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate, uncovered, in airtight container until cold; cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)

Polenta: Meanwhile, in large saucepan, bring water and salt to boil over high heat; reduce heat to low. Gradually whisk in cornmeal; cook, stirring often with wooden spoon, until thickened enough to mound on spoon, about 10 minutes. Stir in Parmesan cheese and parsley. Spread in greased 13- x 9-inch (3 L) glass baking dish. Let cool until set, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate, uncovered, until cold; cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Cut polenta into 12 squares. Brush both sides with oil; broil, turning once, until hot and golden, about 6 minutes. To serve, spoon cacciatore over polenta.

Additional information :

Tips: Instead of spreading polenta in baking dish, spoon it into bowls and top immediately with cacciatore.

Polenta that's ready to slice and heat is available in tubes in many grocery stores.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 236 pro 19g total fat 11g sat. fat 3g
carb 16g fibre 3g chol 68mg sodium 503mg

% RDI:

calcium 10 iron 16 vit A 16 vit C 25
folate 17
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